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Friday, September 21st, 2007

Hey all:

I just wanted to share with you some of my pictures of my trip to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest taken on the Great Cities Tour, 2007. I only was able to upload a few because Flickr won’t let me upload more for free! I’m thinking about upgrading my account though.

enjoy what you can :)

The Making of a Renegade Blogger

Friday, September 14th, 2007

It turns out that, without realizing it, I’ve become a renegade blogger. It happened on Monday when I wrote a post in my blog about why an organization called H-Net (a cluster of scholarly networks organized around a particular theme–German history, Intellectual history, etc.) is in trouble because their content delivery model is based on the email listserv. According to their Vice President for Networks, there are about 100,000 subscribers (total) to their various lists, who receive, on average, 10-15 email messages per month from each listserv they subscribe to.

My argument, if you read my first post and the ones that followed argued that email is the communication tool of the past decade, and that blogs, wikis, and other social networking platforms, are the content delivery tools of the future. So, I said that if H-Net wanted to stay relevant for scholars (especially in a decade when people like you will be the new scholars), it needed to start moving away from email and toward these new tools.

This proposal got a lot of people’s knickers in a knot. Unlike much of what I post in my blog, this thread has generated a lot of discussion, both on my blog (25 comments thus far) and in other blogs (and on internal H-Net lists…that I am not able to read since they keep their internal lists private).

I point you to this, not because I am proud to be a renegade blogger (although I am), but to point you to ways that communication among scholars around issues they care about are changing.