Browsing All Posts filed under »writing for the Web«

What’s the objective?

August 27, 2013 by

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For the (over) five years in which I’ve been blogging, I’ve focused mostly on the American Civil War. As the title of the blog suggests, however, I have room to roam whenever I get the whim. I don’t like to keep myself too “hemmed-in”. The title has given me enough flexibility that I feel comfortable moving in just […]

It’s not Bruce Catton’s world anymore

August 20, 2013 by

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Keep in mind, I’m merely using Bruce Catton as an example of a writer of Civil War history from that era (1950s-70s), but… The point is… the world in which Civil War (and other) history is delivered by an author has changed. I think it’s clear enough that the methodology has changed… but that’s not all. […]

Participating in the Panel Discussion at LVA, August 22

August 14, 2013 by

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I’ll be participating in this discussion in just over a week. Looking forward to it…

Lagging posts, and a conflicted writer

June 1, 2013 by

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Yes, it’s been slow around here, and, having been in blogging now for over five years, I find it is a trend with me from latter spring, through summer. I’ll see if I can get it in gear, and do just a little better this summer than in previous years. One thing for sure, Gettysburg […]

An evening with “Bud” Robertson, part 2

March 30, 2013 by

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The second great point that struck me while listening to Dr. Robertson was… in him, are we listening to the end of an era? He didn’t say anything about this… it’s just something that came to my mind. I think we are. Not only are we looking at one of the history community’s living connections […]

It’s the little things… an evaluation of blogging’s “seedlings” on the Web

February 28, 2013 by

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Some folks obsess on numbers; some way too much. Some even write to score numbers. That’s fine. To each his/her own. Don’t get me wrong, I like to see that folks are visiting the blog, but I’ve moved on from the “obsessed by numbers phase”. In my first year or two of writing the blog… oh, yes; […]

The future of Civil War history entails ___ (fill-in the blank)

January 14, 2013 by

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History is an interesting field. There are a wide variety of practitioners, some on the “inside”, some on the “outside”, and some, to some degree, with one foot in both (some overlapping occasionally, and some on a regular basis). But, the inside/outside thing is a matter of perspective. People work in certain circles, and from within […]

What’s the future look like for your blogged labors of love?

December 4, 2012 by

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Ron’s comment in my previous post was enough to send me down another path… After all your hard work… what’s the future look like for that content you labored so long in putting on the Web? Considering the way in which we, as bloggers, celebrate milestones in blogging (someone hits 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 posts, etc) … frankly, that’s a […]

Civil War blogging… content delivery or controversy delivery?

December 1, 2012 by

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UPDATE: **If there are still those who are critical of this post and my “agenda” in doing so, it’s not complicated. Look at my education in the “About Me” tab, at the top of this blog… a masters in history, and a masters in tech comm (with heavy emphasis on Web theory). This post was […]

Southern… but at what point did “alternative roads” course outward?

September 22, 2012 by

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There’s a great deal of time and effort spent at looking at Southerners in the Civil War, and in the years leading-up to the secession crisis. We see several books, articles, blog posts, etc. focused on “what they were fighting for” (in this instance, one could say this statement applies to both Southern Confederates and Southern Unionists), […]

Teaching in front of an invisible class

August 5, 2012 by

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Some thoughts on blogging this morning… We write… but for whom? A writer before his/her blog is somewhat like a teacher (it might be interesting to see who considers themselves authoritarian teachers and non-authoritarian teachers… and why, but we’ll not go there today) before an invisible class. We have information, perspectives and/or experiences to share… […]

Rhetorical approaches to Civil War blogging?

July 31, 2012 by

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Are they obvious… or subtle? I don’t think everyone has a point to make… unless, of course, you also want to consider straight-out information distribution as a way to convince others that the Civil War and/or particular aspects of it ARE important. In that case, yes… there is rhetoric involved, to some degree. But, how much […]

Empowering words… more… through the “writing space”

July 6, 2012 by

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I don’t get to write about it much, or perhaps I should say, I don’t take as much time as I would like, to write about it… … but, what is in the power of an assembled collection of written words? Obviously, there are masters of this sort of thing, at least, more obviously… in print media. All […]

More on Samuel Windle… a response from a descendant.

May 26, 2012 by

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When I write about someone of the past… someone we can only “know” through what amounts to only a few documented actions/activities… I don’t do so in search of validation of my “read” or “take” on that person. Yet, when I hear from someone, who happens to be a descendant of that person, and the […]

And you thought electronically delivered history was all about the content…

February 13, 2012 by

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… and you thought all I focus on is history… humpf! I keep telling people, electronically delivered history isn’t simply a matter of a new platform (the Web) for a place to put stuff (aka the same old print media layout and design)… and this round of books in the pic above, being packed-up for […]

The Civil War Monitor… major kudos for content AND presentation

September 25, 2011 by

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Back in the early 70s, my parents subscribed me to a popular Civil War magazine, and, when I received my first issue in the mail, I was beyond dazzled at the cool factor (the cool factor being two-fold… me getting my first magazine subscription… and it having to do with a subject that I enjoyed, […]

A public information announcement… I suppose…

September 12, 2011 by

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Once in a blue moon (and no, tonight isn’t really a blue moon, but you get the point…), I like to point out what this blog is about. Generally, it focuses on a relatively small range (really!) of topics, dealing primarily with what might (to some) be considered “alternative history” of the Shenandoah Valley in […]

e-book vs. traditional: the past and future of reading and writing

July 25, 2011 by

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I was going to write something about the Civil War yesterday, but opted for another direction. The in-process Civil War related post remains in the hopper, and will see the light of day… or rather… the back-lit screen, soon enough. What seems to catch my attention even more, however, are recent developments in the book […]