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#31WBGB: Analyze a Top Genealogy Blog

31 Weeks ButtonI have been participating in Tonia’s 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog challenge, and it has been great fun! These exercises have really energized my writing and my genealogical research. This is Week 4 of the challenge, but it is not too late to join the fun!

This week’s task is to analyze a top genealogy blog.

The obvious choice for me is Denise Olson’s Moultrie Creek Gazette, my very favorite genealogy/technology/history blog.

Blog? Oh, my!

More like The Wall Street Journal of genealogy blogs! I have a blog; Denise has succeeded in creating a vast, all-inclusive online geneatech portal.¬† Blog, newspaper, review, journal, tutorial, expos√© (not really!)…anything having to do with family history and genealogy-related technology can be found at the Moultrie Creek Gazette.

What does exactly does Denise do at the Gazette that makes it so appealing and successful? Let’s dissect this little slice of genea-heaven:

The look of the site, the theme itself is well-designed, open and airy, the font is pleasing to the eye and easy to read, and photographs or illustrations accompany most articles. Denise is also a talented photographer! All sections of the Gazette are accessible from the home page, just click and go.

Links abound to the various sections of the Moultrie Creek Gazette, but are not overwhelming. How do I explain this? I have been to some websites that contain so many links, and are so “busy” that I get antsy just trying to read the page! At the Gazette, the links are clearly differentiated, yet blend nicely into each page.

The content includes discussion of her own family history, and stories and images of the St Augustine area of northeast Florida. Founded in 1565, St Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city and port in the continental United States. The history of the United States of America literally begins in Denise’s back yard!

Denise has amassed an impressive knowledge of cyber-technology as it relates genealogy. She is the go-to girl for information on writing tools, photo management and digital scrapbooking. And the Moultrie Creek Gazette reflects this. Denise is also arguably the most knowledgeable person (outside of its creators) of the massive genealogy wiki, WeRelate. She has written an entire tutorial series about WeRelate.

All of this information can be found at the Moultrie Creek Gazette.

Monetization appears to be minimal. A couple of non-intrusive affiliate ads appear on the home page and only a single add on other pages. One section, Creekside Outfitters, is devoted to her Amazon store where genealogy-related items are available.

Simply put, I believe the Moultrie Creek Gazette has set the standard for today’s online genealogy/technology news magazine. Denise’s work here has inspired the development of my own newsletter, and when it grows up, it wants to be just like the Moultrie Creek Gazette!