I was feeling quite guilty because I haven’t managed to write a weekly post recently. Work, holidays, family stuff, gardening and a rotten broadband connection have all combined to make it impossible to sit down and write regularly.
Then a few days ago I read a post on a blog called “myheritagehappens” which made me reflect on why I write this blog. Firstly, it’s to help me organise my research and ensure that it doesn’t just languish in dusty files and boxes. Secondly, I want to get the names I’m researching out there on the internet so that others can find me and connections can be made. Thirdly, I hoped that writing would help me to document my thoughts and suggest new avenues to pursue.
This year I began to feel that as I hadn’t made any startling new discoveries I didn’t have anything include in my blog. On reflection, though, even the smallest snippet of information might prompt someone to get in touch with a recollection, fact or photo.
So I shall try to return to my previous pattern of a weekly post, but it won’t necessarily be full of detailed genealogy. The blog may become more of a repository for facts and records that I’ve found along the way – or just questions that have emerged from my research.
Taking a broader view may well prove fruitful – and if you are reading this and are connected – however distantly – do get in touch.