Blogger Recognition Award

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Blogger Recognition Award -- Boundless Genealogy

Recently, I was nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award by Elizabeth O’Neal at My Descendant’s Ancestors. What a fun way to share favorite blogs with fellow genealogists! Thank you, Elizabeth, for the nomination. I hope this “new” blog will live up to your expectations!


– Thank the blogger who nominated me.

– Write a post to show the award.

– Write a brief story on how my blog started.

– Share two pieces of advice for new bloggers.

– Nominate seven other bloggers for this award.

– Comment on each of their blogs to let them know they have been nominated for this award and provide a link to this post.


I have been blogging about family life at The Finlay Family since 2002. That blog changed to a family history blog in 2014, and I split my family history blogging into two parts in June of this year. The Finlay Family will now highlight only personal family history stories and memorabilia. Boundless Genealogy is where I will share general genealogy tips, methods, events, my speaking engagements, and participate in blog memes and parties.


The hardest part of blogging is the same as an other writing project: getting ideas written down on the page! I use one principle and two tools to help me do this efficiently (so, yeah, three pieces of advice instead of two– BONUS!)

1st- Parento’s Principle or the 80/20 rule

20% of my time and effort on a story or post will get that article to an 80% polished state; and it would take another 80% effort to obtain the rest of the 20% polish. I have come to accept the 80% polish as publishable, and save the rest of my efforts for more writing, and/or other tasks in my life. In other words, I had to let go of my perfectionist tendencies and just write and share.

2nd- Rough Draft Tool: Evernote

I have been a longtime user of Evernote, and I use it for just about every aspect of my life. It is a useful tool to keep track of blog post rough drafts. I add tags to each draft to help me keep track of where I am on it: blog_draft, ready_to_publish, blog_published. Whenever I find a little time to work on a post, I can access my notes from any device.

 Blogger Recognition Award -- Boundless Genealogy

3rd- Ideas and Scheduling Tool: Trello

Trello is a great companion app for my Evernote drafts. On Trello, I have a list of blog post ideas, and when I start a draft for the post, I add the Evernote link to the idea card. Then when the draft is nearly ready for publication, or if I have a deadline for a post, I add a due date to the card in Trello.

 Blogger Recognition Award -- Boundless Genealogy

These three things help me write when the inspiration hits and stay on top of publishing. Have you tried these tools in your writing process?


David Taylor – The Family Nexus

Devon Noel Lee – Family History Fanatics

Ken Hardman – Ancestor Clips

Lisa Lisson – Are You My Cousin?

Rachel LaCour Niesen – Save Family Photos

Paul Brooks – Twile

Amberly Beck – The Genealogy Girl

I could just go on and on about how much I enjoy these blogs and admire the people behind them. Several of these blogs are associated with brands or products, but the blogs themselves add a lot of value! Please go read and soak up the info shared by these great bloggers.

Cordial Genealogy Wishes,


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