Is it just me, or does anyone else find it ironic that hosting a blog is rather an insular activity and yet it hosts an amazing amount of team work? The blogosphere is a place where we can type and interact in our pyjamas, with a bad hair day, when we are not feeling well, and at peace with the world. We can be exactly how we want to be and no one can view or make judgement.
Recently I was nominated with a Wonderful Team Member Readership Award and, whilst I was very appreciative of the award, accepted in the vain in which it was given, a fellow blogger highlighted that perhaps it continually diverts web traffic to the same blogs because of all the linking. Furthermore, a sense of concern arose across some genealogical bloggers. However, it raises a discussion. We all want to be part of something, be it a bridge club (not that I can play it), a book group (yes, I do belong to one of those and several virtual ones), family history groups and societies (more than several), a participant on a website be it mailing lists, or writing as part of a wider group such as The In-Depth Genealogist. I am convinced that this is behaviour that stems back to the start of mankind, when men (us women folk stayed home) hunted in packs, pooling together resource, energy and strength in order to share the fruits of their labours.
It therefore occurs to me that genealogy is much the same. It is the coming together of likeminded people, across the globe, completely regardless of religion, colour or anything else we can use to be judgmental with. We pull together to share ideas, knowledge and as a result of that we develop friendships. Yes, proper friendships with no logistical boundaries thanks to the internet. On the whole, genealogy is about learning who we are, where we have come from and the journey that our ancestry has taken. It is about family.
An amazing example of teamwork, friendship and family is the Genealogists for Families Team, which is co-ordinated by Judy Webster of Queensland, Australia. The team at the point of writing this consists of 239 individuals who have pulled together since it’s formation in September 2011. Since then the team has made loans to the value of $41,000 across more than 1,500 loans.
You can click the link about to find out about the Kiva ethos and the Genealogists for Families Team. For the price of a coffee and a cake for two you can help someone and their family and really make a difference. The concept for the Genealogists for Families team started as Judy continued a legacy created by her father. Many of us have made loans to commemorate a loved one or an ancestor. It is an amazing example of teamwork.
Do you want to be part of the team?
Until next time,
Photo Credit: Gabriella Fabbri