As we blog about our families, how do we keep track of what we’ve written about and what we haven’t? Sure, we can use the search feature in Blogger (and whatever method Word Press uses), but is that the best way?
After about 7 years of blogging I began to realize that I ran the risk of duplicating a particular subject about an ancestor. I asked myself…..
- Have I already written about this couple in Wedding Wednesday?
- Have I already transcribed that particular will or probate record?
- How about that Civil War pension file I received? Have I written about it yet?
Using my Legacy database I create an Event called “Blog Post – posted on Michigan Family Trails.”
To add a customized event in Legacy follow this group of screen shots.
(click on any image to enlarge it)
Now that you’ve created your new Event you can select it and add your blog post. You can see that is what I’ve done here. We have an Event/Fact (selected from our drop down menu), Description – the title from my blog post and Date – the date I published the post.
The next step is to add a link to your entry. This link will take you directly to your blog post. In the image above you can see a picture icon (third from the left next to the Event name). Click on that icon. NOTE: It will be gray until you’ve added something to it, mine already has something attached so it is in color.
The next screen you see will be this one. Follow the instructions in red.
The next screen you see will be this one.
Enter your website URL – I go to my blog post and select the exact post I want to link to and make sure that exact post is in the URL at the top of the web page. Then I simply copy and past it.
Next – I enter the title of the post in the Caption area and the date of the post. I have never used the description field, but that would be up to you. This is how it will look when your done.
And, here is how it looks after you’ve completed adding the URL.
One final step I take is to mark the blog post event as PRIVATE. I’m not sure I want these blog post events to show up in a family book or report. I can always change that option should I choose to. But, I want to initially mark them private. You also have the option to exclude the event from problem checking.
Now when I am viewing information on one of my ancestors I can clearly see if I have ever written a blog post about them specifically, their family or something else related to them.
Here is a sample from my grandfather’s list of events.
This system is working well for me. I still have a lot of catching up to do, in going back to my earlier posts and making sure they are recorded as events for each ancestor they apply to.
Another step I take is using the Hashtag feature in Legacy 9. I’ve created a hashtag titled Blog post with the description that I have published a blog post featuring or mentioning a particular ancestor.
Do you keep track of your blog posts in some other way? I tried using a spreadsheet, but found this method works better for me. I’d love to hear from my fellow bloggers about this.
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