Closing out Your Genealogy Year is the Time to Take Stock of Your Genealogy Spending
Here we are. Amazing as it may seem, we are at the end of 2013 with only a handful of hours to go.
What a great time it is to make our resolutions, finish up last minute tasks that need closing out in 2013, and a great time to take a look toward the future as we continue to go Onward To Our Past®!
This is the time of year that I highly recommend that each of us take time to review our genealogy spending from 2013! Was it worth the price we paid? Which resources did we really use heavily during the year? Which of our subscriptions, members, etc. were ‘winners’ and which were ‘losers’ in our eyes.
You can see my article that gives you all you need to know (and maybe more) about the system I use each year for my genealogy spending review. You can click on this link http://blog.genealogybank.com/genealogy-tools-resources-review-best-bang-for-your-buck.html.
Each year I take the time necessary to undertake a complete review of the money I spent on my genealogy. I want to make certain as I approach the renewal cycles for many of the subscriptions, memberships, etc. that I use in the pursuit of my family history that I react to the renewal notice based on my usage and the benefits I received rather than just in a knee-jerk reaction to the pressures of time and thinking that I simply ‘don’t want to miss anything’ in the upcoming year.
I am always pleased when I conduct my Annual New Year’s Review of My Genealogy Spending. This exercise is always nice because I get to see, like Clint Eastwood, which of my prior year’s decisions were ‘The Good’, which were ‘The Bad’, and which were unfortunately nothing more than ‘The Ugly’!
Until I started to use my system of review I found that far too often I was simply reacting to renewal notices and not really trying to evaluate the ROI of each of my genealogy expenditures. My memory, at the instant of needing to make a renewal decision was not always accurate so I developed my system to help me really think through each expense and how I had utilized it during the past year.
By completing this simple analysis I can assure myself that I will continue with those organizations I use most and put those on the cusp of losing my support on my ‘watch list’ so I really keep them in mind to see how much I use them in the coming year. Plus I can write what I hope is a useful letter to those organizations I am no longer supporting to let them know why and perhaps some ideas of what it would take for them to garner my renewed support sometime in the future.
I also use my analysis system to help guide me in planning and making my year-end genealogy contributions. I always enjoy giving a bit extra to any organization where their volunteers or staff members have gone ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty for me. In those years where I have some extra ‘genealogy money’ that I can contribute, I want to be sure I am directing it to those organizations that have something truly special going on, have high needs, special projects, or fabulous folks just keeping everything on track.
While my budget for my genealogy and my genealogy-related contributions has not grown much at all in the past few years, I feel much better about how I am spending it since I know I am investing it more wisely than I had been in the past.
So as we all bid goodbye to 2013 let’s enjoy spending a few minutes reviewing what we did with our genealogy dollars so we can be sure to use them to achieve the maximum impact we would all like to achieve in 2014.
Happy New Year and thanks to everyone who has been here with us throughout 2013.
With sincere appreciation!
Onward To Our Past®