Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Help Please

I must get my act together for the Ku-ring-gai 2014 Seniors' Festival as I will be presenting two workshops on the program.

Firstly on Wednesday 12 March my topic is Sharing Your Story In Small Bites: Write a Blog. Should you wish to join me in the Gordon Library Meeting Rooms for this event please contact The Ku-ring-gai Historical Society for bookings:  Phone 02 9499 4568 between 10am-2pm or email: khs@khs.org.au.

On the next Wednesday 19 March I will be talking about Free Websites for Genealogy and History. The venue for this talk will also be the Gordon Library Meeting Rooms.

Hopefully I can convince a few community members of the benefits of blogging and show them some websites that might help with their research. I am looking forward to meeting new enthusiasts at these events.

The full festival program can be downloaded from here:
 http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/Services_facilities/For/Seniors/Seniors_Festival.

Now I need your help. I have many fabulous genealogy related websites that I often highlight in my talks and I also follow some pretty special travel and niche blogs. During my talk I want to highlight not only genealogy blogs but other interesting and quirky blogs that tell stories. I have a few faves (many written by genealogists) but would appreciate suggestions.


If you were in my shoes what super story telling blogs would you share.

 

5 comments:

KerrieAnne Christian said...

hi
Mark Schenk is a colleague of mine who is with Annecdote - we have spoken at the same knowledge management conferences. He is ex-airforce and now consults on business storytelling - some of the following is a bit esoteric - however slides 14 - 15 in the link below I think are very relevant to focusing on facts and losing the thread ...

http://www.mav.asn.au/events/Related%20documents%20%20Creating%20the%20knowledge%20based%20or/Making%20your%20knowledge%20strategy%20stick%20-%20Mark%20Schenk%20-%20Anecdote%20Australia.ppt

KerrieAnne Christian said...

a couple more links from my KM Storytelling PKM (Personal Knowledge Management) System

http://astoriedcareer.com/links_to_blogs_that_relate_to.html

and a personal lesson in storytelling vs death by powerpoint http://kerrieannecfridgemagnets.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/revisiting-when-storytelling-rescued-me-from-death-by-powerpoint/

Louise Coakley said...

Hi Jill,

Have you come across WaitButWhy.com? It is quirky, with frank explanations of parts of our daily lives.

Some examples (the first one is genealogy-related):

http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/01/your-family-past-present-and-future.html

http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/01/the-great-perils-of-social-interaction.html

http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/02/why-bugs-ruin-everything.html

http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/12/11-awkward-things-about-email.html

The posts are long, but entertaining :)

And a sometimes fascinating, sometimes quirky daily photo blog is at http://twistedsifter.com/

Cheers,
Louise

Jill Ball said...

Thanks for the links, lots to check out already. Thanks also to Jenny from Ku-ring-gai Historical Society who gave me something at our tech meeting today.

Infolass said...

Hi Jill,
Some example of stories for you:

Wikinorthia (documents stories from Melbourne's north) has a great contribution from Kevin who has recounts stories from his life at
http://www.wikinorthia.net.au/living-in-a-brunswick-terrace-1940-1953-part-1/
I love his use of Australian language which is increasingly no longer common.

You may also like to look at the Singapore Memory Project out of the Singapore National Library
http://www.singaporememory.sg/clusters
Best wishes for your talk, Regards Liz

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