Defining the Genealogy Community - Comments and Thoughts
Interesting how the "Hot Topics" show up at the busy time. More importantly one wants to answer the
query with serious thought and not provocation.
Having read that there was a comment: "Are Bloggers the New Experts?", I had to set on my response a bit.
Blogging in no way makes anyone an expert, but it does let someone who may be an expert in some area or arena of Genealogy to shine and be an Expert. Blogging is a form of communication used to share information or find information.
Playing on the use of words, yes and making sure there is a difference yes, and I am thrilled to see others reading some of the forward thinking people on Google+. People whom make businesses thrive have great ideas we can apply to what we do for promoting Genealogy.
Amazing how many business people are seriously interested in Genealogy. Always a collective voice works better than singular voice.
As a genealogist and blogger, yes we can become the "NEW SOMEBODIES," but we want to do it with positive
words and actions.
As to making money doing genealogy, I have done both research for fee and research for free. Would I like to make money at it? That is the bigger question. If you have a client you are generally very time constrained. Being paid or not does not affect my work, the thrill of the find is always the top end.
I think we have the moral responsibility to assist our fellow man, ie genealogists, historians, family members etc.
There is no reason why you can not earn money doing it also. Observing the many genealogy minded people I have over the years, I find we tend to be the moral fiber of our community. We need to think on that and act according to our inner thoughts. I am totally for being paid and for doing some for free. Events vary and distance and costs, so we need to look at the over all picture and respond accordingly. Genealogical Writers will not make money if the people do not like what they publish, just like any author.
As stated in a previous blog I have found a blog I follow and he is not a working genealogy blogger he is a writing blogger. Some day I will ask him if he does genealogy. I pay for some of my information gladly.
Regarding what is the word "Community" mean to us, I suspect to the bulk of the genealogists I have met it almost implies like an outer circle of family. We are a family of sorts and share with each other in much the same manner as a working family holding each other up and together in good times and bad.
We hug and share and we express our thoughts and move on generally.
Happy New Year and may your New Year be Peaceful and Genealogically Prosperous.