I can’t believe that it is March already! It’s been a whirlwind since I became involved with The In-Depth Genealogist leadership team. I love it, but it’s certainly a challenge to keep up with all the different goals that are in my radar. So I thought I’d take a few minutes to check in on my goals.
- Minimize hopping around on my family tree. Considering that I haven’t had time to research my tree… I’d say the goal is still on course. I do plan on focusing on the Morse family while I start writing my narrative.
- Develop a research plan and consistently add to it. No progress on this.
- Go back and document earlier research. No progress on this.
- Take advantage of at least one free webinar each month. I did attend a webinar in January, but February was too busy to squeeze in.
- Attend the 2013 Family History Jamboree in Dayton. Goal met! I got a lot out of it too!
- Attend the 2013 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. On schedule to attend.
- Attend the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. On schedule to attend.
Blog & Social Networking
- Write smaller and more frequent blog posts. Started out well on this, but the last month I was too busy for it.
- Respond to all comments. I have kept up with this one.
- Share relevant blogs and articles of interest to others through my social networks. I have kept up with this too.
In-Depth Genealogist Writing
- Meet all writing obligations and have articles and blog posts completed 2 months ahead of schedule. Need to work on this.
- Complete the State Resource pages. Need to work on this.
- Create more resource pages for the columnists. Have not started on this.
- 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. I wasn’t able to get started on this. I’m thinking that I will try this in May.
- Complete a book on the Morse family including citations, photographs, and narratives. Have not started on this.
- Submit the three assigned articles for publishing as part of the Archives.com Expert Series. I submitted my first article!
- Contact genealogy magazines about possible writing assignments. I’m in the process of writing a QuickGuide for Legacy about Jewish Genealogy. I’ve also got a class to write up for NIGS. Exciting stuff!
- Use SEO and keyword linking throughout pages and posts. I have been working on this.
- Add more free features to drive others to my site. I added a free calendar of events for Central Ohio educational events.
Communication with Clients
- Better educate clients about the research process before getting to the point of developing a research plan or contract. Haven’t had the opportunity to work on this.
- Keep track of time spent on Pro Bono work for IDG, Generous Genealogists, Family Search indexing, and the Morse family website. I have done this! So far I’ve spent 86 hours on Pro Bono work.
- Document the time spent on Marketing, Research, Finances, and Potential Clients. I’ve been keeping track of this too.
Family Tree Designs
- Advertise trees to other genealogists for use in their books for clients (or themselves). No progress.
- Develop new designs for sale. No progress.
Increase Client Work
- Contact potential clients quickly with a thorough explanation of available services. No progress.
- Follow up with potential clients about why they did or did not choose to go ahead with my help. No progress.
- Advertise my business more in the local community. No progress.
- Advertise my services to other genealogists. No progress.