One of the classes I’m taking right now is Digital History, a methods class combining how to use the internet for historical research (including a tour of cool history-related sites) and practice for how to present historical information digitally. One of our assignments is to blog through our textbook (Digital History by Daniel J. Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig, 2006 — a how-to manual), and blog about the historical websites we’re visiting. I have a separate blog set up to turn in this homework, but provided it’s interesting, I’ll also be posting it here. I’ll be linking to a lot of these websites and such on my (upcoming) History Resources page as well.
In fact, beyond assigned homework, I think I may blog through all my classes when interesting topics, themes, or resources emerge. Being a history (and political science) student is a big part of my life right now and it seems people are interested in college life and the things I’m studying. I think it will add value for y’all as far as cool information and topics, in addition to those who might be considering college or a history degree (or who are already pursuing one). Never fear, if I don’t think it’s interesting, I won’t post it, and other fandom-related and “things I think are interesting” posts will continue! (My blog philosophy also specifies that I don’t post things others can just copy and paste into their own homework, so there won’t be any full papers or things of that nature, but I may post excerpts or alter academic writing to be conversational and blog-appropriate).
I haven’t been actively doing Zero to Hero blog-improvement assignments, but I’ve been following along and taking some advice. You may have noticed I’m trying out a cool(?) new theme and experimenting with headers. I wanted a theme that would be less glaringly white and have more area for the actual posts, instead of giving the sidebar half of it. Other improvements and experiments are on the way, and I’ve tweaked my About page to better illustrate my vision for this blog.
As always, feedback is appreciated!