Happy Birthday to us…

Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family…
is celebrating its first Birthday today!

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Choccie cake… as promised …

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TO AWARD OR NOT TO AWARD???…

awardWay back… “in the year dot”, my daily joy was the enabling of precious 5 to 8 year olds to grow to become the people they were born to be – I was a Junior Primary School teacher.

One of the perennial issues for “teachers” has always been the matter of “the giving of awards” which comes closely on the heels of “homework, or no homework?”. Always controversial and invariably there would regularly be “flare ups” where some people would get “hot headed” and “stick to their guns”, some would keep quiet and simply wait for the conflab to pass but sadly, on the other end of the spectrum, were those whom would become totally paralysed, stop contributing to discussions, refuse to collaborate, lose confidence and draw into their protective shell. Often these were amongst the most talented in our teaching fraternity.

It’s sad to see some of these forces now at play within the blogging community – to Award or not to Award???…

The controversy began here in Australia, amongst our close knit Family History/ Genealogy Community about a week ago, and is spreading as quickly as our ubiquitious summer Bushfires. Aillin, of Australian Genealogy Journeys, thanked Pauleen on her Family history across the seas blog for the “Blog of the Year 2012” Award,  accepted and passed it but with some changes. Aillin then provided a most valuable link to Caroline Pointer’s Article, “Blog Awards & SEO“.

This is an excellent post in which Caroline, of Blogging Genealogy, clearly explains how Google;

“… introduced their Panda and Penguin updates to their algorithms”

to address the matter of stats being skewed in favour of the creator of the Award by requiring nominees to provide a link back to their blog.

Caroline further explains:

“Not only does the original site get penalized in search results, but the blogs who contributed to the original blog’s linking tactics may get penalized as well in search results. I say ‘may’ because the process could be construed as a blog network, which is also penalized by Google in search results. Loosely defined, a blog network is a group of blogs with a common interest that promotes itself as well each other’s blogs. {And that could cover a lot of things. Note my usage of the word ‘loosely’. I’m trying not to get too technical here.}”

The emphasis is mine and am endeavouring to show that Caroline is implicitly advising we “put on our thinking caps”. As she explains this is crucial information for people, and companies, whose aim is to “monetize” their blog. However, if you’re a Family History Blogger, not interesting in monetizing” but wish for your Blog to reach a wide audience to further your research, find “cousins” etc…  she advises some very simple steps to take.

1. Keep blogging about your Ancestors.

2. If you want to show appreciation; read and comment on another person’s blog post and, tell your friends/ followers about this blog on your favoured Social Media site(s).

3. When a someone takes time to comment on your blog acknowledge and respond.

4. And if you do get nominated for a blog award? – Thank the person who nominated you. Do it profusely for they’ve given it with a pure heart out of appreciation for your writing and sharing, and five will get you ten that’s the only reason they gave it to you. So thank them. However, be cautious about placing links back to other sites with blog award badges, or at least the viral aspect of it.

Thankyou Aillin for linking us all to Caroline’s excellent post. Thanks to you Pauleen for raising this issue, and initiating discussion on you Blog, and thanks also to all whom have given this matter serious thought and made comments. To read Pauleen’s original post just click on the following link:  “Blog of the Year 2012 Award Updates”.  
Editor’s Note: Apologies for not originally providing this link so people could clearly follow the discussion on Pauleen’s Blog and the excellent points raised by all contributors. (19Jan2013) 

I intend to continue accepting the wondrous compliment of an Award, given with an open heart, and then relishing the time of contemplation and finally the joy of passing it on. Caroline’s advice has clarified how best to do this. To help me decide on whom to nominate, I’d very much appreciate that everyone please make it very clear, on your blog, if you have no desire to receive an Award. I accept and respect all whom hold views different to mine, on all matters, but abhor uncertainty. It’s so time-wasting and my time, like everyone’s, is limited and precious.

BWI_125sqMaybe some artistic/techno savvy person would enjoy creating a beautiful badge to be placed on the Blog of those whom have no desire to be involved in the whole Award scenario? … Kind of like the ” Blog With Integrity” badge displayed on my sidebar which gives a link back to a website explaining the meaning. Although an explanation, and link to an explanation, is not at all necessary A beautiful picture and a brief text would suffice.

For more detailed info, please go to Caroline Pointer’s post on the link provided above, or below and to links provided for Pauleen’s Blog – “Family history across the seas”.

Cheerio for now and may 2013 bring you, and yours, every happiness, Catherine.

CATHERINE.ME

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Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel.

PLEASE NOTE THE UPDATE ON 18 Jan 2013 – 
The information remains the same, only the format has changed. To help with clarity, I have now placed Caroline’s Point 4. immediately under the previous three, rather than as a separate point.  Cheers, Catherine

RESOURCE:
http://www.blogginggenealogy.com/1/post/2013/01/blogging-genealogy-blog-awards-seo.html

Geneabloggers

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As the first Anniversary of “Seeking Susan~Meeting Marie~Finding Family” is fast approaching I’m so pleased that my Family Stories are now going out to a wider audience via Geneabloggers.

My Ancestors certainly deserve to have their lives, endeavours, trials & tribulations, bravery, joys and sorrows recognised and honoured in this way. Thankyou
Thomas McEntee for establishing Geneabloggers and enabling us all to delight in the stories of other families.

To read about other new Genealogy Blogs featured this week, just click on the link below.

http://geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs-january-12-2013/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Geneabloggers+%28GeneaBloggers%29

Cheerio for now… Catherine.

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Copyright © 2013. Catherine Crout-Habel.

Blog of the Year 2012 Award – 2nd Star

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What a delight, and an incredible surprise, to have Crissouli nominate me for a 2nd Star on the “Blog of the Year 2012 Award”. This is such an honour, especially coming from a person’s whose work I admire so much. Thankyou Chris and thankyou also for the beautiful words accompanying my nomination.

Huge congratulations to others whom Chris has nominated which you can read about  by clicking HERE.Crissouli

It’s always difficult deciding whom to nominate for an Award, such as this, as there are  so many Blogs I follow, delight in, and which enrich my life. My final decision is as follows… and you only need to click on the link, have a bit of a read, and I guarantee that you’ll find a few new “favourites” there. Enjoy!!!

NOMINATIONS FOR BLOG OF THE YEARS 2012 AWARD ARE: 

1. The Tree of Me – Sharon
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2. Strong Foundations – Sharon
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3. Chloe Okoli – Chloe

4. Western District Families – Merron
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5. you don’t choose your family – Mike
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6. Over Thy Dead Body – Jennifer
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CONGRATULATIONS ALL!!!

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5. If you choose, you can now join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars… For further information on collecting stars, just click on the link provided in Rule 3.

Happy blogging for 2013 everyone… Cheers, Catherine

CATHERINE.ME

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Blog of the Year 2012 Award

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Many thanks to Pauleen of Family history across the seas for nominating my work for the “Blog of the Year 2012 Award”.  Am still amazed that so many people are interested in the Family Stories I write and to be recognised by my peers, in this way, is almost unbelievable.

Huge congratulations to others whom Pauleen has nominated. The details can be found by clicking HERE.

Now I have to make the difficult choice of nominating others for this Award. There are so so many Blogs I follow, delight in, and which enrich my life. My final decision is as follows… and you only need to click on the link, have a bit of a read, and I guarantee that you’ll find a few new “favourites” there. Enjoy!!!

1. Family History Fun

2. A Silver Voice From Ireland

3. Kylie’s Genes

4. AS THEY WERE

5. Ancestor Chasing

6. Geniaus

7. Cullen of Adelaide

8. Australian Genealogy Journeys

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5. If you choose, you can now join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars… For further information on collecting stars, just click on the link provided in Rule 3.

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Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

“Wonderful Team Member Readership Award” nominations…

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What a delight, surprise and honour to have J.G. Burdette from Map of Time nominate me for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award on 18 Dec 2012. Many thanks J.G…

Apologies for being so slow to pass on the Award but the Festive Season has slowed me down a bit along with the difficulty in deciding which of the fabulous blogs I enjoy, to nominate… so looked to the rules again and gained the clue from Rule (iv) …

RULES:

(i) Don’t forget to thank the nominator and link back to their site as well;
(ii) Display the award logo on your blog;
(iii) Nominate no more than fourteen readers of your blog you appreciate and
leave a comment on their blogs to let them know about the award;
(iv) Finish this sentence: “A great reader is…”

My definition is: “A great reader is someone who provides encouragement by commenting on your blog and responding to comments you make on theirs.”

My nominations for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award are:

(1) Chris – AS THEY WERE
(2) Pauleen – Family history across the seas
(3) Frances – A Rebel Hand: Nicholas Delaney of 1798
(4) Kristin – Finding Eliza
(5) Jennifer – Tracking Down The Family
(6) Yvonne – Yvonne’s Genealogy Blog

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Many thanks to all my readers and thanks, once again, to J.G.Burdette for my nomination, which you can read about HERE.

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Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

Illuminating Blogger Award

It was a huge surprise to find that Pauline, of History Across the Seas, nominated my Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family” blog for the “Illuminating Blogger Award”.  I’m still amazed, humbled and delighted

The reason I started the blog was simply as a means of passing on my knowledge, of our Ancestors, to my adored and adorable Children and Grandchildren. Figured I had to do something to stop their beautiful eyes glazing over whenever I started to “wax lyrical”, yet again, about my latest find/ discovery/ new lead etc. Was a huge surprise to discover that others were interested in my reflections, rememberings and researching.

Thankyou Pauline and many thanks also to the huge number of on-line blogging colleagues for your support and encouragement as I’ve bumbled my way through this new experience called “blogging”, for 5 months now.

My immediate task is to select 6 blogs to nominate for the “Illuminating Blogger Award”. A tough call when there are so many deserving people who’ve enriched my life by their very thoughts and then their words projected into “cyberspace”.  Thankyou all.

My nominations are:

 “A Hundred Years Ago” ~ every day I look for Sheryl’s latest post of her Grandmother’s Diary. Miss Helena Muffly, I feel that I know you and it’s such a joy to read your “Middle Aged grandaughters comments 100 years later”. Maybe one day we’ll work out what “gigger-me-rows” are, eh? 🙂 Thanks to you too Sheryl for your researching of life as it was 100 years ago and all the info about life on a farm both in days gone bye and today.

“Ancestor Chasing” ~  Kerryn’s writing resonates within every fibre of my being. Maybe it’s because we share a common Irish/ Scottish/ Australian heritage? Then there’s also that shared/ growing knowledge of the AIF. Thanks Kerryn… your writing comforts me and increases my under standing 100 fold.

Lisa Hannett’s Blog is one that also gives me great pleasure. Lisa is a young Canadian born, naturalised Australian now residing in South Australia, who writes the most amazing “Speculative Fiction” and is receiving accolades/ awards for her work. However did she manage to complete her PhD thesis and tutor others whilst continuing to write short stories and finalising her first book? Lisa’s “Tuesday Therapy” blogs provide ongoing encouragement for all writers. I suck up every word.  

“Digging up the Ancients”  ~ a blog I enjoy and not just because of its name, which I so love …nor Lynda Crackett’s, and my, shared enjoyment of “alliteration” but because not only does Lynda provide lots of links to a variety of resources but also shares her growing knowledge of working with blogging technology. Thanks Lynda.

“Reconciliation Australia Blog”  ~ is a blog that’s just recently come into my orbit and am so looking forward to having the time to read back through the posts. I love that it’s “chocka block full” of wonderful shared family stories which are so “readable” as well as such positive thinking about ways to help heal our Nation. A blog I strongly recommend.

“Stumbling Through the Past”  ~ resonates with me on many levels, lights up my world and confirms so many of my deeply held and dearly felt beliefs. Yvonne Perkins writes about: books, education, teaching reading, women’s history, indigenous Australians, to name just a few. Yvonne locates this all within her Academic knowledge/growing learning of History with an M.O. of collaboration and the sharing of knowledge. If this appeals to you be sure to check out this blog. 

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If you’ve been nominated and choose to accept my nomination … the rules of the award are straightforward:

  1. The nominee should visit the award site (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/) and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way that we can create a blogroll of award winners).
  2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.
  3. The Nominee should include a courtesy link back to the official award site (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/) in their blog post.
  4. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
  5. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award. Many people indicate that they wish they could nominate more so please feel free to nominate all your favorites.
  6. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/).

OH!!!… Just remembered I need share one unknown fact about me.

Well, back in the days when I was young and sprightly I was a “Foundation Member” of the South Australian National Ballet Company. It was an “amateur” company in that we were unpaid and did it for the love of Dance. Proud to have been involved in amazing initiatives like: bringing ballet to school children and performing “Swan Lake on the Lake” at the first South Australian Festival of Arts… and yes it was indeed “on a lake”… in that we danced on a raft moored on the banks of the River Torrens in Adelaide, South Australia, with “Mother Nature” herself as the backdrop.

Beautiful, innovative, creative etc., indeed!!! However, ever tried to dance on an unstable surface like a raft? … Ever stood waiting for your music cue with the “stage” rocking and the dark waters looming before you? … Ever found that “cramp” had seeped through your pink satin “pointe shoes” making movement all but impossible when the music cue finally came.  HA HA HA…. Was certainly not the end of the world and just another part of life’s rich tapestry, which makes me smile with the remembering. 

My own particular “swan song” was as “the bird” in “Peter and the Wolf”. Below is a photo of one of our rehearsals which appeared in the South Australian “News”, circa 1963.

Copyright © 2012. Catherine A. Crout-Habel “Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family”