I fully intended to spend Fridays here on the Margins continuing the themes of Women’s History Month. I have stories to tell you, a book to review, and a tough question to “wrassle” with. But earlier in the week it dawned on me that another, smaller celebration is on the horizon—and I’m hoping you’ll help me with part of it.
History in the Margins turns ten in May. I published my first blog post on May 11, 2011. It was a short essay titled “Why Another History Blog?” No one called my bluff, so I kept going. I’ve blogged more or less twice a week every since. (There was a rough patch in 2012 when I was writing a book on short deadline* and handout yet figured out how to blog and write a book at the same time.)
That’s roughly 1000 blog posts in the last ten years. As part of celebrating this ten-year-long conversation with you, I’m putting together a collection of the top ten posts to share with you. I have some ideas about what belongs on this list, but I’d like some input from you. If there is a post you think should be on that list—one that stuck with you because of the topic or the language or a new idea or no reason in particular—let me know.
* I wrote Mankind, the history of the world from the Big Bang on, in five months. It almost killed me.
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On Monday, it’s back to Women’s History Month, with Three Questions and an Answer with the people behind The Dead Ladies’ Show—a live show and podcast about women who did fabulous things when they were alive. I’m a fan. I hope you will be, too.
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If you’re interested in the process of writing and thinking about history, you might enjoy my newsletter, which comes out roughly every two weeks. The content is totally different from History in the Margins. In recent issues I’ve discussed cliffhangers, the odd experience of reading history “in real time” in the form of old newspapers, the question of “first-naming” the subject of a biography, and the artificial nature of the way we divide the past into historical periods. If that sounds like your slice of gingerbread, you can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/dIft-b. (When you subscribe, you’ll get a link for a very cool downloadable timeline of the Roman emperors and the women who fought against them or supported them, which I created with the people behind The Exploress podcast.)