Monday, 11 February 2013

A (private) anniversary worth celebrating?

Well, with all this talk on the blogosphere in the last few days about historical commemorations and celebrations, it almost escaped my attention that we here at Everyday History (ok, just me) have our own anniversary.

This past weekend marked the one year anniversary of the blog. From my own standpoint, amidst the annual February run of chest infections, ear infections and children who equate going to daycare with being sent to Van Diemen's Land, it is (again, for me) something to celebrate.

In case you missed it, the very first blog post was on Downtown Abbey and historian Simon Schama's surly chastisement of what he saw as the American public's naive stately-home envy.   (Alas, I may have spoken too soon back then - my wife has come to call Season Three 'Downhill Abbey').

According to the numbers, these were the most interesting (or most read) posts:

'The Glorious Promise of Transnational History'

'Holy F#$! Library and Archives Canada' (not an especially interesting post- but apparently if you sort of swear, people will read!)

'Christopher Moore's History News' (really about the Extraordinary Canadians series from Penguin)

'Guy Gavriel Kay: Great Historian?'

'Why Can't I walk Across Farmers' Fields?'

Personally, my won favourite posts have to do with the robo-call scandal (here and here) - mostly because I think this stuff really matters now.

And I suppose my favourite (because you really do need to look up the stand-up of Mark Little online) is 'History Makes You Funny'


  1. Congratulations on your first anniversary! Really enjoying reading these posts.
    Stephen Bocking

  2. Thanks Stephen. Much appreciated. Perhaps I can start counting my birthdays via the blog from this point forward - and forget about my own personal doomsday clock.

  3. Happy Blog Birthday! I look forward to another year of thoughtful (and often provocative) Everyday posts.

    Best wishes,


  4. Thanks Jerry. As for provocative - check out today's post about Terry Glavin's column in the Ottawa Citizen.