Monday’s for Me #41 ~ I’m Sorry You Feel That Way!

This blog is going to be a little different. Instead of a story about myself, I am going to address something that happened last week. I have posted 40 of these type of blogs since February and I never thought someone would respond to them in this way.

I received a message from one of my followers on my twitter account. This person has been following my blogs for over 5 years, and we have had many delightful conversations over that time. I think that is why this particular message bothered and confused me. She asked me, “Why do you think anyone wants to read these childish stories? I thought this was a Genealogy Blog?” I probably read her question 3 times before I could even begin to write a response.

I went back and looked at the blogs I first posted and I did include this statement “The purpose of this blog is to document the stories of my life. When I am gone my children, grandchildren and great-grandchild will have the memories of my life written by me. I am excited to begin this journey.” I personally consider this to be a Genealogy blog.

Granted, I haven’t included that opening for the last couple of months but even though I didn’t, I thought it was pretty evident that my “childish” blogs were Genealogy based, as they were intended to be passed down for the future generations. I guess, her comment bothered me more than I thought.

I responded politely, and thanked her for her input, but I guess my hurt feelings did eventually get a hold of me. I also included that now, because of writing this blog I have a great start on a book that can be passed on to my descendants. I then asked her if she can say the same. Yes, I hang my head in shame for being petty.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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Filed under Ancestry, Blogging, Family History, Family Search, Genealogy, Monday's For Me, Personal Stories, Uncategorized

8 responses to “Monday’s for Me #41 ~ I’m Sorry You Feel That Way!

  1. Keep on doing what you do – it’s your blog & your family xx

  2. Linda Stufflebean

    We bloggers often berate ourselves for not telling many of our own life stories. Good for you!

  3. Valerie, don’t worry about the haters. I thoroughly enjoy your blog, have really liked to find we have so much in common, and if people don’t like it, they can unsubscribe. You cannot make everyone happy so just concentrate on what you set out to do. Your descendants will be so happy you did! Imagine if we all had a diary from our ancestors???

  4. It’s YOUR blog and you can do with it whatever you like. I enjoy reading stories about others’ lives – it’s not all about names and dates. Keep up the good work!

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