My favourite history blogs

As a novice PhD student, I spend an inordinate amount of time reading, but end most days frustrated that I haven’t read more. I have trouble settling down with fiction, which was one of my favourite pastimes pre-study. Instead, my spare reading time these days is taken up with reading blogposts—there are so, so many fantastic blogs out there written by academic historians, public historians, genealogists and other students of history. The WordPress Reader is one of the most-used apps on my phone (after twitter of course!) But the problem with an over-reliance on WordPress is that I have to remind myself to seek out blogs published on other platforms.  According to an astute observer* of digital media, it’s so easy to create and publish content in the digital age, but much harder to get noticed. I’ve recently discovered History Carnival, which does a great job of drawing history blogs out into the light. History Carnival is a monthly showcase of blog writing about history, hosted by a different blog each month to provide a variety of approaches and perspectives. In a similar vein, the University of Exeter’s Imperial and Global Forum’s weekly Top Picks in Imperial & Global History and the Junto’s The Week in Early American History provide links to blogposts, as well as writing from more traditional outlets.  The Two Nerdy History Girls also regularly post collections of links to their favourite blogposts, entitled the Breakfast Links. If any readers know of any other such aggregators, please do let me know.  These collections of links do other bloggers a great service by further sharing bloggers’ work.

Courtesy of Joanne Bailey’s excellent history blog, I’ve discovered a great app called Bundlr which has allowed me to take control of my messy collection of internet bookmarks. Click here to view the bundle I’ve created for my favourite history websites. (I was going to break the bundle down into categories of history blogs, but I think that’s called procrastination as I really should get on with my work!) I hope Bundlr is here to stay…it’s an intuitive platform, and very simple to use. I hope you find some new favourite sites and writers among mine. Let me know what you think!

*my husband

Update: Bundlr contacted me today (13 May) to say that my History Bloggers Bundle is featured on their Explore homepage today. I have no idea of the exposure that page has, really, but if it garners some new readers for any of the fabulous blogs I’ve bundled, I’m happy!

4 thoughts on “My favourite history blogs

  1. McLarenJen Post author

    PS There are so many great blogs, I know I’ve left some off my list. I’m always happy to grow my repertoire of blogs though, so please share your favourite blogs with me!


  2. perkinsy

    I confronted the problem of keeping track of blogs a few years ago. I hooked up to RSS feeds and used the wonderful Google Reader to read new posts as they were published but then Google withdrew Google Reader. My reading system (and that of many others) was thrown into chaos. I have never really recovered from that. I use Delicious to file all the useful websites I come across, but of course it does not alert me to new posts as they are published. There are other RSS readers out there but I haven’t found them as good as Google Reader.

    But it comes down to the fact that I don’t have time to read the number of posts I used to. I read a lot when I first discovered digital humanities and history online after I finished my honours work a few years ago. The posts helped me to learn about digital humanities, something that was not possible to do at the time in Australia as no Australian university at the time offered courses or even showed any interest in it.

    Now I follow the bloggers I am interested in on Twitter and read posts as I come across them on Twitter. Some history bloggers are not on Twitter or I miss the tweets so in the odd spare moment I remember to check those blogs out. But at the moment I am struggling for time to keep up to date with all the good blogging out there.

    Thanks for adding my blog on your list!

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