This post is my thankyou to those generous genies from Australia, Britain, Europe, New Zealand and the US who took the time to message their thoughts to me. Thanks to you I have developed a rough rubric to assist me with the task I am completing for Inside History Magazine ('m not saying any more on that for the minute).
The title of this post comes from what I think was the most original response; Caroline Pointer suggested that great geneablogs are "Ones that take me on a glorious and unforgettable ride. And all the other stuff everyone else suggested."
As I received the suggestions I popped them in a Google Doc. I am pasting those suggestions here so that you can see what others think.
Do you agree? Do you have anything else to add?
Creativity in resources; ability to tell a story, not relate facts; range of topics - Jen Baldwin
Originality, follower engagement, humour, humility - Karen Ball
Content, consistency and originality - Amy Coffin
Content, easy reading style, up to date information - Linda Elliott
1. problem, resolution and method described (preferably in 1 post) Context, historical and social.Engaging writing style. Good build up of story. - Taco Goulooze
One that tells a story, not just a list of dates, places and names. photos, plus other suggestions above :) - Diane Hewson
Societal context of the era, interesting anecdotes about ancestors & images of either - Annette Hughes
Originality, originality and originality -Tamura Jones
Photos, easy to navigate (and search), and writing with an opinion or position - not simply press releases - Tessa Keough
Truthfulness; photos and/or videos; clean display without a lot of side "junk" - Kenneth R Marks
Tone, writing style, appearance - Jenna Mills
Originality, yes, content yes. Consistency maybe not. - Susi Pentico
Ones that take me on a glorious and unforgettable ride. And all the other stuff everyone else suggested - Caroline Pointer
Accuracy. If you talk about repositories or procedures get your facts straight - Carole Riley
Personal story and context, the "how" of the finding out, range of content - Helen V Smith