Let the Winter Blogger Games Begin!!!

Let the Winter Blogger Games Begin!!!

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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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