Friday, August 22, 2008

Getting To Know Me - Getting To Know All About The footnoteMaven's Blog

Bloggers need to burn with a restless intensity that makes people want to come back and see what they've got to say. Times UK Online.

My real name is not footnoteMaven. I'm sure all of you have figured that out by now. If you squint your eyes just right I look exactly like the picture of the footnoteMaven above.

The name footnoteMaven came from a classmate in a Nearby History Workshop at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle long before I was a Genea-Blogger. My fellow writers would hand out their work to be critiqued and I would continually say, "I would have believed you if you had just cited your source." One of my writer friends started calling me the footnoteMaven and it stuck. I am the footnoteMaven in the real world as well as the blogosphere.

I love what Thomas MacEntee said about my name in The Week In Facebook - 8/22/2008: (yes, it is one word - like Madonna, Cher and other estimable divas). Thanks Thomas! Me a dive, hardly, but it looks good in print.

I didn't get into blogging to be another Dick Eastman or the lovely Dear Myrtle. They have the market cornered and do an admirable job. I leave the "breaking news" to them. I wanted to blog for the pure enjoyment of creating with a group of people who didn't roll their eyes and yawn every time I started talking about my latest genealogy project. I wanted to learn from a group of people who had continually demonstrated they were willing to share their expertise. I wanted to benefit from their comments on my work.

My first post was for the Carnival of Genealogy. I watched the other Genea-Bloggers write for the Carnival and I wanted to try to tell my family story. I created the footnoteMaven blog and then posted Shelter From the Storm, Stories of the Home and Hearth. I didn't receive a single comment, but Jasia of Creative Gene was very kind in her introduction of my article. She has unselfishly encouraged me ever since.

I use my blog to try out the many methods of writing that will become my family history and if you're a reader of this blog you know I also love to tinker with graphics, old photographs, and the ways to use them in our written family histories and as gifts. I create a poster for every COG and just about any other request for graphics I receive.

When I started the footnoteMaven blog I knew I needed something that would help me stand out among the many fine genealogy blogs being written at the time, so I constructed a Quilt of Genea-Bloggers. A visual representation of my blog roll. It did help to launch me. Today there are so many more genea-blogs being written it is difficult for a new blog to establish its place in the mix. Don't give up, it takes a while to establish yourself.

My favorite post will always be Finding That Two Hundredth Edwardian Woman in a White Dress. It was inspired by a terrific blogger, Janice Brown of Cow Hampshire and I will be eternally grateful to her for her inspiration and good humor. That post along with Dating Old Photographs :: Becky's Mystery Photograph #9 were the impetus for creating my companion blog Shades of The Departed. I love photographs and their mysteries. Now I write about them in a far more structured digital magazine.

There are other posts that I have enjoyed writing.

One such post was My Ancestors Didn't Raise No Fools - April Or Otherwise - Or Did They? about my father and his sense of humor. Another was, I Once Was The Great Pumpkin a Halloween post and The Tale Is Here To Tell a story of family myths.

I have done some actual genealogy articles, one such being What's In A Name about family names, hereditary names and their origins. Get Organized :: Store Information Directly In Your Photographs a post that landed fM a spot on Dear Myrtle's podcast, and Little Red Genetic Hood, a genetics spoof inspired by Terry Thornton of Hill Country.

I have contributed a new word to the lexicon of the blogging world; Blodging, courtesy of my long suffering husband. Blogging takes a real commitment, as does consistency in the work product. It is not easy to keep a blog going for years. The failure rate for new blogs is probably very close to that of new restaurants, but I would do it all over again tomorrow and change nothing. I love blogging or blodging as the case may be!

I have made so many wonderful friends in all parts of the world. They have given me encouragement, support and assistance, and I thank them and hope I have done the same for them.

You will note I have listed my email at the bottom of my blog. Not sure you want to enter the world of commenting yet? You can always send an email to me. I love getting comments and email (we all do), the good, the bad, and the "just hello." I do my best to respond to them all. Genea-bloggers are the most inclusive group of people I know.



Blogger Donna said...


It was very nice to go back and read some of your posts that I had missed in those days "before" I was blogging. Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed them very much.


August 23, 2008 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger wendy said...

fM - you do a wonderful job & as a digital scrapbook artist (& paper graphics artist!) - I love the way you use photographs & the images you create for the CoG and other items!

August 23, 2008 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Jasia said...

Yours is one of the most insightful, educational, and entertaining blogs in the blogosphere. You have set a standard that all the rest of us now strive to achieve. You give genealogy a good name and make all the rest of us proud to know you. Thank you for all that you do to promote genealogy, photography, and writing with style and class.

August 24, 2008 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Family Curator said...

You are not only a great blogger, you are a wonderful mentor and motivator. Thank your for the encouragement and inspiration you provide to all of us fledglings.

August 25, 2008 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


The old before I knew what I was doing posts. Glad you liked them! Some of them I love just for the memories.

And may I say how glad I am you are blogging. I love your writing. You are the best of the best.


August 25, 2008 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Thank you so much for your kind comments about my graphic work. It's like writing - I have to do it.

Love your blog and so glad you are a part of the geneablogging community.


August 25, 2008 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


If I am a mentor and a motivator, then I owe it all to the woman who commented just before you. Thank you for saying so, I hope I honor Jasia by example.

She was all those things to me, I just try to pay it forward.


August 25, 2008 at 7:17 PM  

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