'The Pioneer Woman' talks about blogging family history at RootsTech conference

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  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    HillJ - I guess some people are simply jealous of Ree's massive success.

    The website you mentioned is nothing but snarky garbage from an obviously disgruntled former fan.

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    I have a number of blogs that relate to family history. A brother-in-law and his wife served a mission in Australia, and another brother-in-law served as a mission president in Indonesia. I kept blogs of their letters while they were gone. My father-in-law died a few years ago, and my mother-in-law died about a year ago, and I have a blog that gives special memories about them.

    Blogs are nice, and I enjoy using them to document my family history, but it is important to get blogs into book form, because computer technology is fragile and blogs could disappear without warning. Of course, printed books can disappear, too, but they have a tendency to "hang around" longer than computer files. Also, not all persons have access to the Internet, although that problem will likely go away in another decade or two.

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 10:02 a.m.

    I gave my children, for Christmas, a 400+ page book containing the history of my life. I'm still adding stories and pictures to my book, and it won't be finished until I die. The book was kept online as a blog for about 10 years. I like using a blog as the basis for a history, because it is relatively easy to add posts to the blog as I think of things. The topics in the history are a combination of chronological and topical orders.

    I have another blog called oldmanrunning that contains a day by day discussion of my running over a 10-year period. I haven't converted that blog to Word yet, but I will, because it gives a good description of how running has affected my life and how others can approach running. I have another running blog (runninginjuryfree) that is an online book about running and goes into running-topics in depth. That blog has been converted to book-format (pdf downloads are free).

    I have a Mormon related blog that is another online book that I need to get into print.

  • Rosebyanyothername Home Town USA, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 9:39 a.m.

    I love my own blogging attempts. I kept it and even started two others for my own family. It is a way to keep your life on record. I don't have time to read many others than family's. It is wonderful to go back and see what we have experienced, our triumphs, losses, life events, etc.

    When I was a child my mother had several of those black large photo albums full of her ancestors, great grandparents, grandparents and parents. I know that is where my interest in family history came along. Now I have those photos in my own library and love sharing them on CDs with other family members.

    Anyone can do it without a lot of experience. Just keep on keeping on. I also include much about my ancestors and their histories. The more I do, the more comes my way in finding out more from distant family I seek out. It is wonderful for family history.

    Start and see where it takes you. I have heard of "Pioneer woman" and have tasted some of her recipes a daughter has used. Much good comes from such effort.

    Way to GO!

  • Marigold Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    The Pioneer Woman documents her life--imperfect, messy, day-to-day, the joy, the missteps--no one is perfect. We just pick ourselves up and move on. The Pioneer Woman blog may not be for everyone, but the point is to start one's own blog and to be honest...admire the woman for honestly and enthusiastically telling her story!

  • HillJ Minneapolis, MN
    Feb. 6, 2014 10:58 p.m.

    Sounds like you skipped The Marlboro Woman dot com. Otherwise, you might know the other side of the story about Ree Drummond.