In late 2008, I wrote a series of topic ideas collectively titled, "Jump Start Your Genealogy Blog: 52 Ideas, 52 Weeks." The intent was to provide something for new genealogy bloggers to write about each week of the year.
At the end of 2009, Thomas MacEntee asked me to write another series to be featured on GeneaBloggers. There were only a few days before the new year and the deadline was tight. My idea was to get genealogists out of their comfort zone and encourage them to look at new sources and places for research. On a tray table of a middle seat of an airplane, I wrote the series that would be "52 Weeks to Better Genealogy." I wasn't sure how it would be received by the genealogy public.
The series' popularity exceeded my expectations. It was so neat to see so many people accept the weekly challenges and try new things. Some tools were loved, some were hated, but they were all tested.
We've hit the 52nd week and there are no more new challenges in the series. I hope you enjoyed it and learned something along the way. I really enjoyed reading everyone's experiences. Thank you to everyone who played along.
To answer the inevitable question that will be asked in the comments, yes, there is another series in the 2011 gate. This new one was written mainly on paper, in the car while waiting in the school pick-up line.
The topic is under wraps until it's debut at GeneaBloggers. Just know that it's entirely different than the last two series and may be new territory for some of you. Are you curious? Good. Then I've done my job.
Happy blogging in 2011.