Before the internet those researching a specific study largely did so via a series of written methods. As we entered into a digital modern age websites were for large organisations. Over time the scope for websites and online presence expanded and expanded and as a result a good many Guild of One-Name Studies members have some form of online presence.
Initially, those that joined the Guild could have a profile page and that was akin to a website presence. It enabled members to have a platform that advertised and shared information about their study. Profile pages, like studies themselves come in all shapes and sizes. Some members have very detailed profiles, such as this one for the Baldacchino Study and personally I would like to see all members aspire to this level of detail, myself included! The Orlando Profile is HERE and the Butcher Profile is HERE.
Members are limited by only their imaginations for the scope of the material that can be included on the surname profile. If you look at both of my profile pages above you will see there is a difference between my own studies. At some point in the coming weeks I will write a few posts about creating a Profile page and how those profile pages will evolve over time.
The Members’ Website Project is one of the Guild benefit’s that I adore! These sites are hosted on the Guild website, as a way of preserving, publishing and sharing information about a study. Anyone who has undertaken the Pharos course in the last few years will know that I love the benefit offered to Guild members, at no cost (unless a member opts for a TNG site in which case the licence is around $33 USD) providing a website and yet still enabling the member to work upon their study and achieve the material at the same time. It does not matter how much material you have already, in fact I personally think it is better to have little rather than be in my position and have almost three decades of material to digitise.
Other options are for Facebook groups and pages for a study, or a Twitter feed. Some members opt for a blog structure and a number of members have all of the above! Whatever method you choose be sure to consider all the options. Top Tip – Don’t leave it until the last minute to start a website. The more paper and files you have the harder it will be to get going!