Kudos to PhDinHistory for relaunching his blog (at a new address; please refresh your RSS subscriptions). It clearly took a lot of guts and I look forward to many more insightful posts from this vibrant blogger and budding academic. I have no doubt that his site will be the locus for interesting, contentious discussion, and … Continue reading PhDinHistory Is Back!
PhDinHistory, we hardly knew ye. A blogger who came out of nowhere to write interesting, thorough analyses of the state of academia and trends in history, captured my attention from the first post and eventually garnered a much wider audience. Then suddenly, this weekend, PhDinHistory deleted his or her WordPress account. No goodbye post and … Continue reading The Perils of Anonymity
One seemingly minor aspect of blogs I failed to consider carefully when I programmed this site was the composition of its feed. (Frankly, I was more concerned with the merely technical question of how to write code that spits out a valid RSS or Atom feed.) Looking at a lot of blogs and their feeds, … Continue reading Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 8: Full Feeds vs. Partial Feeds
Evidently quite a few things. In the past few years, tags have been attached to virtually everything, from web links to photos to bars. The University of Pennsylvania has recently introduced a way for those on campus to tag items in their online catalog, Franklin. With the arrival of the Zotero server this year, it … Continue reading Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 7: Tags, What Are They Good For?
Well, it's been over a year since I started this blog with a mix of trepidation, ambivalence, and faint praise for the genre—not exactly promising stuff—and so it's with a mixture of relief and a smidgen of smug self-satisfaction that I'm writing this post. I'm extremely glad that I started this blog last fall and … Continue reading Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 6: One Year Later
With a new school year about to begin, I want to reach out to other professors (and professors-to-be, i.e., graduate students) to try to convince more of them to start their own blogs. It's the perfect time to start a blog, and many of the reasons academics state for not having a blog are, I … Continue reading Professors, Start Your Blogs
In prior posts in this series (1, 2, 3, and 4), I described with some glee my rash abandonment of common blogging software in favor of writing my own. For my purposes there seemed to be some key disadvantages to these popular packages, including an overemphasis on the calendar (I just saw the definition of … Continue reading Creating a Blog from Scratch, Part 5: What is XHTML, and Why Should I Care?