Today marks the one year anniversary of the first post. This also makes the start of the Civil War 151 years old. Time is flying and the sesquicentennial keeps chugging along. Through the first year of the war, we’ve seen Lincoln become president, Fort Sumter surrendered, the Union lose the battles of Bull Run, Wilson’s Creek, Ball’s Bluff and a few other scraps here and there. Generals like Grant, Lee, Jackson and Sherman were just getting their footing to soon become the legends we now remember.
There have also been some changes at CWDG over the past year. My first post, which was about the candidates, was a mere 395 words long. Now the posts contain upwards of 1,000 – 1,200 words. My researching, as well as my writing, have gotten more refined and I have a definite style now. At first, I was worried that I couldn’t maintain the rigorous schedule of researching and writing, but I’ve been able to neatly fit the three hours each day that it takes to complete a post into my routine.1
The support that I’ve gotten has stunned me. People are purchasing books from my Amazon Wish List and even making donations to keep me going. I’m amazed that there are folks out there that would do that. For those that have done both, I cannot thank you enough.
In moving onto the second year of production, I’m always interested in ways to make the blog better. I’ve already incorporated several suggestions into the site and am very open to new ideas. I’m having a blast doing this and hope you’re have a good time too.
In a fine one-year anniversary celebration, Sarah and I made some wonderful cupcakes (if you haven’t noticed). Turns out that Civil War blogging skills are not automatically transferable to cupcake decorating.
Nevertheless, these cupcakes were quite tasty and from scratch. The recipe is from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. It’s a great book with some to-die-for recipes.
- For those interested, I get off work at 1pm and write until about 4pm. Then at night, I do a revision of the writing that posts the next day. On weekends, I’m up by 5am to pitch into it again. Usually my cat, Juniper Pürrito, joins me, sitting upon my lap or keyboard while I type. [↩]