The fifth and final installment of the Genea-opportunities series looks back at the weeks' discussions and asks where genealogy goes from here.
"...we'll recap the discussion and see how the genealogy community and industry needs to move forward in its relationship to money."
I'm really glad this topic came up and was discussed by so many people on their blogs.
I can't speak for others, but the feedback I received from my posts was overwhelmingly positive. Hopefully readers found my own experiences helpful in charting their own paths.
This conversation moved well among the bloggers, but I'm not sure it carried further. Did vendors read up? What about the more prominent professional genealogists? I did not see any chatter on the email list to which I subscribe, or in my Facebook news feed (with the exception of other bloggers). My hope is that members of both of these camps read the discussions, even if they didn't comment.
The genealogy industry is growing. Really growing. It is at an intersection with Technology Road and Baby Boomer Boulevard. We all need to position ourselves on this highway, no matter our reasons for being here. Hobbyists will have choices and voices in what is offered. Professionals will have increased competition and increased opportunities. Vendors will hopefully focus on where genealogy is going rather than where it is at this minute.
In order to move forward, this discussion needs to continue. Hopefully the momentum is maintained long after this blog series is over. I would love to see more intermediate blogging sessions that discuss monetization and more at conferences. I'm considering proposing such an unconference session at RootsTech 2012. In fact, more panel and roundtable discussions at professional genealogy conferences would really tap into the collective wisdom. Thomas MacEntee is considering forming a "pro" sub-site in Geneabloggers. I hope he does because I want to talk about this topic and don't feel there is currently a good place to do so.
So what about you? What did you think about this Genea-opportunities blog series? Did you learn anything?
Thanks to my readers for letting me be a part of it. I promise now this blog will get back to the adventures in genealogy and the fun stuff, too. Onward.