So far we have covered many ways in which to “spread the word” about your blog and the AGYR. We’ve looked at blog and other online directories, social bookmarking sites, and photo-sharing sites. This post will look at a myriad of other opportunities for us to contribute our thoughts and ideas as well as “spread the word.”
Profiles are a great way to communicate who you are and your interests to others. This is a great place to include your AGYR membership. You could put a line in stating “Association of Graveyard Rabbits member” and in some cases, you can even include a link to your blog.
Here are some sites where you can create/update your profile:
- Facebook (social networking)
- MySpace (social networking)
- LinkedIn (social networking)
- Ning (social networking)
- Find A Grave
- Flickr (photo-sharing)
- Word Press
- Diigo (bookmarking site)
- StumbleUpon (bookmarking site)
- Digg (bookmarking site)
Special Interest Groups
There are many groups and forums online related to cemeteries that you can join. This is a great way to share your knowledge and converse with like-minded people. It’s also a great way to drive traffic to your blog.
Here are some groups and forums of interest to GYRs:
- The Cemetery Club – (Ning network)
- Some People Think It’s Weird, But I Like Cemeteries (Facebook group)
- Cemetery Explorers (Facebook group)
- Grave Mappers (Facebook group)
- Midwest Cemeteries (Yahoo group)
- Find A Grave (Yahoo group)
- Forgotten Cemeteries & Graveyards (Flickr photo-sharing group)
- Graves, Tombs & Cemeteries (Flickr photo-sharing group)
- Cities of the Dead (MySpace group)
- Cemetery Lovers (MySpace group)
Email Signature – Be sure to include a link to your blog(s) in your email signature to help drive traffic to your blog.
Comment on Other Blogs – This is another great way to drive traffic to your blog, as well as share your thoughts and knowledge. Be sure to include a link to your blog(s) when you leave a comment.
Guest Columns – Consider running a guest column every once in awhile to give others exposure. For example, you might consider asking an undertaker, a cemetery staffer, or another expert to write an article for your blog. You might also consider asking other GYRs if you could contribute to their blogs. Many of us have a GYR blog for a specific area, likely located where we live. But in our genealogy research, we find information from all over; you may consider writing something about your find or the cemetery for a blog that covers that area. Contact the blog owner to see if they are interested in featuring you and an article.
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) – Sign up to be a RAOGK volunteer and offer to take photographs for cemeteries in your area. If you have set up an email signature to include your GYR blog, this is one way to spread it around when you respond to these requests. Second, it’s a great way to obtain more photographs and cemetery information to be included on your blog. Lastly, RAOGK has started to accept links to members’ website to be included in the monthly newsletter, so this is another great way to share your blog.
Can you think of any other online opportunities that have not yet been covered? If so, please share them in the comments of this post.