Diane Haddad of the Insider Blog at Family Tree Magazine announced the following:
Thank you Family Tree Magazine for embarking on an endeavor to recognize the growing segment of the genealogy community known as GeneaBloggers. I believe it is long overdue by the real world genealogy publications. That said, I have a few questions and I am not trying to be a wet blanket.
Do you have a favorite few genealogy blogs that you read regularly? Maybe the blogger offers excellent genealogy advice, insightful analysis or a unique point of view. Or the writing especially creative or humorous.
If so, we want to know about it. In the May 2010 issue, we’ll be naming the Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs (“Family Tree 40” for short).
First, we’re asking the genealogy community to nominate the genealogy blogs they read most. Later, family historians will vote on their favorite blogs in several categories.
The nomination period is from Sept. 3 to 30. You can nominate as many blogs as you want (one at a time), your own included, as long as each blog is related to family history in some way.
Voting will take place from Oct. 5 to Nov. 5.
1. Do you have a favorite few genealogy blogs that you read regularly? You can nominate as many blogs as you want (one at a time), your own included, as long as each blog is related to family history in some way.
I just checked Chris Dunham's (The Genealogue) Genealogy Blog Finder and he is tracking 1,413 genealogy blogs.
Each blog votes for itself and let's say 10 others. That would be 15,543 nominations (now of course we know there will be duplicates and some of the 1,413 blogs are not active. I'm no math wizard, nor do I know anything about probabilities, so I can only guess at that number). So I'm choosing 1,000 to work with.
Now we, your readers, thought enough of these blogs to nominate them. Will we vote on each of the 1,000 nominations or will Family Tree Magazine cull them into say 200 blogs to vote on? If we aren't voting on all the blogs nominated, how will FTM determine those 200 blogs? Nominated the most number of times? Family Tree Magazine's favorites of the nominations? Just asking. And I will disclose that I am nominating my Top 40.
2. Family historians will vote on their favorite blogs in several categories.
What are those categories? Are they the teasers written in Diane's post? (Maybe the blogger offers excellent genealogy advice, insightful analysis or a unique point of view. Or the writing especially creative or humorous.)
Or, are the categories the product of the descriptions we wrote as to why we nominated certain blogs? I find it so difficult to pigeon hole genealogy blogs. Look at the questions below and insert a blog name. You could probably answer yes for all of the blogs you've nominated.
Does [Blog Name] offer excellent genealogy advice? Does [Blog Name] display insightful analysis? Does [Blog Name] offer a unique point of view? Is [Blog Name's] writing especially creative or humorous.
Does GeneaMusings offer excellent genealogy advice? Absolutely! Does GeneaMusings display insightful analysis? Always! Does GeneaMusings offer a unique point of view?Absolutely! Is GeneaMusings writing especially creative or humorous. I think so!
At one time or another Randy has been all those things. So what category of blog does this make Randy Seaver's GeneaMusings? Especially when determined after the fact. Do you see my point?
I truly wish I had known those categories before nominating. I would have structured my nominations to the categories, not the categories to the nominations. The only way it can be done now, and a way that could leave some very deserving (round peg in a square hole) blogs wanting if all nominations are not up for a vote.
3. Voting will take place from Oct. 5 to Nov. 5.
Will I only have one vote per category? Will I have forty votes? Inquiring voters want to know.
4. Family Tree Magazine has provided the following badge:
Hey bloggers, want to garner nominations from your readers?
Post this icon on your blog and link back to http://www.familytreemagazine.com/article/40bestnominations.
I will participate and promote this project wholeheartedly. However, I am uncomfortable with a "nominate me" badge. I am posting an altered form of the badge here on footnoteMaven and on Shades Of The Departed.
I am asking everyone who reads this to participate. Nominate your favorite GeneaBlogs! Support our band of GeneaBloggers! Vote if you have a blog, vote if you are a blog reader! Each and every one contributes to a terrific online experience. There is no more generous group of bloggers online.
And support Family Tree Magazine for taking on this project. As you can see, this will not be an easy task.