Monday, February 10, 2014

Genealogy exhaustion

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To readers of my Australian Genealogy Journeys blog,

You may have been wondering where I have been for the past few months. My blog has become very quiet (which is appropriate if you know me offline)!

The honest truth is, I realised no matter how hard I tried to keep up my motivation for my genealogy research through my posts on this blog, I was still not living up to my own expectations, which were too high. I was starting to see signs of 'burn out', probably because of my tendencies toward perfectionism and procrastination. I had too many things on my research plate and I was driving myself to genealogy exhaustion!

Emails were remaining unanswered, I had piles of books and articles in my 'to read' basket, and my goals for organising all my information were not being met. And at the same time I was trying to keep up with genealogy news via social media, and trying desperately not to miss anything.

I realised I really needed to relax and focus on fixing other things in my life, instead of using my genealogy research as a distraction from other troubles, which I have done for many years now. This is supposed to be a fun hobby and somehow I had made it a chore!

An email from a genealogy contact back in October 2013 reminded me of an important truth I had neglected to realise:  my ancestors aren't going anywhere! 

I have made the decision to put the majority of my genealogy work aside for a few years, and will be focussing instead on other aspects of life. I am not dropping everything though, as I am going to continue writing my Fullerton history book, and actually get it finished and published! That would finally give me a sense of achievement and help me realise my years of family history research haven't been wasted. I will also continue dipping into my genetic genealogy research from time to time as I find it a fascinating and an exciting new field for family history. My genealogy blog will be much quieter from now on though, and I probably won't be around much in the world of genealogy social media anymore.

I've had a really fun time with this blog over the last (nearly four) years! Thank you everyone who has followed my blog, commented, shared, and thank you also to all the people who have talked genealogy with me on social media over the last few years. Thank you also to all the genealogy contacts and cousins who have contacted me over the last 10 years. I'm not giving up the family history - I'm just putting it aside for a while so I can work out some other things. And Fullerton cousins, I'm definitely not giving up the book :)

Drop me line via email, Google+ or Facebook sometime if you would like to know what I'm up to anytime in the next couple of years :)

Thanks again everyone.
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  1. Aillin, I've felt the same way at times. You just need to sit back, and either focus on just one thing, or take the time to sort a few things out. I wish you all the best with your book.

    1. Thanks Alona. I really do need to get focus back on the book as I know some elderly relatives are counting on it. I'm making it my priority now so I won't let them down :)

  2. I also understand and wish you all the best on your chosen path Aillin.

    1. Thanks Kerryn. I hope after a break I can come back to my family research with new enthusiasm :)

  3. I hope it's a fruitful sabbatical Aillin.

    Thank you for all your contributions to the geneablogging world downunder. You have been an inspiration to many.

    Do keep in touch.


    1. Thank you Jill. I have learnt so much from following your blog over the last couple of years. Thank you for all you do for genealogy in Australia and in the blogging community. I will come back to my blog :)

  4. I fully understand! Sometimes we just try to cover too many things. I often feel that I can't keep up with my family tree research blogging. It is good to take a step back, best of luck with what ever you do. I shall miss your blogs, I always found them a good read.

  5. Oh dear. Just as I find you you're going to disappear but I quite understand. I am now in the refreshed and ready to go stage and you will too be some time in the future.

  6. I understand too Aillin. You can see how far behind I am in reading blogs etc? Hoping that you enjoy your break.


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