Saturday, November 14, 2009

SNGF ~ One of the Nicest Things

On his blog, "Genea-Musings,"  Randy Seaver every Saturday issues a writing mission ~ Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  This Saturday the mission ~if we choose to accept it~ is the following:

1. What is the Nicest Thing another genealogist did for you, or to you, in the last week or so?  (If you have no examples for this past week, go back in time - surely someone has done a nice thing for you in recent years!)

2.  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a comment on Facebook, or in a tweet on Twitter.

I Accept Your Challenge and Raise You Many Nice Things
Well, Randy, I do choose to accept your challenge.  My hurdle to jump is not finding a recent "nice thing," but is trying to remember all of the "nice things" that have been done for or to me this week by other genealogists.  The genealogy community is so welcoming, so generous, and so, well, just plain wonderful.  This, frankly, is a problem I can definitely live with!  [Can I hear an, "Amen?"]

[cue Julie Andrews' singing "These Are A Few of My Favorite Things" from "Sound of Music"] 

These Are A Few of My Favorite "Nicest Things":
I have received not one, not two, but three Kreativ Blogger Awards this week from Greta [Greta's Genealogy Bog], from Felicia [My NOLA Heritage], and from Jennifer [Jennifer's Genealogy Blog].  It is always wonderful to win an award for something you do and/or have done, is it not?  I can tell you it's even better when your peers give you that award!  Thank you so much!  It lets me know that all that time I take trying to get an image "just right" or a word, paragraph, and/or an idea "just right" is worth the time and trouble.  It makes it worth it to know that others are reading and watching and are enjoying it.  That is very gratifying and is definitely a "nice thing."  Thank you!

When the Dog Bites...
If you've been keeping up with my Roscoe Martin Family Murder Mystery, then you know that I am pretty heavily encouraging interaction from those who read my blog.  For me, it's all about the goal ~ finding out who killed them and why they were killed.  I don't know everything, and I am willing to receive any help that anyone can give.  And this is where the generous genealogy community comes in to play ~ not to mention those who aren't even a part of the genealogy community.  I have had input on my strategy posted in "Here's My Plan, Stan" ranging from supportive opinions to helpful suggestions.  Gini [Ginisology], Mavis [Georgia Black Crackers], and Joy [JoyintheBurbs She has great pics of the wedding we went to in NOLA last weekend on her blog...yes, she's an IRL ~in real life~ acquaintance of mine] all echoed my thoughts of foul play in this case.  Sheri Fenley [The Educated Genealogist] and Jennifer [Jennifer's Genealogy Blog] had suggestions for me ~ things I hadn't thought of.  How cool is that?  And all of them along with Craig Manson [GeneaBlogie] were very supportive and encouraging.  To all of them, I say thank you!

When the Bee Stings...
Likewise, on my post from last night, "Technological Shores of the Internet" ~ a continuation of the murder mystery ~ I received 2 supportive and encouraging comments from Herstoryan [who's practically a neighbor of mine.  I bet we've walked by each other in the mall or library and just didn't know it.  How 'bout lunch this week ~ real life, not virtual?] and Missy [Bayside Research Services ~ love her blog header.  I'm in it.  Go look.  I'm on the beach.  See, I'm the hot chick [snort] waving with one hand and holding a huge margarita in the other hand...]  Seriously, though, I appreciate the feedback.  It keeps me going when searching for my family story.  Of course, this doesn't even take into account all the Twitter retweets and feedback that I've received during the week...all of them gifts that I treasure!

When I'm Feeling Sad Grateful...
"Thank you," just doesn't seem enough, but I'll say it anyway.  Thank you.

These Are A Few of my Favorite "Nicest Things"


  1. That is a great post! You are so sweet to mention me, and YES I think lunch would be a GREAT idea! I am enjoying the unexpected rain today - hope you are too! Cheers chica ;)

  2. Hi, I really enjoy reading your blog and think it is deserving of the Kreativ Blogger Award. Stop by and pick up your award and follow instructions, Congratulations, Earline

  3. Caroline,

    You can pick up the new Kreativ Blogger Award at My Headstone Collection

    Thanks for sharing your expertise.



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