I'm thrilled to have met so many new people! And I'm hoping to connect with many more of you in 2013. I plan to attend RootsTech in March (my first time ever) so if you see me there, please do introduce yourself! Here's how I connected in 2012...
January & February
- Taught 16 sessions of "Writing Your LIfe in Small Bites" classes and met wonderful new people who shared heartfelt, touching and funny stories from their lives.
- Was asked to moderate an ongoing writing group at the Highlands of Dove Mountain.
- Launched my interactive eWorkbook Creating Your Personal Timeline. Got a lovely review on Geneabloggers.
- Received an invitation from Thomas MacEntee to talk about Creating Your Personal Timeline on Geneabloggers Radio. Met Lisa Alzo, Carol Rice and Lynn Palermo on the air as we discussed the ins and outs of writing your family history.
- Launched a monthly Your Story Coach newsletter. I still love it everytime I get a ping announcing a new subscriber!
- Wrote a guest post for Donna Hull's Itchy Travel Feet blog: Florida Girlfriend Getaway. I love travel almost as much as I love sharing stories, so this was a great match for me. In turn, Donna kindly contributed a wonderful travel writing post for my readers.
- Made a fab discovery in the 1940 census. My post,1940 Census Surprise, about finding my mother's friend Sabie was a reader favorite.
- Launched Share-a-Story website. Over the next few months I connected with Dr. Bill Smith, George Geder, Mary Lyons and others who shared stories. A fan favorite was Jennifer Piankoff's Nuts & Cottage Cheese. (One of my goals for 2013 is to give Share-a-Story the attention it deserves...don't be surprised if I tap you on the virtual shoulder asking for your stories!!)
June - August
- My post about 7 Photo Memories to Capture Now inspired many of you to start taking photos of your daily life, including Sherry Stocking Kline over at Family Tree Writer who reminded her readers to Take Everyday Photos - Now!
- Started posting Story Sparks, in hopes that these writing exercises would spark more of your stories.
- Wrote Great-Grandpa was a Fugitive, my favorite blog post of the year.
- Submitted my own Love Letter to Tucson and met Rachel Miller, the brains behind the blog, for a fabulous photo shoot at Antigone, my favorite local independent bookstore.
- Met Denise Olson of Moultrie Creek via email and added Creating Your Personal Timeline to the shelves of Moultrie Creek Books. And thanks, Denise, for your kind review: Telling Your Own Story.
- Teamed up with Brightwater Senior Living to provide story coaching for residents and their families. I'll be teaching classes via Skype in March.
- Collaborated with Lowcountry Africana to promote StoryCorps' National Day of Listening. I offered 5 Ways to Preserve Memories and Share Stories. It was lovely to meet and work with Toni!
- Contacted by Guy Kawasaki to review APE (Guy Kawasaki Blazes Trail for Self-Publishers) and enjoyed corresponding with Guy and his team.
- Participated in Geneabloggers' Advent Calendar with a story about my family's Tom & Jerry parties in the 60s and 70s.
- Wrote my 2nd Annual Family History gift list. I always have such fun scouring the web for meaningful and fun family history themed gift ideas.
I hope you'll reach out to connect with me in this new year. You can find me on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, and of course, my website. I look forward to meeting you!
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