She's just over a month old, has had nearly 1200 views, been nominated for an award and has had her share of positive comments. So I guess my new blog, GeniMates, is progressing steadily.
25 people have visited and liked Genimates Facebook Page, I would be thrilled if this number could double in the next month.
I have invited around 30 people to submit profiles for the blog and have only had around a dozen responses so I need to invite more people before I run out of profiles to post. I have tried to target a few people who aren't active in the blogasphere and I wonder if, when they get my invitation to take part, they think that I am some spurious character who is trying to get them to divulge their personal information.
I am also trying to have a mix of nationalities and both hobbyists and professionsals but, as I can't control the order in which responses arrive, this is proving difficult. Until the blog becomes more recognised and I build up a bank of profiles to post the mix will be haphazard.
I wold love to hear of suggestions for people to profile, particularly those who don't have a strong online presence. It could be an office bearer of a local society, a volunteer at the local library or someone who is doing a great job indexing records. It would be great to recognise some quiet achievers. I have developed an online form in Google Docs that I ask profilees to complete but can send a hard copy along to anyone who is not comfortable filling in a form online.
In addition to the GeniMates profiles I will, from time to time, do short posts on people I come across at genealogy conferences and events.
It's early days yet but I am pleased to report that the baby is making steady progress.