My mom and I have a running joke of sorts. When one of her children (including sons-in-law) gets his or her name in print, she puts her copy of the publication on the coffee table. This started when my brother-in-law was in a surfing magazine. Basically, you can see the back of his head in a photo of a surf resort, but that counts by mom's rules.
For months, that magazine sat alone on the coffee table. Then I was mentioned in Family Tree Magazine's Top 40 Blogs for 2010. My mom bought a copy and I earned a spot on the coffee table. My brother-in-law countered by being interviewed on television. This trumped my magazine mention and his surfer mag got to be on top of my mom's coffee table magazine stack.
Most of the items I've had published have been online or in print magazines that aren't available to the general public (such as the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly). This has put me at a disadvantage in the great family media competition, and I have to do more.
This week I bring to the table an interview with Geni.com. I've used this site for a while. It holds my family tree, as well as tagged photos of my ancestors. It is a place my family can go look at their history whenever they feel like it.
The staff of the Geni blog asked to interview me earlier this month and I was honored by the consideration. Here is a link to that interview. Granted, it's not in print, but maybe it's enough to get my magazine back on the top of mom's coffee table.
We shall see...