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#AtoZChallenge B for Blogger

April 2, 2018

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers to publish a post from A-Z every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. The theme I have chosen for 2018 is The Story Of Me

I first started to blog, almost seven years ago, I never ever dared to think I would  consider myself to be a blogger. It was my daughter who first suggested I begin to blog. I’m really not sure why She suggested it, but she must have seen that I would get something out of it. My life was in crisis at the time and I was struggling to make sense of everything that was going on.

At the time, I thought of bloggers as writers. I definitely was not a writer. I just recorded ‘stuff’ to get it out of my head. That was not writing. But after seven years of blogging on three blogs, I have to say that finally, I do consider myself to be a blogger.  It took me ages to come to terms with this title.

Blogging is one of the joys of my life. It’s my outlet. And I do love to read other blogs. It’s amazing the array of blogs out there, and some on topics that I would never have known existed.

In 2011, I began my blog Ne t Phase In Fitness, where I recorded my fitness adventures, such as fun runs, cycling events and training in general. In 2013 the blog shifted to it’s own domain. Blogging about my fitness experiences and challenges really helps me to stay on track and to stick with the program. I’ve participated in many fitness challenges over the years, and blogged about them. I’ve met many other bloggers doing similar to myself, which helps to validate what I do, when I question what I am doing and why I’m doing it.

Shortly after the blog began, I then created this family history blog, to record and communicate research into my family history. This has led to meeting many family members who I would never have met in life. Also one of the joys of becoming a genealogy blogger, or geneablogger as we call ourselves,  is meeting up with other geneabloggers, from Australia and all around the world. Some of these I have met in real life at conferences, both here and overseas. I sincerely do hope to have more time in the future to catch up with many more of my blogger friends, both in fitness and in genealogy/family history.

This blog, as I announced in a post in 2017, has now been archived by the National Library of Australia in the PANDORA ARCHIVE, and is regularly updated, so will always be available for future generations who may have an interest in continuing the research of this family.

Blogging is very important to me, and to who I am. I’m sure that I will continue blogging until the end.

Please visit again to see my story unfold. 


  1. It was fun to meet up in person last year. Think geneabloging helps to focus my research and is great for communicating my findings. Best wishes for your continuing blogging journey.

  2. It has been great to connect with you Jennifer as we do have much in common. So pleased you and Leanne encouraged me to do the A to Z Challenge again this year. I have only been blogging for 3 years and not sure if I will make it to 7 and couldn’t contemplate more than one blog! You’ve done so well. Looking forward to tomorrow ‘C’

  3. It’s been a busy day, so I’m just catching up, and you all on the other side of the world are already a day ahead! While my Devon ancestor came to Canada his siblings went to Australia with the assisted passage schemes, so I like reading family blogs from Australians as I learn a lot, not just about resources but about life in general through your stories. I look forward reading more A to Z.

  4. I always find it interesting to see why other bloggers started their blogs and how long they’ve been blogging for – you’ve been at it for twice as long as I have! I can’t believe I didn’t discover blogging much earlier – it is such a joy and the connections are something I never expected and treasure the most.

    Leanne |
    B for Believe in Yourself

  5. I love that Australia recognizes the value of family history blogs. Congratulations on being included in PANDORA.

  6. Mummy's Monkey permalink

    I love this. I blog but I’m still not really at the stage where I think of myself as a blogger. Maybe I’ll get there one day!

  7. I’ll be def adding you on my reflection posts. It’s always fun to write about yourself. We write so much about our ancestors… and forget us.

    • That’s so true Jeanne. I will check out your blog today. I love connecting with others interested in family history

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