Working hard to whittle down the list of To-Do tasks to get ready to pull back the curtain a little on the Genlighten Rails Alpha. Definitely feeling the pressure to get it out there, combined with the realization that the many “little” remaining items represent a large amount of effort that will probably drag on much longer than I’d like.
“What can you possibly do to be productive as a family history researcher in 20 minutes per week? Our studies suggest that currently the answer is, “Nothing.” In 20 minutes a would-be researcher can’t even remember what happened last week, let alone what they were planning to do next.”—Knutson, C.D. and Krein, J. “The 20-Minute Genealogist: A Context-Preservation Metaphor for Assisted Family History Research”, in the proceedings of the BYU Family History Workshop, March 12th, 2009.
The Three Words that Every New Bride Wants to Hear
A sister in the Val Verda somethingth Ward sacrament meeting I attended yesterday told a funny story. She and her husband had been married less than a week. The bishop of their new ward in Arizona asked him if he and his wife would speak in sacrament meeting. Husband said yes. Wife hates to give talks. Was mortally ill at the thought… dreaded it every moment. Sunday morning, she just can’t overcome her fear and tells her husband she’s not going.
"And then he said the three words that every new bride wants to hear."
[So I, for one, am thinking “Aaahhhh… he tells her he loves her, how sweet.” But noooo!]
"Tough it out."
In Made to Stick, the authors explain the power of the unexpected element in a story. If you know that your audience has a “defective schema”, and you know how it’s defective, you can “pull the rug out from under them with a well-structured surprise” and your message is likely to stick with them.
That’s what this sister did for us. She then went on to explain how “Tough it out” had become a theme in their family and had helped them deal with many forms of adversity over the years.
Determined lady who had to have her drawing entry stamped right this second and couldn’t wait until I had my Genlighten sign duct-taped up. She eventually came back while I was talking to someone and snuck around behind me to get to the stamp. Forgive me, but I sure hope she didn’t win anything.
Strong attendance in each of the three talks (especially the Geni/Ancestry Family Tree one)
Energy level in the first two (Geni/AFT and Twitter)
Surprisingly high interest in Twitter for Genealogists
Several strong afternoon booth discussions with people who *get* Genlighten
A nice steak/shrimp dinner at Sizzler brought the day to a nice close.
Caught the redeye back from Las Vegas late last night, slept most of the way. Managed to get the black monitor box home without paying United’s oversize fees or shipping it via FedEx.
Now on to preparing the two new talks for the South Davis Family History Fair next week: one on Twitter and the other on Ancestry Family Tree vs. Geni. I want to make these really enjoyable and worthwhile for the audience — above and beyond what they’re used to experiencing at these conferences.
I feel like, with effort and practice, I should be able to become a sought-after speaker at genealogy conferences, to the point where I no longer need to pay to attend them and can in fact have my travel expenses to them covered. A modest goal, but one which should help us publicize Genlighten more readily.