Embedding rich media (videos, maps, etc.) into WordPress blog posts using shortcodes has been a delight for all . . . except those people who are email followers on our sites. Today, WordPress announced a Jetpack update that fixes that issue for those email subscribers on your site.
Why is this interesting? If you are using your blog to generate family interest in their heritage, the email subscription feature is a great way to deliver the stories to them. Having the photo galleries, videos and such delivered instead of just text and some strange looking links will do a lot to catch their attention.
Even if your blog is hosted at WordPress.com, the Personal and Premium plans both support Jetpack although the Personal plan doesn’t include all of the components. It does include most of the features a family history blog requires.