Family Lore Random Thoughts

write with intention

When I began my genealogy blog ten years ago, the ‘sphere was fresh, unknown territory. The prospect of reaching an audience, even unidentified, was exhilarating. The possibility of attracting lost relatives and exchanging family records was intoxicating.

Blog posts flowed out regularly.

Comments and followers multiplied.

Cousins-many-times-removed shared stories, tips, maps, and letters.

Until one day I realized that my story cache, specifically Ira Sayles’ tales, didn’t fit a blog post format. And blogging was a chore, not a joy.

Time to reassess. How can Shoots, Roots, and Leaves function as a space of curiosity and joy, that complements the deeper dive I will be doing offline?

Not sure. Yet.

Leave your ideas and requests for future posts in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

By Kay Strickland

I am a keeper of my family's lore, chasing after my ancestors' tales in south central New York, southwestern Pennsylvania and Southside Virginia. The stories and photographs that I share on this blog are my intellectual property. While I do my very best to provide well researched posts, I do not pretend to have reached genealogical proof standards. Therefore, much of this work is to generate conversation among interested parties. If you would like to share my work or my records, please contact me: dkaysdays (at) gmail (dot) com.

4 replies on “write with intention”

That photo ^ says your title!

See Georgia O’Keefe’s Laurence Tree×8&gclid=Cj0KCQjw0brtBRDOARIsANMDykaP_ldY0fIfmZU__rntBY2F7shyJdmFo_W4syUwK1o0GAvgwq4oh2waArKREALw_wcB

In your writing, I love the stories anchored in people and the past, no matter how they relate to your bloodline. We are all cousins anyway. But your interest and care is key to the stories. I’m willing to wait a long time for those that fit your fancy.

Kay, I agree with Leslie! I cherish every post that you write whether it is about family members, pets, flowers, the weather, your views on life or experiences that you have had. Your insightful posts on the parallel lives of families in rural Virginia are among your best. My wife loves your posts also. Keep going, please.

Thank you so much, Elmer, for taking time to share your thoughts. This encouragement is giving me a much needed lift. 🙂

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