If you blog, contributing to a group blog is definitely the way to go. You gain synergy, which is very important on the web.
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I have opted out of blogging ( I do have a website, www.lilianbarger.com) because I think that in order to get an audience you do have to address issues of the moment and for me as a historian that requires more time than the 24 hours news cycle. The public wants answers, not just analysis. I also want to write in a different mode that requires more space, time and reflection, i.e. books. I have no interest in putting my fleeting feelings and opinions out there. As someone mentioned above, nobody cares.
The blog I started two years ago falls under Jean's definition of "the blog no one reads." And I intentionally developed my blog as "the blog no one reads." It is first and foremost a blog to help develop my thoughts on various interrelated subjects in my field. It may help others with their own line of thinking about these subjects, and, if it does, then that's great. I do think, as Patrick pointed out, that a blog with lengthy historiographies can be boring. My blog currently has a sub-section that has become a lengthy historiography appearing on one page.
Hi there, I would be inclined to say that he is simply a person who makes and sells (and possibly applies) brickdust. Brickdust was used for cleaning but also to make a sort of mortar/cement. Perhaps try some very old newspapers if you have access.
I have found American Artifacts by Jules Prown and Kenneth Haltman useful for this purpose. You might check it out.
Of course, not all of the essays are equally good, but that is pedagogic ally useful as well. Jennifer Roberts' analysis of the Lava Lamp is particularly strong.
The fact that the essays all started as seminar papers can also be inspiring for students.
Check out the NY Times wedding announcements. They are not exactly "objects," but they are wonderful for thinking about changing contexts.