Reflecting on the Guild blogging challenge and looking ahead

Over recent weeks I’ve been posting a series of Cavers one-name study blog posts. This was prompted by a challenge set to Guild of One-Name Studies members. The goal was to write 10 new blog posts over a 12-week period. Which I’ve managed, starting with an opening blog post written shortly before the New Year bells, followed by 9 subject blog posts between January and early March 2020.

The range of topics covered has been very broad, ranging over newspaper articles, mysteries over strays and Cavers individuals popping up in unexpected places, Cavers surname references spotted in new online databases, and posts about some of the Cavers surname gems I found for sale on eBay. I’ve been really pleased with the variety of material covered. Each blog post required new research to be undertaken, as well as writing, but was a delight to prepare and post. And although I’ve been blogging about Cavers topics here since 2011, it has been very encouraging to know that I can still blog about things this easily, and cover an interesting variety of topics and subjects.

Looking ahead I am to build on this momentum, and continue to blog regularly, though less frequently than in recent weeks. That rate is not sustainable for me long-term, especially with my severely disabling progressive neurological illness. But blogging more often is something I can continue doing, albeit at a more leisurely pace.

I also aim to continue the mix of subject matter explored recently. So expect a wide variety of upcoming posts over the next year and beyond. If readers have specific topics that they would like me to explore do please let me know in the comments section below. Otherwise my plans are as outlined above.

Seasonal greetings and best wishes for 2020

Festive greetings to fellow Cavers researchers, and all the best for the coming year.

I’ve signed up for a Guild of One-Name Studies blogging challenge, and will be aiming to blog here more over the coming months. The long-term aim is to encourage me to blog more here about my Cavers research for years to come. But there may be quite an influx of posts over the next three months.

Topics will vary. I have a mix of blog ideas lined up. For starters lots of fun old newspaper references, very much light, frothy pieces, but often amusing.

Another theme will be to blog about some of the Cavers artefacts I got hold of recently, including a US baby photo from a century ago and a WW1 soldier reference letter.

Along the way of the one-name study I’ve encountered many characterful Cavers people from the distant past, and plan to write about some of those in coming weeks. have recently added a number of interesting data sets of records, and I plan to blog about some of the Cavers entries found in these.

I also have some new Cavers genealogy (family lineage) blogs planned. And some blogs about some more mysterious Cavers people from the past, and what we know of them, and where they might possibly fit in.

So much to come, if all goes as planned. Watch this space!

Goals for my Cavers one-name study in 2018

Looking ahead to the New Year I thought I’d jot down things that I’d like to tackle in this area in the next 12 months.

I’m tempted to work on a new WordPress-based website for my one-name study, as I did for my Coldingham and Melrose one-place studies. But at the moment I’m not sure that’s a good use of my limited energy. Not least because my existing Cavers blog is also acting well as a repository for ideas / sharing.

I’d definitely like to blog more Cavers family lineages, and also stories of interesting people, references to Cavers people in early newspapers etc. That should become easier as more Scottish Borders papers are added to the British Newspaper Archive in digital form online.

The Cavers Y-DNA Project continues, and I’d like to do at least a couple more DNA blog posts. The first will consider the issue of comparing Douglas vs Cavers DNA – not quite as my first impressions suggested, and more complex a story. And I very much want to blog about the potential of autosomal DNA testing for the Cavers one-name study, given my recent successes. I may well widen the DNA study to accept autosomal tests next year.

It would also be nice to blog more provocative articles which raise questions, or throw up suggestions for further research. For example I did a medical blog post in the last year, which led to quite a bit of discussion. It would be good to see more along these lines.

Many ideas anyway. Looking forward to it!