End of Year Reflections 2013: Benefits of Blogging

PLEASE CHECK BACK ON MONDAY FOR THE UNCOMMONPLACE BOOK READERS’ SURVEY. New Year Ahead2013 proved to be a busy and important year for me personally and professionally.

On the personal side, I have made my home in Boston. This involved moving into a new home, adjusting to urban life, and finding my place in the Boston community.

On the professional side, I not only had a productive and prolific year as a scholar, but I found my post-academic career path and committed to it.

Who am I professionally? I am a historian and a writer.

Specifically, I am a historian who bridges the gap between the academic and public/popular historical worlds through my writing.

What does my realization mean for this blog?

My professional realization and commitment won't change the content on Uncommonplace Book.

If anything, my realization should make Uncommonplace Book an even more practical resource for historians and writers.

In 2014, you can expect to see more “how to” posts.


Directions for Uncommonplace Book: A blog about history and writing in the 21st century

When I started blogging, I knew I wanted to be a historian, but I did not know how I wanted to pursue my work or support it financially.

Blogging has helped me figure it out.

I plan to support my historical research with my writing and my ever-growing body of accumulated knowledge.


Think BigIdeas for Future Posts

I have several projects in development that will inspire posts in 2014.

Dissertation-to-Book Revision: Early in the New Year, I will start revising my dissertation into a book. I wrote a book proposal that has been well-received, but I need to revise at least 4 chapters before I can shop my book around for a publishing contract.

Consulting Business: I plan to launch my consulting business-- Missing Advisor, A Writer’s Guide to Platform and Organization-- as soon as I finish polishing the content for my website.

I have spent years learning about and building a writer platform. I also have more than 10 years of experience keeping all of my research and writing notes organized.

Over the last year, I have found that there is a market for my accumulated knowledge. Many writers have asked me to help them get organized or master the art of social media. My Missing Advisor consulting business will help serve this market.

Freelance Writing: In 2013, I dabbled in pitching and selling articles as a freelance writer. In 2014, I plan to write more articles for pay. This goal will prove an interesting challenge as I will need to balance my freelance writing with my book writing.

Podcasts: I have 2 ideas for podcasts about history and the historian’s craft. These podcasts are long-term projects, but ones that I hope will help me expand my writer’s platform and create more helpful content for you.

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Help Shape Next Year's Content

Thanks to your tweets, comments, and emails, I know that Uncommonplace Book is a practical resource for historians and writers.

I would love to know how I can help you further.

What is the #1 challenge that you face as a historian or writer?

How can I help you with your projects in 2014?