This week marks the eighth anniversary of Civil War Memory. I’ve been blogging for so long and it has become such a regular part of my daily routine that I have trouble remembering the time before.
No doubt there is an intrinsic value to blogging that can be found in the act of writing, the content itself and the rich conversations that often follow. But if spending time away from the classroom for close to two years after moving to Boston in 2011 taught me anything it’s that my passion for history is primarily social in nature. The social in social media only gets you so far.
What happens on this site is of great value, but in my more reflective moments what stands out more than anything else are the people that I’ve had had the opportunity to meet in person over the past few years through Civil War Memory. These are folks that I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with professionally, who I’ve gotten to know personally, and who push me to be a better historian and teacher.
Much of the success that I’ve enjoyed professionally since I started blogging is the result of the kindness of others and the many friendships that have evolved. I don’t take any of it for granted.
As always, thanks to all of you for making Civil War Memory part of your historical universe.