Let the Winter Blogger Games Begin!!!

Let the Winter Blogger Games Begin!!!

It’s time for the Winter 2010 GeneaBlogger Games!!! The event runs from 13 Feb to 26 Feb. With medals awarded on the 27th at the Closing Ceremonies.

I will be participating in the games. I am representing a mish mash of nations.  Can you guess which? 😉 It represents 3 nations: France, the USA, and Portugal. But, really, it represents the fact that my heritage is varied. It takes 7 flags to represent all the places my immigrant ancestors came from. I represent them all.

Here is my flag:

Ancestral Flag
Ancestral Flag

I plan to participate in these categories:
Go Back and Cite Your Sources
~I hope to earn a Silver Medal status by inputting 20 new citations

Back Up Your Data
~I hope to earn a Plantinum Medal by backing up my data digitally. I plan to back up all my genealogy databases, files, and photographs. I was given a flash drive for Christmas and it’s about time that I put it to the purpose it was meant for.

Organize Your Research
~I hope to earn a Diamond Medal by completing Task A, B, D, and E.
This will involve 20 items each:
*Organize and file into the appropriate binders at least 20 hard files from the mountain to my left.
*Organize digital files
*Organize digital photos
*Input new entries into my database, scan 20 photographs, or scan 20 documents

I will be happy if I accomplish Task A and get further than 20 items!

Expand Your Knowledge
~I hope to earn a Diamond Medal in this category by completing Task A, B, C, and E.
I’ve already got a handwritten ancestral map, so it will be fun to locations on Google Maps.
I will create a timeline on one ancestor. Maybe I’ll use the application suggested.
I will create a memorial page on Footnote.com for one of my ancestors. I have been doing this off and on all year, so I’ll add another one to the site.
I will create a surname visualization using Wordle or Word it Out once I figure out what the heck those are.

Write, Write, Write
~I hope to earn a Dimaond Medal by completing 3 tasks in this category by completing Task B, C, D, and E.
I will participate in a genealogy blog carnival.
I will prepare several posts in draft mode and pre-publish them.
I will write a brief biographical sketch on one of my ancestors.
I will create a page on my blog listing my surnames, ahnentafel, or something of that nature.

Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness
~I hope to earn a Gold Medal, and maybe a Diamond Medal in this category by completing a combination on Task A, B, D, E, and G.
I am going to concentrate on commenting on blogs, posting photographs to findagrave.com, and assisting another researcher on a research request. But, I may throw in some work on an indexing project that I’ve been working on for 2 years now, and use the follow feature on Blogger.

Phew! Just looking at all those tasks makes me tired. I know that from participating in the Summer Games that motivation follows participation. I hope that I’ll get through at least half of what I set out to do and maybe even more.

My enthusiasm for blogging and genealogy has waned a bit lately (due to a family member’s illness and recovery). So, my main goal is to get back on track. I am hoping by having assigned tasked I’ll get that kick in the butt I’ve needed the last few weeks.

So, Let the Games Begin!

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