While my blogging passion is history, the how-to steps that I use to enhance my posts are useful to anybody who wants to blog on current events, too. This is for those posts that use the work of others. These kind of posts are important to spread the word as widely as possible.
The important difference between my history blogging of this type and commentators on current events is that while I want to bring attention to historians who are long dead and whose work is in the public domain, for current events, you should always obtain the author’s permission to use his work and then link back to him.
Alright, here’s my list. This is just the list; I expand on it in my essay here.
Writing your own is hard work; serializing another’s is hard, too. Here’s what’s involved.
I. Selection: an important event or topic; an important historian who wrote about that; what part of that historian’s book to use
II. Getting text ready for use.
III. Footnotes: putting them at the bottom of the page or at the end of the book is so last 20th. century.
IV. Assigning Categories, Tags (for WordPress), or Labels (for Blogger).
VI. Extra information gathered.
VII. Graphic images.
VIII. More information offered for the reader who wants to pursue the topic in greater depth.
IX. The template.
X. 5 minute stories.
XI. Output Files.
XII. Inserting into the blog.
XIII. Post-production navigation issues.
Serializing works from the great historians of the past may seem easy. Judge for yourself. Amid all of the fake history of the left, we need to remember our heritage. My purpose in doing these kind of posts is to make that easier and more accessible to the general public.
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