Up to this point, this article series discussed many “spread the word” opportunities in the digital world. This final article will give you ideas for sharing information about your blog and the Association in the real word.
Many opportunities abound in our own communities, especially if our blog focuses on a particular geographic area. Everyone has different strengths, so I will provide a variety of things you can do to “spread the word” in your community (or that of your blog’s focus).
View of Old Parish Cemetery (Bridgewater, MA), courtesy of Midge Frazel, used with permission.
Write an Article
Certainly we can all write a good article—just look at our blogs. So take a moment to think of the outlets that would be interested in an article about the Association and/or your blog. You could write an article for a local or state genealogical or historical society journal or newsletter. You could contact a local newspaper to see if you could write an article for them (or be interviewed for an article written by their staff). Even consider a local cemetery preservation group that has a newsletter. Have a local Daughters or Sons of the American Revolution chapter, or other relevant association chapters? See if they would be interested in running an article in their newsletter.
Give a Presentation
Again, think about the outlets that would be interested in a presentation about the Association and/or your blog. These would likely be the same as those mentioned above, with the exception of the newspaper. Contact these groups to see if they’d like to have you give a presentation. If you do give a presentation, consider having a short handout that gives them information about the Association, including what we’re about, a link to the anchor blog, and how they can join. And be sure to include a link to your blog.
Contact local cemeteries and let them know what you are doing. Some of them may be so interested that they might provide you with lots of great information to share on your blog. Others may want to involve you in projects they have (or would like to have) such as transcribing records, preservation projects, or photographing tombstones. Likewise, local genealogical and historical societies may be working on projects that you could get involved with.
Contact a Library
Many libraries, especially genealogical, historical, and public libraries with a genealogy and/or history section, love to put out information relevant to the patrons. Contact the librarian and see if they’d be willing to put out an information sheet about the Association. If they are, then create a short piece, similar to the handout mentioned in “Give a Presentation” above.
Recruit a Rabbit
Consider getting other cemetery enthusiasts in your area involved. Maybe they’d like to become a member. Perhaps they don’t have the time to maintain a blog, but maybe they’d be willing to write an occasional article for your blog.
Are there other ways the you’ve been “spreading the word” about the Association or your blog? We’d love to hear about them! Please leave a comment and let us know what you’ve been up to.