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Part of my immediately¬†previous post spoke to the community aspect of British History 101 – getting to hear from listeners and having some sort of communication between myself and everyone else. This is an enjoyable method of interaction, but I also appreciate the chance to have a more broad-ranging set of connections between people. In terms of the Internet, I’m referring to fora or message boards. I participate in a few different ones myself, although none of them have to do with British history. This is a situation I would like to change, but I’m having trouble finding a forum dedicated to history (one that isn’t blatantly extremist for some insane perspective, at any rate). Does anyone out there engage in this sort of online exchange, or are we more or less out of luck when it comes to getting together with like-minded historians and history buffs?

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Last night, I decided to email the folks from whom I have gotten messages in the past regarding the podcast. British History 101 has always been on my mind, perhaps especially so since I’ve not been able to produce an episode. It’s been increasingly at the fore of my thoughts for the past few months. The creative process was always a great deal of fun, but I particularly enjoyed putting the finishing touches on a podcast and the interaction with listeners that usually happened afterward – emails, Skype messages, and Facebook postings with comments, responses, or requests for certain material on the show were always a joy to receive, and I’ve missed that.There was also a period when the hosting for the show was supported directly with contributions from listeners, and that was a deeply humbling experience – for about a year, British History 101 maintained a presence on the Internet entirely on listener support. Thanks, ladies and gentlemen. I really do appreciate that, especially as people were contributing during the darkest days of the recent economic decline.

With that in mind, I would like to remind whoever is still out there of a few channels of communication to watch in my efforts to rebuild the British History 101 community and get this thing off the ground again. Keep an eye on this space and subscribe to the posts (there’s a link in the top right corner of this page) – the blog is a place where I can get at least some level of conversation going, especially when I only have a few minutes here and there to write a blog post but in which I can’t do more substantial research or writing. I’ve also just opened a dedicated Twitter account for the show; sadly, Twitter wouldn’t allow “BritishHistory101” as a handle, so you can find me @BritHist101. No, it isn’t perfect, but it’ll have to do! I’ve recently gotten back into Facebook, and will need to explore my options there. I understand the app environment has changed to some degree since I was last a member of the site, so perhaps there will be a better way to have a show page there. The Skype account BritishHistory101 is still alive, too, so feel free to send me a message or even give me a quick shout out there. And, as always, I can be reached via email at BritishHistory101@gmail.com.

I’ll be honest – I love British History 101. The interaction I had with listeners when the show was still up and running on a regular basis was fantastic. To a certain selfish degree, I would like that sense of community back. I can only do half of it, though, and making it work requires the audience, too. I sincerely hope there are at least a few of you left out there who can help me make it happen.

 

 

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