After almost two weeks of stewing on my genealogy goals for 2013 I have finally narrowed it down as much as I can. Never an easy feat for me as I’m usually a bit too ambitious and make more goals than is possible to be completed. All the same, I like a good challenge! So here goes..
- Minimize hopping around on my family tree.
- Develop a research plan and consistently add to it.
- Go back and document earlier research.
- Take advantage of at least one free webinar each month.
- Attend the 2013 Family History Jamboree in Dayton.
- Attend the 2013 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Attend the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Blog & Social Networking
- Write smaller and more frequent blog posts.
- Respond to all comments.
- Share relevant blogs and articles of interest to others through my social networks.
In-Depth Genealogist Writing
- Meet all writing obligations and have articles and blog posts completed 2 months ahead of schedule.
- Complete the State Resource pages.
- Create more resource pages for the columnists.
- Participate in The Family History Writing Challenge by writing 300 words a day for the month of February. My focus will be the Morse family.
- Complete a book on the Morse family including citations, photographs, and narratives.
- Submit the three assigned articles for publishing as part of the Archives.com Expert Series.
- Contact genealogy magazines about possible writing assignments.
- Use SEO and keyword linking throughout pages and posts.
- Add more free features to drive others to my site.
Communication with Clients
- Better educate clients about the research process before getting to the point of developing a research plan or contract.
- Keep track of time spent on Pro Bono work for IDG, Generous Genealogists, Family Search indexing, and the Morse family website.
- Document the time spent on Marketing, Research, Finances, and Potential Clients.
Family Tree Designs
- Advertise trees to other genealogists for use in their books for clients (or themselves).
- Develop new designs for sale.
Increase Client Work
- Contact potential clients quickly with a thorough explanation of available services.
- Follow up with potential clients about why they did or did not choose to go ahead with my help.
- Advertise my business more in the local community.
- Advertise my services to other genealogists.