The Blogging World Just Got a Little More Bad Ass


The Honey Badger

A big welcome to my good friend, Megan Kate Nelson, who earlier today unveiled her website, Historista. Megan has been talking for some time about diving into the blogosphere and given her recent career move now is the perfect time. In her inaugural post Megan explores some creepy connections between two books with the same title, one about John Brown and the other about vampires. Check it out. I couldn’t be happier that Megan has made this move. She is a dynamite writer and has a wonderful sense of humor. Congratulations, Megan!

Earlier this year Megan and I edited a special issue of the online journal Common-place on the Civil War 150th. Check it out if you haven’t done so already. And if you want a bit more insight into Megan’s personality check out this short video.

In recent weeks I’ve read a number of predictions that we are seeing the end of blogging. I can’t help but chuckle in response. If there is a decline or we are at the precipice of a sharp fall in interest I haven’t noticed it. Ultimately, the only question that matters is whether you are offering compelling content on your website. If so, they will come.


Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History

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5 comments… add one
  • Mike Rogers Jun 30, 2014 @ 14:28

    In my opinion, the more good blogs we have the better (although Pete Carmichael might disagree). Looking forward to the dueling Massachusetts bloggers — I really think you need to go the vampire route, Kevin.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 30, 2014 @ 14:42

      Hi Mike,

      I completely agree, though I don’t think that Pete is anti-blog. After all, CWI utilizes all kinds of social media, including blogs to connect with the world. Pete likes to provoke. Don’t hold your breadth for the vampire posts. 🙂

  • Linda Niesen Jun 30, 2014 @ 12:11

    EXcellent I enjoy hearing her in Gettysburg at the CWI. She’s great. I talked several people into purchasing her book as we were perusing the bookstore at the Lincoln home in Springfield a few days ago.

  • megankatenelson Jun 30, 2014 @ 7:38

    Thanks, Kevin–I am delighted to be joining you and the other fine historians who are bringing a Honey Badger-esque fierceness to the blogosphere! I certainly hope the end of blogging is not upon us–unless I bring it about myself. #boom

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