With the start of the New Year, many genealogists are thinking about setting goals for 2012. Recently, I heard about some genealogists who took it a bit further in 2011 to ensure their success.
How did they do it? They connected with a genealogy buddy to hold them accountable for reaching their goals. As far as I know, the idea started with Amy Coffin of the We Tree Blog and Denise Levenick of The Family Curator Blog.
Not only did Amy and Denise encourage each other to achieve their goals, they also blogged about it.
From Denise came "Blogging Buddies and Genealogy Resolutions, report from the West Coast Partner" and from Amy, "Blogging Buddies and Genealogy Resolutions."
Finding a Genealogy Buddy
If you're a genealogy blogger then finding a buddy might be as easy as asking another blogger. Geographic proximity is not a requirement for genealogy buddies. You can support each other's goal publicly or privately via blogs, email, Facebook, Twitter or Google+.
If you're not a blogger, don't feel left out. The buddy system could work great whether you are online or offline. I think this could be a great activity for genealogy societies to get involved with. They could encourage their members to find buddies amongst the membership to help them with their goals and research.
And don't forget to think locally. Are there any genealogists in your town or region? You could meet your buddy monthly at a local coffee shop. Don't know of any genealogists locally? Perhaps your local library or archive could help you connect with one.
Make It Happen
At the start of 2012 don't just write down your goals. Make achieving your goals more fun by connecting with another genealogist. You'll have a better chance at achieving your goals and have lots of adventures along the way.