Me and the COG – Two Ships that Passed in the Night

I began my blogging journey almost two years ago.  I had been reading a few blog posts about genealogy and those that were part of the Carnival of Genealogy always stood out.  The topics were interesting and fun and they seemed like such a great way to bring the genealogy to life.  As I pondered the idea of starting my own blog, I came back to the COG time and again, thinking “if I start a blog, I could do this.”

So I started the blog on December 27, 2008, just a few days before the deadline for the 39th edition, New Year’s Resolutions.  And yet, I didn’t post.  Days and weeks went by, COG calls for submissions were issued, and still I didn’t post.  Why not?

Partly, it was a timing issue.  It seemed like every time I checked the call for submissions, the deadline had just passed.  Or maybe the deadline was only a day or so away and I didn’t feel like I had enough time to devote to writing a quality post.  Sometimes, the topic didn’t appeal to me (Alzheimer’s Disease, for example – way to close to home), and that’s okay.  Not every topic is going to strike a chord with every writer.

I finally got it together this year and wrote my first post intended for the COG.  Unfortunately, I had the deadline date wrong and submitted it a day late, so it didn’t get included.  I made the deadline for the next edition, the 76th, How I Spent My Summer Vacation, with “Those Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer.” And there it stopped.  Until today.

Looking back, there are a number of topics that I wish I  had written about (some are the ones that inspired me at the beginning).  #20 – A Tribute to Women.  #31 – Proving or debunking family myths.  #32 – Family war stories.  #37 – Genealogy wish lists.  #39 – New Year’s Resolutions.  #56 – Essential Books in Your Genealogical Library.  #68 – Women’s History Month: One Woman.  #71 – Local History.

There is no reason I can’t write about these topics now, and maybe I will.    Jasia has said in her post for this edition that changes to the COG are coming; it will be interesting to see what 2010 holds.  There are two more editions in 2009, so that’s two more opportunities to participate this year.  Perhaps the COG and I will no longer speak in passing.   I could do this.

Written for the 84th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy: What the COG means to me!

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