The History Blog’s Tin Anniversary

Ten years ago today, I wrote the first post on The History Blog. It was a more innocent time then, a time when a crappy thumbnail picture was good enough for me, when a post could consist of little more than a link and a blockquote, sometimes two threadbare posts a day, more often with days-long gaps between them, when it hadn’t yet occurred to me that people might actually be interested in reading about the deep background stuff and the leaps and tangents that often sucked up entire weekends of my time. And so, after a grand total of 21 posts including the introduction, I meandered off somewhere and The History Blog fell fallow like so many blogs before and since.

I did have the decency to feel guilty about it, but that only served to keep me away longer because the more time passed, the worse I felt about abandoning the project and the worse I felt, the more I shrank from returning. A year and a half would pass before I finally got my act together and started posting again. This time I told myself I had to post daily, to make a real committment to produce content on a reliable schedule. If I still had readers after so long an absence, then by Odin I was going to give them something to read.

I’ve (almost) held to that committment ever since. There was a little three month radio silence relapse in the Spring of 2009, but other than that, the history nerddom has flowed like wine up in here. Over time I have developed several new obsessions y’all might recognize, most notably an insatiable greed for high resolution images, linking to any relevant source I can find, wandering around to barely related topics, and appreciating the more salacious or disgusting parts of any given story. Also poop. Poop is just the best. Note to self: it’s been way too long since I posted a poop story.

Thank you for bearing with my idiosyncracies all these years. Now onto the next decade!

:thanks: :love: :chicken: :love: :thanks:

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Comment by David Emery
2016-06-02 14:33:21

I don’t read every post, but I learn a lot from every post I read.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-02 16:20:06

Hey, if I didn’t write them, I wouldn’t read every one either. ;)

 
 
Comment by Peter Saal
2016-06-02 14:38:15

Your posts are always interesting!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-02 16:20:26

Thank you for sharing my interests!

 
 
Comment by Valerie Kellogg
2016-06-02 14:40:46

Carry on, Livius! I avidly read your posts and look forward to peering closely at the high-res images. Fascinating stuff. Yes, I’m a nerd, too. :thanks:

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-02 16:21:31

Lo, we are legion. And if it ain’t high-res, it’s just a tease.

 
 
Comment by Carol
2016-06-02 14:44:06

Congratulations, and thank you!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-02 16:22:21

Thank you for reading!

 
 
Comment by Emily
2016-06-02 14:47:56

For all of us nerds, you are a dream! Congratulations, and many thanks!
Emily

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-02 16:23:20

Thank you for your enthusiasm!

 
 
Comment by Dan Warnock
2016-06-02 15:19:02

You had me with the high resolution pics!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-02 16:24:17

I don’t even recognize myself 10 years ago. It’s high res or NOTHING, by gum.

 
 
Comment by John Cooper
2016-06-02 15:42:09

Still my favorite blog bar none! Thank you, Livius!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-02 16:25:11

Thank you, John! I’m proud I still rank on the short list. :)

 
 
Comment by catharina Botermans
2016-06-02 15:49:22

Any tips for a newbie?

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-02 16:28:41

I think the hardest lesson I learned was to be consistent. If people can rely on new content from you at regular intervals, they’ll keep reading. Besides that, stick to subjects you would babble about in your free time to your most endlessly patient friends and family. They may be bored silly, but plenty of internet denizens won’t be.

Good luck to you! You’ve made a great start already. :yes:

 
 
Comment by Alf Wirth
2016-06-02 15:54:13

It’s a joy to read your notes–THANK YOU!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-02 16:29:13

Thank you, Alf! I’ll keep writing if you keep reading. :D

 
 
Comment by catharina Botermans
2016-06-02 16:32:58

Thank you for your reply!

 
Comment by Shannon
2016-06-02 17:04:16

I love your blog and wish you many congratulations and thanks for keeping it up!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 12:57:44

Thank you kindly for the love. :love:

 
 
Comment by Shannon
2016-06-02 17:06:01

By the way, is your real name Livius Drusus? If so, how did you acquire it? That could be a post of more recent history….

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 12:59:06

That would give me exceptional nerd cred, but alas, it’s a pseudonym. I used it when I made my first email account (Hotmail, 1995) and have been using it online ever since.

 
 
Comment by Sandy
2016-06-02 17:22:26

Happy anniversary, Liv!!! Many more of the same.

Here is my gift to you; something you can use when you visit those all-important history digs.

http://www.amazon.com/Volkswagen-antique-finish-camper-Interior/dp/B018YU72GW/ref=sr_1_41?ie=UTF8&qid=1464902210&sr=8-41&keywords=antique+tin+toys

Enjoy!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 13:02:10

:lol: Oh man, the striped awning, the luggage racks, the luggage! It even has the appropriate amount of dirt caked deep into the paint job. That SLAYS ME.

 
 
Comment by Kat
2016-06-02 17:36:14

Bravo. It takes a lot of discipline to keep one of these things going. On the stories which manage to hit the mainstream media, I always look forward to comparing with your thorough coverage and terrific images – and laughing at what they got wrong or left out.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 13:03:11

I’m too am amazed sometimes by the things the mainstream press focuses on or repeats uncritically. Clearly more history nerds need to take up journalism.

 
 
Comment by beck
2016-06-02 18:16:56

everyday, man, everyday! Thanks!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 13:03:39

You’re very welcome!

 
 
Comment by Maximus Communis Simplex
2016-06-02 18:17:26

Quidquid ex Livio amamus, quidquid mirati sumus, manet mansurumque est in animis hominum in aeternitate temporum, fama rerum; nam multos ceterum velut inglorios et ignobilis oblivio obruit.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:46:52

Agricola, eat your heart out! :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

 
 
Comment by GoryDetails
2016-06-02 18:23:28

Happy anniversary! And thanks for persisting; yours is among my favorite blogs of all time!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:50:45

Thank you for being such a long-time reader! Whenever I see an incoming link from Bookcrossing, I know it’s thanks to you. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by dearieme
2016-06-02 18:40:28

Thank you, and keep up the good work.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:51:52

I will do my utmost. Thank you for reading and commenting. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Cornmeal
2016-06-02 18:56:45

Congrats! Love the work you’re doing.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:53:20

Thank you! I love doing it. :)

 
 
Comment by Karlsdottir
2016-06-02 18:57:34

I used to visit occasionally. Then I got obsessed with the prehistoric migrations of humans. I read every ancient post. Now I’m hooked. You have the highest standards out there. Thank you!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:55:31

If there’s anything better than developing a new history obsession, I don’t know what it is. Writing this blog has opened up all kinds of areas I never thought much about before, not even in college. Thank you for the high praise, and for all the reading and commenting too! :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Luke Ford
2016-06-02 19:05:46

Congratulations. Your writing is beautiful, the depth of research amazing. Your blog is an important part of my daily routine. Not knowing your nationality, gender, occupation, etc does certainly add to your mystery!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:57:46

I don’t mean to be mysterious. I just like to focus on the topic is all. There are a billion blogs out there where people talk about themselves ad nauseam. You shall know me by my history obsessions. ;)

Thank you for the kind words! :thanks:

 
 
Comment by William Justice of Oxford, MS
2016-06-02 19:38:11

Laudem Livius!
I cannot express how appreciative I am of your efforts. As a student of archaeology and a history buff, there is no better internet site than yours for feeding my knowledge beast within. I look forward to, and read carefully, each post. And may I add, your wordsmithery skills are ne plus ultra.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 17:02:51

Oh, this old turn of phrase? I just found it in the back of my closet and threw it on. ;) Thank you kindly, William. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Rich
2016-06-02 19:40:30

Congratulations!

An “every day” reader since I discovered your blog.

If you take a few days or even weeks off I’m glad because even though I miss a pleasant part of my day, I don’t want you to “burn out”.

The stories and your commentary are appreciated much more than you know.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 17:06:56

I did take those two sick days back in January, but those were some truly dire circumstances. I’m too paranoid that I’ll get out of the habit if I take a week off, and it took a loooong time to develop the habit in the first place. I’ll tell you what, I promise that if I’m feeling burned out, I’ll appoint one or more of y’all my guest bloggers and take a real vacation. Deal?

Thank you! :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Cheryl
2016-06-02 20:37:33

I can’t even remember how many years I’ve been coming here every day. No other blog has ever held my interest for so long – not even close! I now have my Dad hooked on your blog, too!

I love your writing style and hope you have the desire to keep on doing this for a long time to come!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 17:12:49

The family that history nerds together, stays together. I’m delighted to have held your attention so long and now your father’s too. The best is yet to come! :thanks:

 
 
Comment by debitor serf
2016-06-02 20:53:35

keep up the good work. what kind of traffic do you get, if you’re willing to share?

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 17:14:39

I get about 5,000 unique views a day, although that plummets on the weekend. So many naughty readers blowing off school and work to read The History Blog. :giggle:

 
 
Comment by Jaystuw
2016-06-02 21:08:43

The internet is a vast information highway with routes to every imaginable location. The paths available are endless. and yet every cyber journey for me starts with a visit to the History blog.
Luke Fords comment sums up my thoughts as well.Thanks for the hard work Livius Drusus, Your thoughtful and clever write ups are always a treat!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 13:07:07

Thank you, Jaystuw. May all your stops along the way be entertaining, interesting and inspiring. :yes:

 
 
Comment by C. A.
2016-06-02 21:50:07

Happy Anniversary!

Thank you for being a bright spot in my life. Never doubt that you have had an impact and that it’s been a good one.

I am supremely grateful for your generosity and enthusiasm. thehistoryblog.com is a part of my daily life and I thank you, Livius Drusus.

Here’s to the next ten years!

C. A.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 13:07:47

I’ll drink to that! Thank you for your years of loyal readership, C.A. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Elisabeth Kelly
2016-06-02 22:24:45

:hattip: I’m a big fan and have enjoyed stopping in daily for several years now! Thanks so much and congratulations on the anniversary. May there be many more to follow.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 13:08:56

As long as there’s life in these limbs or, failing that, voice recognition software, there will be a History Blog. Thank you, Elisabeth! :)

 
 
Comment by Ambrosius
2016-06-02 22:25:13

Thank you for all the hard work you put in to not only entertain but truly educate us. Your in depth research is really appreciated in an often superficial world, thank you for giving us your time and sharing your passion.

:notworthy:

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 13:11:14

Thank you, Ambrosius. When I started out, I thought of myself as a new aggregator. Now there are tons of those and they’re mainly terrible. I’m very glad I took a more in-depth path, and I have readers like you to thank for it. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Jim
2016-06-02 22:32:13

Shortcut-on-desktop-worthy poop on early stuff.
Friends always impressed.
Gratefully, Jim

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 13:12:02

Wow, that’s high praise indeed. I am obsessive about desktop clutter, so thank you very much!

 
 
Comment by Audrey Burtrum-Stanley
2016-06-03 00:01:14

Yours is a terrific read. Who knew reading about some funky ditch and a nearby well-thing on the banks of a Mid-East river could be fascinating! Dang — this takes talent – theirs in the doing AND yours in composing the tale-of-all-this in a manner worthy of sharing with many, many others… Good for you!

If someone wanted to send you material or a suggestion for a blog-story, where should it be sent…or do you even want the POOP…er…ah…information?

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 13:15:42

Oh, I love getting information, even when it’s not about poop (but especially when it’s about poop ;) ). Click on the Contact Me link to send me an email. Some of my favorite posts have been the result of hot tips from readers.

 
 
Comment by Earl
2016-06-03 00:05:20

Thank you for your work. Retired engineer here, but learning that I really love history. From your blog, I have learned so much.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 14:16:33

History and engineering come together in the most fascinating ways. I wish I could borrow your brain, education and experience when I’m reading about things like the construction of the Cloaca Maxima. Welcome to history nerddom!

 
 
Comment by John O.
2016-06-03 00:10:04

I no longer remember how I ended up here~ but it has become one of (only)a handful->my absolute regular stops for learning!
Ransacked all the archives long ago, and truly appreciate the detail you put into your posts- all of them!
Many, Many Thanks! You can do no wrong:)
Sincerely!
John O:)

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 15:26:25

Except for the typos. (I originally wrote “typis” just now, believe it or not!) I’m delighted you made your way here, however you managed it. :boogie:

 
 
Comment by serial k
2016-06-03 00:11:33

Poop? Don’t you mean coprolite?

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 15:28:22

Coprolites will do in a pinch, by I prefer my archaeological feces unmineralized. They preserve so much great stuff.

 
 
Comment by BarbS.
2016-06-03 00:58:17

Your dedication and love for history is truly a blessing to all of us who can’t wait to read and learn about the next amazing discovery with your brilliant detailed writing skills!!!!! You are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 15:29:58

Thank you so much, Barb. To another 10 years of amazing discoveries! :thanks:

 
 
Comment by JR
2016-06-03 01:36:16

I’ve discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago by random googling. So I’m happy (if somewhat queasy) to have a backlog of 10 years to read through. Thank you :notworthy:

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 17:15:51

Some of my best stories have been the result of random Googling. If you want to work up to it, start in the beginning and go forward in time. You’ll get through the first year in a matter of minutes. :giggle:
Thank you for finding me! :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Pamela Weeks
2016-06-03 03:09:09

Thank you. Nothing more complicated than thank you for the sheer joy and pleasure of your efforts to keep us up on the happenings in history.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 17:28:07

Thank you, Pamela. I thought of you when I posted about Joe the Quilter. :)

 
 
Comment by rita Roberts
2016-06-03 03:26:52

Hi Livias. I follow and read your blog avidly with much interest. The standard of your posts are sheer perfection. I am guilty of sharing your posts with twitter and sometimes Linkedin for the simple fact I feel that others are surely interested in your subject posts as I am. They are always top notch. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to more of your wonderful stories.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 17:41:09

Thank you, Rita. I always enjoy your comments and am so pleased that you share my posts with others. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Dina
2016-06-03 04:00:46

Mazal tov on TEN good years! I hope you will never stop blogging. Thank you for all you have taught us over the years.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 17:43:18

Dina! Oh my gosh, it’s been ages! Such a pleasure to see your words on this happy occasion. Your 10th anniversary should be coming up in just a couple of years, right?

 
 
Comment by Jeús Saz
2016-06-03 04:11:05

I read the blog every day. First thing I do. Thank you very much for these years.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 17:44:38

Thank you for making the blog your first read of the day for so many years. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by PARGP
2016-06-03 04:26:55

Greetings from Portugal!

Congratulations! Reading your daily post is now one of the best parts of my daily routine! Keep up the excellent work for many many years!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 17:46:54

Thank you, PARGP! I had the good fortune to visit Lisbon once and even though I had a terrible cold the whole week, I had a wonderful time. Even the earthquake couldn’t break Lisbon. :boogie:

 
 
Comment by Martina
2016-06-03 04:35:14

Congratulations!
It’s always a pleasure to visit your blog.

I’m wondering how you find the time to research and write such interesting substantial posts on a daily basis.

(I would like to mention only one small issue concerning the indication of your image sources:
the reference only appears when the mouse pointer lays over the image. As this is not possible with every device (e.g. tablets) this is a little bit delicate concerning correct proof of copyrights etc. because some people/institutions consider this form of indication not being enough.)

I wish you all the best for the next ten (and hopefully more) years!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 17:51:25

I basically spend all my free time on it, to tell you the truth. Not every last minute, of course, but a large proportion of it. I would do a great deal of the reading even if I didn’t have a blog, because I’m just that much of a history nerd. ;)

I know the hovertext credit is not a great solution, but I just don’t have room for captions under the thumbnails.Thankfully, most of the sources have been fine with the hovertext, but sometimes they require a caption in which case I use the whole width of the column for the image. It’s inconvenient and aesthetically displeasing to me. When I upgrade the site, I will widen the column and have proper captions, maybe even image credit footnotes, if I can swing the tech.

Thank you! :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Kris
2016-06-03 04:49:39

Thank you – I check in every day and always learn something new. The variety of subjects and quality of your writing are superb. Thanks again!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 17:53:56

Thank you, Kris. There’s such a wealth of history topics to write about, the variety can only increase. :)

 
 
Comment by drive-by music guy
2016-06-03 05:07:49

Many happy nostoi!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:42:19

:lol: Now where’s that Hallmark card when you need it? Thank you!

 
 
Comment by Virginia Burton
2016-06-03 05:40:05

I’m still amazed that you give all of us so much pleasure for free! I wish you had a Donate button.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 17:55:35

That’s another thing I’ll get to when I upgrade the site. The current theme is so old and crotchety I can’t add a donate option without causing problems. It’s good to know you’ll press it when I finally have one, though. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Barp
2016-06-03 06:45:14

Thank-you for the commitment you’ve made to the blog! Reading it has become part of my morning ritual.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 15:32:54

Now I can say people read my blog “for ritual purposes” just like every archaeologist who finds an artifact whose purpose is unclear. :D

 
 
Comment by Gene Bourg
2016-06-03 06:53:03

Congratulations on this milestone.
I wouldn’t miss a post for anything. It’s one of the first sites I check every morning.
Long live History Blog!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 15:34:18

Thank you for choosing The History Blog as part of your daily internet ablutions. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Michael Kavanaugh
2016-06-03 07:32:48

I read your posts and learn something interesting every day. Many thanks! Through your blog I also discovered BENSOZIA – another excellent daily read.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 15:37:05

Oh cool! John is a genius. :yes:

 
 
Comment by Leni Winter
2016-06-03 08:01:40

Thank you for persevering and enriching all our lives. You are the best!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 15:38:35

Thank you kindly! The enrichment goes both ways, believe me. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by MW
2016-06-03 08:29:27

Thanks for the blog, it’s always fascinating. I look forward to many more years of posts.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 15:38:57

As do I. Many thanks for reading!

 
 
Comment by Wendy Reed
2016-06-03 09:07:07

I don’t always comment, but I always enjoy the read. Thank you for posting your labors of love.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 15:40:56

Thank you for reading with enjoyment, whether you comment or not. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by JoanP
2016-06-03 09:33:33

Hurrah for “history nerddom”! I love this blog; it’s one of the very few sites I try to visit everyday. (And a welcome relief it is from one of my other favorites, an Illinois political blog – so you can imagine!)

Congratulations on your anniversary. I’d suggest champagne, but perhaps a Sumerian beer would be more appropriate.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 15:46:25

Oh lawds, you have a stronger stomach than I, Gunga Din. And I don’t mean the Sumerian beer either. Politics may get me down these days, but ancient alcohol always hit the spot. :)

 
 
Comment by raymond
2016-06-03 10:03:23

With you daily…thanks for doing all the hard work for us lazy slobs.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 15:49:27

Going down historical rabbit holes and reporting back is a genuine pleasure for me. You go right ahead and kick back, raymond. :cool:

 
 
Comment by Clay
2016-06-03 10:06:47

Thanks for all your work and all the great stories. My day can’t properly begin without a visit here to learn something new about history and archaeology!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 15:52:17

It’s the breakfast of history nerd champions! :giggle: Thank you, Clay.

 
 
Comment by Sarah Morgan
2016-06-03 10:26:06

Many happy returns of the day, especially for your loyal readers :cool:

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 15:55:55

The loyal readers brought me back in the old days, and today they keep me motivated to never leave again. Thank you! :thanks:

 
 
Comment by vic
2016-06-03 10:29:29

Congratulations on your tin-ness! I visit nearly every day, and I enjoy your posts so much I pass out your link like candy to my friends and acquaintances. I hope some of those lazies visit as often as I do. You have such a wonderful humor and such a fine instinct. Here’s to you, hats off and bottom’s up!
Keeep on keepin’ on

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:03:36

Thank you for shamelessly promoting my blog amongst your acquaintance. Some people are born history nerds; some have history nerddom thrust upon them. Either way works for me. :lol:

 
 
Comment by Edward Goldberg
2016-06-03 10:31:19

In regard to “keeping the posts flowing like wine”, I went online to find a nice tin can full of the stuff to send you–but to no avail. Maybe a nice Sheriff’s badge?

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:10:51

Hell yes! There’s a big auction of Tombstone memorabilia coming, just fyi. I also take old teetotal christmas puddings and fragments of turtle soup cans.

 
 
Comment by Rebecca
2016-06-03 10:40:49

I do read every post, and I love them all, even the ones on topics I didn’t think I could possibly be interested in. Congratulations on your anniversary, and please don’t stop! We love you!
Also, you need some more emojis — I’m pretty sure my iPhone has a nice little pile of poop.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:13:55

I find myself fascinated by unexpected subjects all the time. Dig around a little and you find entire worlds.

One of these days I’ll get around to upgrading the site and then you shall stare into a terrifying emoticon abyss the likes of which you have never known. :evil:

 
 
Comment by Layne
2016-06-03 11:04:35

The History Blog is my favorite blog of all (and “all” is an embarrassing number of sites, blogs, etc etc that I love), and right up there with one of my favorite THINGS of all. Thank you. I read it every day unless I have to stay offline completely to actually get some physical livelihood thing accomplished, and then as soon as possible I get right back and catch up. We’ve based travel on things in the blog and were never disappointed, always whatever the opposite is. I have a backlog (backblog??) of places we still want to go, based on The History Blog. This gush could go on and on, but thank you, and congratulations.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:16:54

Oh my goodness, what a thrilling compliment you just paid me. I couldn’t be happier to know the blog has played a part in your travel itineraries. Yay! Thank you so much! :boogie:

 
 
Comment by cliotucson
2016-06-03 11:21:52

I check it every day and read most of the stories, also love the comments. Yours is always the best news item of the day (especially given the dismal state of the world currently). Many thanks.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:21:23

You’re very welcome. I find history soothing. Even when the news is bad — and the cultural heritage news has been so very, very bad lately — I still take comfort in the cushioning embrace of studying our past.

 
 
Comment by Carol B
2016-06-03 11:27:34

I am so happy I found your blog! I enjoy reading it daily during my break here at work. My colleagues enjoy my passing on whatever tidbit I have learned (I think). Your work is very much appreciated.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:22:26

Hey, as long as they don’t tell you to stop, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT’S HOLY, that means they enjoy it. :giggle: Thank you for finding me!

 
 
Comment by CinTam
2016-06-03 11:55:05

Congrats on your anniversary! I check your blog every day and you’ve been a solid bookmark for a long time now. The photos are amazing! My favorite topics discoveries from ancient times, coin/treasure hoards, anything Roman or British, and artifacts being found. Your blog always surprises me by the range of topics you write about! Thank you for all of your dedication and hard work; it’s very much appreciated. :yes:

Top wishes to see on this blog some day: new discoveries about the historical Jesus, Alexander’s tomb discovered, any real discoveries regarding Cleopatra & Mark Antony, more clothing/artifacts belonging to Queen Elizabeth I, and more treasure/coin/weapon hoards!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:32:37

Thank you, CinTam. I love reading your comments and we clearly have similar taste in subject matter. Hoard lovers of the world, unite! :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Dr. Martin Ross
2016-06-03 12:26:34

Hail Cesira! I really enjoy this blog. I have learned much and enjoy being introduced to material and ideas beyond my usual thinking. You have expanded my boundaries. Thank you very much for that.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:33:26

That is profound and beautiful. Thank you so much. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Karen
2016-06-03 13:06:06

I’m another who only occasionally comments but reads every one. Thank you! :love:

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:37:35

I love comments, but reading is fundamental, as the saying goes. Thank you right back!

 
 
Comment by Hans Gerstacker
2016-06-03 14:02:17

Keep up the good work- I read and enjoy just about every one of your postings and never fail to learn something new. Thanks for your hard work.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 18:23:04

Thank you, Hans. Wonderful comment threads like this one only confirm the work is all worth it. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Edie
2016-06-03 14:21:59

I check your blog almost every day. It’s a high point of my morning walk through the internet!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 18:24:12

That’s great to hear. Thank you, Edie! :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Cordate
2016-06-03 15:00:23

Thanks for all your hard work, Livius! The History Blog brightens so many lives.

Have you considered setting up a Patreon that your readers might help you in turn?

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 18:25:24

This is the first time I’ve even heard of Patreon. That is a great idea. Thank you for being such a loyal reader and commenter, Cordate. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Amorette
2016-06-03 15:55:24

I only joined your readers a couple of years ago and The History Blog is now often the highlight of my day. I work as a journalist and spend a lot of time surrounded by depressing current events and I love stopping here for some uplifting old news Thank you.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 16:39:17

Yours is a tough, tough job. I can (and often do) avoid the news when it’s too depressing. I’m glad to give you something less burdensome to read. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Maria
2016-06-03 21:02:31

Your blog is a daily treat! Thank you so much :-)

- Maria

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 22:22:28

Thank you for reading it every day. :)

 
 
Comment by Sandy
2016-06-03 22:17:45

:boogie:

 
Comment by Shannon
2016-06-03 23:09:27

I don’t comment very often, but yours is one blog I read every day – it covers fascinating topics and your research is impeccable. And you inject humor, passion, and – I don’t know how to describe it – kindness. Not sure if that makes sense, but I find that refreshing. Multos annos!!!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-03 23:41:35

What a charming thing to say. Thank you so much, Shannon. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Cerelle Bolon
2016-06-04 00:38:01

By Golly, I read every one! And yes, some are of more personal interest to me than are others, but all are educational and enlightening. Thank you for all the work that goes into each blog!This is a huge project, and we appreciate it. :yes:

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-04 10:19:45

Thank you for reading every post, Cerelle. Your appreciation means a lot to me. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by The Jannie
2016-06-04 07:21:37

As everyone else has written, thank you for all your hard work. Your writing style and eye for things which are worth reading mean that The History Blog is an everyday read no matter what the subject.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-04 10:22:41

Thank you, The Jannie. It’s great to know you find value in all kinds of different posts. :yes:

 
 
Comment by John
2016-06-04 17:06:35

I can’t remember how I found out about your blog but since then I have read every blog and gone beck and read the old ones.

You provide much more information than other blogs and I love your writing style.

Your blog has helped to overcome what has been called a major fault of current American education. It has made history boring.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-05 12:28:05

I had great history teachers, thankfully, and both my parents are history buffs so I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in the subject. It’s a sad statement that so many students are bored by history as it’s taught in schools. I think you really have to work damn hard to make history boring. It’s so juicy and funny and tragic and fascinating on its own.

Thank you for reading, John. :thanks:

 
 
Comment by Maaike
2016-06-05 08:29:52

Congratulations on your anniversary! I really hope there’ll be many more to come. Your stories always provide interesting background information and, in contrast with articles that I read in the history section of news websites where crappy reporters often tend to misinterpret the evidence, I totally don’t feel the need to fact-check your stories :-D so thanks for your hard work, it’s much appreciated.

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-05 12:30:15

Thank you, Maaike. I try hard to provide full context and accurate details, and while I don’t always succeed, thankfully I have great readers to keep me on the straight and narrow. :)

 
 
Comment by Donna Seger
2016-06-05 11:43:02

Congratulations. Just passed 5 years on my own blog and yours has always been an inspiration for me. I admire your constancy and consistency!

Comment by livius drusus
2016-06-05 12:36:29

Thank you! Congratulations to you on your own milestone. I just checked out your blog — it’s great, btw — and I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with the Knight-Short House. :love:

 
 
Comment by Petrea Burchard
2016-06-05 23:53:28

Thank you for writing whenever you do. I appreciate your posts so much.

 
Comment by Alessio
2016-06-06 02:05:57

Thank you from Italy for your always interesting blog!

 
Comment by craig
2016-06-06 22:56:21

I find myself coming here almost daily to read. thanks for posts!

 
Comment by leo22cuervo
2016-06-07 15:46:49

Congratulations on the anniversary! My god you’ve been posting for quite a while! :D
I found your blog last year and I fell in love right away (don’t tell my girlfriend I wrote that). I spent the rest of 2015 catching up to old posts and now I visit weekly to read your posts (and open the pictures and check them up close OBVIOUSLY), my phone screen is actually the Lod Mosaic after I saw it here.
Thank you for all your hard work!

From an argentinian nerd

 
Comment by Shaindy
2016-06-07 23:08:08

I’m joining the (Greek?) chorus to say congratulations on your milestone. I can only imagine how much time and work goes into it. From one history nerd to another, thank you so much for all your work!

 
Comment by Pauly
2016-06-09 12:58:40

I’m an avid history buff and this is the ONLY history blog I follow. Thank you for your dedication and the fascinating information you pass along. You ROCK!

 
Comment by Ewa
2016-10-31 07:17:59

I’ve just realized I missed the anniversary post – long live history nerddom, long your live your idiosyncrasies, you bring joy into many people’s lives:) :love: :notworthy: :love:

 
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