Blogging…Why Bother?

For more than two decades, I have researched my and my spouse’s families’ histories. Initially, I did this for myself and my children—to connect us to the past through our ancestors.

Over time, my tree has grown. New branches have sprouted for the in-laws’, step-families’, and others’ families. Currently, nearly 12,000 people inhabit our combined family trees.

As a butterfly
Beating its wings,
Yearning to be free,
Tales flail in my mind,
Ready to fly.

A little over eight years ago, I decided that I should share the stories of these people with a larger audience, so I began this blog. Some of the tales I tell are inspiring, some are action-packed, some are tragic, and some are appalling.

The problem is that very few want to read my posts, especially my family.

I speak, but no one hears.
I write, but no one reads.
An author without an audience,
I tell tales that
No one wants told.

I swear I feel just like the little child showing off his/her latest drawing who, instead of receiving a pat on the head or a standing ovation, is told, “Who cares?”

Seriously, what does a girl need to do to grow and engage her audience, especially when her own extensive family, who should be her biggest cheerleaders, refuses to even read what she writes?

I know some bloggers possess the secret to success because I have read genealogical websites that garner dozens of likes and comments per post. Heck, there are even genealogical bloggers who post a picture and nothing else who get more thumbs-up than I could ever hope to attain.

According to my stats, the most likes I have received are for my book reviews. Granted, I love reading books and then providing reviews for potential readers, but these reviews take significantly less time and effort than the research and writing of our ancestors’ stories. So again, I ask: “Why the heck am I doing this?”

I have tried everything to engage readers. Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter are saturated with my posts. Although I do gain likes at these social media sites, it has not grown my blog audience. So, what more can I do? Do I keep writing on, or do I put hang up my keyboard? Hmmm…

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  3. Carol Radowenchuk

    Sometimes it is hard to accept that others do not think, act…respond as we would like? I try to see all sides but ultimately my goal is to share what I know, regardless of what others do. I can only control me. I wish I knew more and I’ve seen my photos shared without a thanks or a credit given but then I go back to my ultimate goal. I am so thankful that I have had time to see the graves and obtain the records that I collected. I cried when I saw my uncle had no headstone and was able to have one placed through a very generous gentleman with absolutely no blood tie to me. Although, I haven’t met any relatives in person, I am glad to be able to learn through KTC’s stories especially through my tie to her hubby. 🙂

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  4. I know what you mean. I have family, both immediate and extended, who are always erecting family history road blocks. Although I understand that the past is difficult for some to remember, refusing to even share photos… sigh.

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  5. I’m definitely a voice in the familial wilderness. It’s my hobby so I don’t expect everyone else to have anywhere near the same level of engagement as me. I can see from the stats that there’s a flutter of interest every time I post links to a blog post on my Facebook page.

    The thing that does bother me is my extended family’s lack of interest when it comes to helping me out with information and photos. That’s far more frustrating!

    Keep going. I definitely will. I’m still longing for a distant cousin to contact me after stumbling across a common ancestor via one of my posts. That’s probably the main reason why I started blogging about people in my family tree.

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  6. I’ll give it a shot! Send them my way 🙂

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