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…