Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Genealogy Journal - 03/04/09

My genealogy life just took another sharp I'm a newsletter editor. It's not as easy as it looks, I fear.

After checking email, blogs and Twitter, I posted Family Photographs - Post 45: Father and Daughter. I downloaded Maureen Taylor's free e-Book, read it quickly, and posted Free e-Book of Photo Detective articles. Knowing I was in for a long afternoon, I wrote the Ancestral Atlas - Post 2: Events and People and scheduled it to post in the early afternoon. At 11:45, I grabbed some lunch and ran off to the CVGS Board meeting hoping I hadn't forgotten to do some task. Like look for a newsletter template that would work for me.

The Board meeting was long, and right away Shirley asked me if I could take over the editorship right away - meaning this week for a Sunday publication. Ummm, I said yes, because she is really in pain. The meeting was over at 3, and when I got home, I checked the Microsoft Word templates and didn't see one I really liked. I decided to make my own using Tables and text boxes. By 5:15, I had a format defined and several articles inserted. I had to take Kurt down to the drug store, and when I returned, we had dinner. At 7 p.m. I was back on the computer.

I worked on the newsletter until 9:30. I lost one whole page somehow but managed to re-constitute it from the draft. At some point, my Internet connection died and I finally rebooted the router - that worked! I checked, email, blogs and Facebook, then wrote Recording family history - how young? Then this post and I'm done!

Genealogy today was 11.0 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blogs, 0.5 hour on T/FB, 2.0 hours writing blog posts, 3.0 hours at the CVGS Board meeting, and 4.5 hours working on the CVGS newsletter.

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