Wednesday, July 1, 2009

How My Mom Prepared Me For the Geneablogger Summit

9 Genealogy Bloggers descended upon the Southern California Genealogical Jamboree this year in the form of a Geneablogger Summit

The summit, sponsored by Thomas MacEntee of Geneablogger fame, was a follow up to last years event and was aptly named "Son of Blogger."

I walked in to the banquet room about 15 minutes prior to the start time and immediately cringed as I realized I was the last panelist to arrive. (I had carefully budgeted my time between the Family Tree Magazine booth and the various events)

Dick Eastman rushed up to me and whispered "oh good! I'm not alone!" And I first I thought he meant that he, too, had just arrived. But soon he showed me his empty hands and confided it hadn't occurred to him to bring his laptop.

Laptop? What laptop? Who said we needed to bring a laptop? My mother taught me it was impolite to talk on the phone or type on a computer while talking to someone, so I certainly assumed that applied to being part of a presentation as well! (Turns out my mother is old school!)

Above: Dick and I laptopless while Shelley blogs

A quick rummage through my purse revealed my trusty digital voice recorder which I promptly whipped out on to the table before us and cleverly held up during my introduction saying that it was my blogging / podcasting weapon of choice. I like to think everyone thought it was planned.

We then we proceeded to spend one hour and five minutes introducing ourselves. No, that's not a typo - 1 hour and 5 minutes! Note to selves: "they invited us because they know who we are - cut intros short!"

During my intro moderator George Morgan showed my "Socks to America" video. I published it on YouTube about 2 years ago before Genealogists took over Facebook, so while it got a lot of views, it didn't get "Facebook shared" as it might today. It was fun to see a fresh response to one of my fave projects. My motto: Genealogy should be fun!"

But the most interesting folks were these (photo right): The Audience! Check out the adorable laughing gal in the front row! That's my kind of gal. These folks asked great questions and were feverishly taking notes on how to blog.

I trust that next year we'll see an expansion of genealogy blogging at Jamboree - perhaps with a How To Intro Class, followed up by an "Ask the Experts" type panel summit. Knowing the Jamboree's leadership, I have no doubt that genealogy blogging will only get bigger and better at future conferences.

Son of Blogger Panelists:
Lisa Louise Cooke
Ancestry Insider
Stephen Danko
Shelley Talalay Dardashti
Dick Eastman
Craig Manson
Leiland Meitzler
George Morgan
Pat Richley


footnoteMaven said...

You were mah-velous! Of course we thought it was planned.

Enjoyed meeting you and getting a chance for some girl talk. You are the bomb!


Lisa Louise Cooke said...

Same back at ya FM!

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

I arrived here from your tweet -thanks for sharing the feeling of what it's like to be at one of these conferences.
Evelyn in Montreal

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

Hi again - Craig Manson has a new address:

Evelyn in Montreal

Schelly Talalay Dardashti said...

Hi, Lisa - it was great to meet you in person!

Schelly Talalay Dardashti