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Мы должны таксировать блог немедленно!

August 24, 2010 by


We have intermissions here as well… … yes, I know… what the heck is that in my header…? Well, allow me to back up a bit. My “demonstration” in this post is aligned with the sentiments expressed by Andy in his post from the other day. It’s my way of voicing an opinion against anyone […]

Is your digital history effective?

July 24, 2010 by


When we see websites like The Valley of the Shadow, I think it’s clear that they provide us with some great material… available to us in a very convenient state online. Without the site, it would take us a great deal of work to access the various materials at various sites… in other words, back […]

It’s time to build…

November 29, 2009 by


Between looking for a job, being sick, and my laptop biting the dust, I’ve had a lot of time to think about blogging and where I want this blog (and my smaller info blogs) to go. I’m not done with blogging (especially now, with a new laptop and a new mobile broadband service), but I […]

How Digital is your History? – Where some blog hosts fail

September 3, 2009 by


There are times when I think that blogging challenges us in ways we don’t realize. There is an underlying current that is moving and often, many bloggers aren’t moving with it. I think it is often attributable to poor blog hosting services. Blogging is part of the social interaction that is Web 2.0 (duh, no […]

Dropping the “thumbs-up, thumbs-down” rating option…

September 1, 2009 by


A little while back, I noted, courtesy of Harry at Bull Runnings, that WordPress gave bloggers the option of implementing a “thumbs-up, thumbs-down” rating option for readers. I figured that I would give it a try, but the opportunity for readers to rate without bothering to make commentary is not in the best interests of […]

“The rumors of my death have been greatly exagerated”

August 25, 2009 by


Well, the Google bots might disagree and see my absence from the blogosphere as “virtual death,” but I am here! Thanks to all those who sent emails and inquiries asking “Where is Robert?! I appreciate them and miss the exchanges in which we regularly engaged in. I look forward to ramping things up. Nonetheless, things […]

Resumes, cover letters, and catching-up with the backlog of life

May 28, 2009 by


Yes, this blog is still active… though not as active as I’d like it to be… especially after the comment made in America’s Civil War about my blogs being reflective of the “hardest blogging blogger in the Civil War blogosphere.” Reality has set in, however, and, in the wake of graduating, I spend more time […]

Taking Blogs and Bloggers seriously

May 18, 2009 by


Having seen a recent comment to a post in another blog, I just felt the need to say something. Though neither the post or the comment were focused directly on the act of blogging, the reference to blogging was made in a very negative way. Let’s just say that it’s clear that some people don’t […]

Cenantua’s Blog reviewed in America’s Civil War

May 13, 2009 by


As Harry pointed out a few days ago, this blog was reviewed by Kelvin Holland in the July issue of America’s Civil War (see page 66). It’s a flattering review and I thank Kelvin for taking the time to write it for ACW. I think he does a fine job hitting on my objectives. Thanks again Kelvin! […]

Back in the ring…

May 11, 2009 by


O.k., let me take another deep breath… and exhale… I’m back. Just trying to get the wheels turning again on this particular track, but I’m definitely feeling the need to get back to some rigorous discussions on the Civil War. Once again, I appreciate all of the supportive comments on this blog as I made […]

The difference between text in print and in the environment of Web 2.0

April 13, 2009 by


It’s tied to digital history and blogging, and I can certainly see it. Can you see the new power of texts in the digital environment? How can we use this power to improve presentation… interaction… and understanding of complex concepts? By the way, if it’s not obvious, I love this video and what it tells […]

Innovative use of video in blogging

April 7, 2009 by


Ok, this is crazy, but I’m, more or less triple posting on this subject. 1) I dropped a comment over at Michael Aubrecht’s blog about the integration of the video into his post of April 6 (yesterday)… then I… 2) made a comment on my digital rhetoric class blog about the same. Now… 3) I’m […]

Tinkering with WordPress’ new “Vigilance” theme

March 19, 2009 by


It’s not perfect… but the options are interesting. The major problem I am finding (and if you are using IE as a browser, you are noticing it as well) is that the sidebar gets bumped down on the page. If you use Firefox, it’s no big deal and looks fine. What do you think? Do […]

A noticeable slow-down here

March 6, 2009 by


It’s that time of year again… I’ve reached the middle of the semester and with the thesis due in mid-April, things are going to slow down here (and in Southern Unionists Chronicles and the rest of the micro-blogs) quite a bit until that gets completed. There will be, in all likelihood, no posts next week, […]

“A printing press in every household”

March 3, 2009 by


Of course, I’m playing on Herbert Hoover’s “a chicken in every pot” remark.  I just saw this clip and thought it was entertaining considering so many, no matter their leanings, are active in the “public sphere.” Marx would be so happy! LOL! Regretfully, I couldn’t embed this clip, but I can point you in the right direction.


February 11, 2009 by


Just days short of the one year anniversary of this blog and I’m now at post #200. I’m not too disappointed with the experience and am quite pleased with the steady increase in readership. For the month of January alone, this blog was viewed over 4,200 times (2,836 visits) as opposed to, for example, August […]

The “organic” nature of the blog

February 10, 2009 by


For an introduction to doing some housekeeping around a blog, I really liked what Past in the Present said in a post just the other day. “One of the interesting things about a blog is the fact that it’s organic. It grows along with its writer, and as you feel your way through it, you’re […]

O.K., snow has come and gone… it’s time for Spring

February 9, 2009 by


After I ranted a little about not getting snow this year (in the upper Shenandoah), it finally arrived last week. Five inches of the stuff was just enough to take the sled out, have a couple of snowball fights, and bring on the need for a great cup of hot chocolate. So, Jenny’s offer to ship some from up around […]

Glimpses of June 1862 in two of my micro-blogs

February 1, 2009 by


If you’ll take a look in the column to the left (now… Spring ’09…  after I’ve changed the framework of the blog… look to the right) where I have the RSS feeds for my four (so far) micro-blogs, I’ve posted new photos in both Shenandoah’s Civil War and More than names in stone. The photo […]

Excellent discussion about Civil War memory and some issues pertaining to the “read-write” nature of blogging

January 29, 2009 by


I know many of the readers here are actually “travelers” who frequently make their way through Kevin’s Civil War Memory blog to my blog, but for those who do not make that virtual journey, check out Kevin’s posts (with comments) from yesterday and today (and even the day before). There is some great discussion going […]

Yet another “playground”

January 28, 2009 by


I’m never satisfied with practicing history one way and one way alone. I suppose it should be obvious considering all of my micro-blogs (see the column to the left). Perhaps I’m more than a bit all over the board. Well, I’ve recently started playing a little more in another playground as well. Look to the […]

Creative Commons and the world of the Web

January 27, 2009 by


Anyone who knows my “other side” (not the Civil War-focused side, but the Web-obsessed side) knows that I’m a nut (“fanatic” sounds too scary… then again, maybe “nut” does too) when it comes to creative expression on the Web. I think I become more so with each passing day. I’m also quite obsessed with what […]

Are we limited in our perspectives in the Civil War blogosphere?

January 26, 2009 by


After reading a comment made in one of my posts from few days ago, I realized something; something that I had really not thought of before. I think it is revealing in terms of how the Web can erase racial barriers. Nonetheless, of all of those who blog in the Civil War blogosphere, who among […]

Keeping track of OUR comments elsewhere and making it part of OUR blogs

January 22, 2009 by


Just a quick note, but this is something that drives me nuts as a blogger. Blogging is, of course, far more than just writing posts, opening posts up to comments, and commenting on comments. Blogging is also about interaction within the blogosphere. I would say that most, if not all, of us venture out beyond […]

Connecting imagery to tell history

January 19, 2009 by


I just stopped by Kevin’s Civil War Memory blog, and, in today’s post, with so little, he says so much. With only one word and a few images, he has put meaning to it all by posting them at the present time. Words and imagery in context = meaning as defined by the user/viewer.  An excellent post […]

Markers, Monuments and Revisions

January 11, 2009 by


Craig “To the Sound of the Guns” Swain and I have been tossing some ideas back and forth regarding monuments and markers. Ultimately, Craig wrote a post, but opted not to include it on his blog as it doesn’t follow with the theme there. I offered to post it here, he accepted, and I’m glad […]

An image of Christmas Past… that is just as powerful today

December 24, 2008 by


Well, I think that’s about enough “trimmings.” Just want to leave you for the day with this image (one of several Civil War Christmas images in the larger collection of images from Harpers Weekly available at The Civil War). While it fits well with the Civil War theme of this blog, I think it says a […]

Account of Christmas Dancing in Page County, 1864

December 24, 2008 by


As a part of “trimming the blogs” today, over at Avenue of Armies, I just tossed in a short story of a rather busy Christmas dance circuit in Page County during the winter of 1864. The virtual snow against the black backdrop looks nice over there, though not quite as much impact as with the snow photo […]

“It’s not for eatin’, it’s just for lookin’ through”

December 18, 2008 by


Borrowing a phrase from The Outlaw Josey Wales, I’m thinking of a metaphor… in terms of blogging… specifically, I’m thinking of comment boxes in blogs. What are comment boxes for? Are they just for looking at or are they there for a reason? To me, interaction with readers is a significant part of blogging. Perhaps I should […]