Friday, July 16, 2010

99th Post here at the Obsession

Well, after about 13 months in the blogosphere, I've reached my "post before my 100th post," and though 100 seems like the bigger milestone, I thought now would be a good time to do a "state of the Obsession" entry.

When I started this little experiment, I had no idea  how it would go or what I would get out of it, but I must admit I've really enjoyed it. It is difficult at times to find material to post, and the time to post it, and I have not quite posted the kind of opinions and thoughts that I originally believed I might, but it has been a good learning experience.

When I started this, I thought I would enter all kinds of original opinions, observations and thoughts about the war and, at the start, I did. Since then, I've started adding a lot more reprints of various pieces I've found in old books, newspapers or ephemera, and have added a few book reviews as well, but not as much original opinion, analysis or insight.

The time I started blogging was also about the same time I started reading various Civil War blogs, and that has been quite an eye-opener. I see some very well-written, thoroughly-researched articles and entries, and several bloggers I have found offer really detailed and informative analysis of various subjects related to the Civil War. There really is quite a lot to learn just from the blogs.

I'm not convinced I can offer the type of insight that many other fellow bloggers do, but I plan to keep trying to find something new or interesting to post. I hope I can average at least one entry per week, though more would be ideal, but I think the direction my blog has headed in recent months is one I like and will try to continue to follow, with a mixture of book reviews, discussions of recent articles, re-printing older articles, poems or stories, and I'd like to add some more original type of material as well.

I will see where this continuing experiment takes me, but I've really enjoyed it so far. By starting this blog, I have found some very enjoyable blogs to follow and discovered new ways to learn about this fascinating period of time. I hope that in some small way I can contribute something unique to the world of Civil War study, as I continue to explore my Civil War Obsession.

Thanks for indulging me in this perhaps self-congratulatory post.

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