All right, I admit it. In my previous post, I said that this one would be following 'tomorrow'. Well, 'tomorrow' would have been several days ago. And that brings me to my first Base Practice and Guideline of the 'Genealogy Do-Over' proposed by Thomas MacEntee:
- Don't beat yourself up if you cannot get to your researching/blogging right away.
- Don't pretend you are young and have superpowers (any more) - write it down. Make lists.
You do all that yummy research and find trillions of juicy facts *coughs*, throw it into the genealogy database and go off and celebrate. Or make dinner. You come back the next day, and have completely forgotten where you found those trillions. Or you downloaded a cracking good file, and now can't find it (because it's still called 'GBPRS_DEV_007341934_00046' or 'BL_0000328_18481019_011'). Or you look at your 4 x g grandfather's record and know you were going to look for his birth date, but you can't remember for the life of you where you were going to look... Where are your checklists? Where are your research logs? Where are your research plans?
- When you have done your researching/blogging, ALWAYS back it up.
Doubtless, more base practices and guidelines will make themselves felt over the next 13 weeks of this Genealogy Do-Over. But that's the whole point. It's time to stop Knowing. Slow Down and Start Learning.
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