I followed quite a few blogs this semester and it ran quite the gamut – some updated almost not at all, some updated with almost daily frequency – but with only pretty pictures and not with any contextual commentary that would have made the images/new scans/etc. so much more interesting, and some ended up being solid blogs though not quite to my interest. That being said, there were a few I came to enjoy, two of which I will discuss below:
History of American Women updated about 3 times each month with a not-too-short but also not-too-long post giving a quick overview about a woman in American history. None of the women featured were people I had heard of before, and they came from a variety of time periods – from the colonial period through the 19th century. These were definitely more of overview posts, and the blogger often cited Wikipedia as a source for her information. I would say that these posts will not give you an in depth knowledge about each woman and her historical context, but they do provide a great introduction to a variety of women you may have been unfamiliar with before. I can see this blog appealing to primarily amateur history enthusiasts, but a more “serious” historian could certainly use it as a jumping off point from which to inspire further reading on one of the women covered.
History@Work is a blog run by the National Council on Public History’s Digital Media Group. The blog updates multiple times per week, is “lightly peer-edited,” and provides thoughtful commentary on a variety of topics relating to public history and museums. Some of my favorite recent posts include “Jack the Ripper Museum,” which discussed the controversy of a switcheroo that occurred when a proposed women’s history museum essentially turned into a museum capitalizing on one of the most notorious incidents of violence against women, and “Public history and the campus anti-racism protests,” which considered what skills public historians can bring to discussions about race and racism, as well as grappling with the particular situation of public historians who work at universities. I would imagine this blog is primarily of interest for public historians and history museum professionals.