Blog Tune-Up

The Genealogy Blog Party theme for January, 2019 is “Tune Up Your Blog” – what a great topic! This fun monthly party is hosted by Elizabeth O’Neal over at My Descendant’s Ancestors.

The researchers, writers, story-tellers, and educators behind our favorite genealogy blogs don’t often show off what’s under the hood or the great (or sometimes not-so-great) tech behind the scenes.

Our More Roots Than Branches website is a WordPress.org1 site, running the Chic Lifestyle theme. Our technology is hosted by, and our domain name is registered through, the outstanding folks over at CNTweb Internet Services.

We use about a dozen plugins to help manage things like how photos are displayed, where social media is linked, configuration of contact options and forms, security, and other tools that help authors as they write and publish great content. We use Google Fonts and Pixabay to add a polished look to our site. In a later post, we’ll explore some of the analytics, SEO, traffic data, and responsive/mobile tools that you might also find helpful. But first, we want to check out some of the “Just for Fun” tools shared by My Descendant’s Ancestors.

Party Just Spells F-U-N in Another Language, Really

  • Typealyzer
    This creative site quickly scans a blog and suggests what Myers-Briggs’ personality type the author is. They surmised the author here at MRTB is an ESTP. Typealyzer says these Extraversion (E), Sensing (S), Thinking (T), Perception (P) types are “the active and playful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.”2

    How’d they do? Not quite on the mark. The primary author here at MRTB is actually an INFP. This Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), Perception (P) type, according to the website 16Personalities, is “The Mediator” and “are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine.”3 Representing about 4% of the population, the group includes Princess Diana, Mister Rogers, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Tori Amos, William Shakespeare, Helen Keller, and J.R.R. Tolkien.4 As we’re motivated by vision and inspiration, we feel pretty at-home among this amazing list of folks.

    All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither; deep roots are not reached by the frost. ~J.R.R. Tolkien

  • I Write Like
  • This interesting site processes text and returns a suggestion of a similarly-styled author. We copy/pasted the text from our earlier post “My Marthas, part 3” and learned the primary author here writes like Kurt Vonnegut. As his works “blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction,”5 we’ll take that as a huge compliment.

  • Analyze My Writing
    This site reported more than most folks want to know about their writing (including some brutally honest reports – ouch!) We copy/pasted some text from our “About Us” page and learned we use a lot of commas, semicolons, and… well, we write like an average high school senior. On the plus side, we too-frequently use some pretty great words to describe the amazing world that is genealogy!
  • Expresso
    Like, this site reviews entered text and summarizes things like character and word count, syllables and types of speech, as well as short or long sentences, word choice, passive voice. This neat tool color-codes any measured item and guides you to examining each metric. Interestingly, a segment from our “About Us” page uses 4.6% rare words and only 2.3% filler words.

Plus a few of our own:

  • Wordcloud Generator
    This fun and easy to use site creates a wordcloud from a website to visualize word use and frequency.
  • The Students and Writers Blog
    This fun site is a great help to get past writer’s block or to enjoy a brief respite from tough research questions or writing challenges. We encourage you to visit the site; we’ve bookmarked the Art Title Generator.

That’s all for this month. Until next time, continue to teach someone, something!