Hello dear readers, I just wanted to pop in and let you know about some changes that I’ll be making.
Over the past couple of weeks, researching and writing the CWDG has become a mentally exhausting chore from hell. I attribute this to the fact that I was in the midst of the Maryland Campaign. As many of you know, I’m a little over four months ahead of the game. So over the past two months, I covered the Seven Days Battles, the Northern Virginia Campaign, the Maryland Campaign, plus the Kentucky Invasion and the Iuka Campaign in the West.
Keeping up with the blog the way I have been has become completely unsustainable. I put three or more hours of research and writing into this each day and that wears on me. At the end of last week, I basically decided to stop. I was going to pick an event (maybe the canning of McClellan or the release of the Emancipation Proclamation) and wrap it all up.
But the more I thought about it, the more I didn’t want to do that. With some encouragement from my friends (especially Ryan), I’m going to do my best to tramp on.
This will mean, however, some changes.
First, my posts are meticulously annotated. I love that I do this, but it takes quite along time. What I’ve decided to do is list the sources at the end of the post, similar to the way that the New York Times guy doing the Civil War posts does. As for the Official Records, I’d still like to give the specific volume and page numbers.
Second, I’ve noticed that readership on weekends is less than half of what it is on weekdays. I’ve also noticed that most of the people who skip posts on the weekends don’t read them on Monday. In light of that, I believe I’m going to scale back on posts that will appear on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. I’ll give a brief overview, of course, but will try to keep it under 400ish words (posts lately range from 1,000-1,300 words).
Lastly, I’ll probably be scaling back posts in general, especially when it comes to details. I love details. Growing up near Gettysburg, I’ve discovered that I wasn’t really interested in the Civil War as much as I was obsessed with Gettysburg. My favorite spot on the battlefield was Neil Avenue, my favorite action was the Battle of Hunterstown, followed by whatever was going on at Powell’s and Wolf’s Hills.
Details are my bread and butter. For example, I spent nearly thirty minutes trying to research whether Sterling Price actually wept on the battlefield at Iuka, or whether he did so after. This is ridiculous. Personally, I blame battlefield guides like Gary Adelman and Tim Smith and their obsession with minuscule and completely unimportant details that are, for me, endlessly fascinating and exciting.
Details are interesting (I’ve heard the Devil lives there). And so hopefully readers pitch some in via the comments section.
Though I’ll be making these changes now, you won’t actually see them for another four months.
This will hopefully give me some time to do other things, such as keep up with my other blog Hey I’m Over Here – a travel and photography blog that I do with Sarah about our treks around Washington and Oregon. There’s plenty of history here if you know where to look.
Thanks again for reading, commenting and supporting this overwhelming project of mine. I really appreciate it.