Ancestral Notes

My Family History blog

I Missed My First Blogaversary!

I have been too busy to even notice that I have been blogging for a full year now, my blogaversary was yesterday and I missed it. I knew it was in February but I took my blogaversary icon off my site when I did my Christmas redecorating and forgot about it.

I started this blog a year ago because Sheri at Twig Talk and I belonged to the same genealogy group and she was always posting about blogging and how rewarding it was. Well, that group that we belonged to is now at another site and Sheri and another member, Norma, started their own group, Seeking Our Twigs. Since I was a regular, Sheri decided to make me a manager as well. So we three are managing a group of eleven members. We usually talk about the weather and other things going on in our lives, but we do brainstorming there as well. I follow the group in Google Reader, the same way that I follow the blogs. I don’t miss the larger group at all since I’ve left, it has been replaced by a much larger group, Geneabloggers, where every member has their own website. I don’t have to decide, I can be a big fish in a little pond as well as a little fish in a big pond!

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Who Is "Genealogy" And What Can We Do To Protect Our Blogs?

Thomas MacEntee brought this subject to our attention last summer on the group on Facebook as well as at Geneabloggers. Splogs are created to direct traffic to their site which is full of stolen content. I was on Your Family Tree, a splog that Thomas MacEntee alerted us about and it was like deja vu, a lot of blog posts that I’ve read before. I haven’t seen any of my posts out there yet but I searched and found a Follow Friday Geneabloggers post that mentioned my blog. I didn’t take time to go through over 1800 genealogy posts that were there, so there probably is one. To people that aren’t bloggers, the site looks like an authentic research site, but once you start searching, it is obvious that none of the material on the site is original.

I have posted my Creative Commons License on my website but I don’t think anyone from these sites actually go to the sites to read them, so I am going to be putting my license on every blog post. It clearly states that it is not to be used on a commercial website. I hope that this makes them think twice about adding my content to their sites.

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Ancestral Notes by Earline Hines Bradt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Canada License.

Filed under: Blogging, Creative Commons License, splogs

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