We’re currently in the middle of several weeks during which a variety of posts related to the Society for U.S. Intellectual History’s recently concluded annual conference will be appearing on the blog. One of the many functions of the conference is for those of us involved in the actual business of the Society to meet face-to-face. In addition to S-USIH’s annual business meeting, bloggers who attend the conference have an (always too early-in-the-morning) breakfast in which we discuss the state of the blog. I wanted to write a quick post to note a few things that came out of the bloggers’ breakfast that are of potential interest to our readership.
Some of the most interesting blogging at USIH comes about when, for one reason or another, a number of us write on a single theme. Sometimes the occasion has been our participation in a multi-blog event, like the For the Love of Film Blogathons, sometimes we have held roundtables organized around a theme of our own devising, sometimes a number of us simply choose to address the same issue. Since we enjoy these occasions and think they create very interesting exchanges, we have decided to hold more regular blog events. Starting in December, we are planning every two months to blog around a common theme for one week. These events will rotate between focusing on something related to movies, something related to books, and finally something purely thematic. We’ll have more information about particular events as we get closer to them. In fact, next month, we will be having an event in addition to this new, regular rotation. A number of us who took part in the S-USIH reading group that Andrew Hartman organized on Kenneth Burke’s Attitudes Toward History will be blogging about Burke during the week of November 10. We also hope to make these events more accessible to our readership by developing an interface that will let readers easily create mini e-books out of our roundtables and other events, though I’m afraid we don’t yet have an ETA on this feature.
Finally, we are always on the lookout for new voices on the blog. In the next few months, I hope to announce a number of new regular bloggers. Our goal is still to have two regular bloggers assigned to each day of the week. But we also always welcome guest posts. If you have any interest in writing a post for the blog, please contact me or any of the other regular bloggers.
Please also consider this an open thread for the discussion of blog matters. Is there anything which we’re not doing that you wish we were….or anything that we are doing that you wish we weren’t?