Internet Presence


Ever since AOL dropped website support in October 2008 I have been giving thought to how to go about maintaining an Internet presence.
The idea of paying for webspace to recreate my genealogy website didn't appeal to me. In the past I found maintaining skill in the use of HTML and Cascading Style Sheets was a lot of work.
I decided to see what I could accomplish using free space and capabilities offered by Google and others.
I created four Google blogs:
1. Mr. Dickie's Blog- where I post quotations that I like and things that are on my mind. I usually post to this blog daily. It feeds to my Wall on Facebook using NetWorkedBlogs.
2. Arrow Prayers
- where I post short prayers. I usually post to this blog once a day.
3. Henthorn Website News
- I use this blog to post genealogy news and other information about the families I'm interested in: Henthorn(e), Hinthorn(e), Conger Watson and Yoho. I post to this one as the mood strikes me and as time permits.
4. Henthorn Website Obits- this blog is the place where I share obituaries as I extract them from my files or as they become available on the Internet. I post to this one when something becomes available.
The four blogs, described above, are linked together. There is a "link" box in the right-hand sidebar of each blog with the names of the various pieces of what I call "my virtual website." From the "link" box you can go to any of the other components.

I Created A Social Bookmarking Blog:
5. Mr. Dickie's Links- My AOL website had a Links page I used to share URLs to other websites I felt might be of interest to others working on the same surnames.
- Later I found a better way to accomplish this task, and more, which was very user friendly. I' postied my links to the social bookmarking site Delicious. Then, one day, I discovered that they shutdown.
- To replace what I lost I created another blog, Mr. Dickie's Links. Here I am posting links to webpages that I find interesting. The links posted include genealogy and other topics that I find interesting. There is a right-hand sidebar with keywords and phrases that will help you locate a topic. Scroll down to find the Blog Archive list. This shows a history of the posts made to the blog, from the latest to the earliest.

I Created Henthorn Genealogy on Facebook:

6. Henthorn Genealogy is a secret group created for the purpose of having a place where people on Facebook, who are interested in my genealogy projects, can communicate. Persons who become members should be concerned about privacy but not so much so that they will be upset if something is shared that they don't want on the public Internet. Members can post to the Wall and to the Files area. Let's see what we can make of this idea. Membership is open to people I know by my invitation or their request.