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Ways blogging boosts legacy writing

July 6, 2011

It never ceases to amaze me when I learn something new through my blog. I am always surprised when the words I write elicits a response from a total stranger. In researching family background for myself and others, there have been numerous occasions when previously unknown information was sent to me by someone else. I have met people that I now communicate with regularly. You can’t always tell that from the amount of blog comments.  This would not have happened if I had not posted a story on my blog and tagged it appropriately.

For anyone interested in legacy writing, particularly for projects that involve a lot of research, here are the top 10 reasons why blogging can enhance your work.

  1. You get to write about something that interests you.
  1. It gets your topic out into the public.  You’ll talk about it beyond your family circle.
  1. It creates opportunities to network on a given topic without having to search for forums and chat rooms
  1. This gives you an outlet to share your gathered knowledge and search for more information.
  1. By networking with other bloggers and websites, you’ll meet like-mined people from across the globe.
  1. It can create interesting dialogue with others. You will be surprised by what you learn.
  1. It establishes you as a source of information on a given topic.
  1. You can assist others.
  1. It’s fun. It’s a good cheap hobby that takes up a lot more time than money.
  1. Most importantly, it lengthens the lifetime of your legacy writing project. Whether you are writing about your great grandparent’s immigration to the United States, a military history, your lifelong friendships with a motorcycle club, why you collect stamps or life lessons you want to leave for your children’s children, the passion in your legacy writing lives on through blogging conversations.
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