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Technology and the HistorianTransformations in the Digital Age$
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Adam Crymble

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043710

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043710.001.0001

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The Rise and Fall of the Scholarly Blog

The Rise and Fall of the Scholarly Blog

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Technology and the Historian

Adam Crymble

University of Illinois Press

This chapter highlights the rise and fall of academic blogging, putting the practice into a longer chronology of informal scholarly communication. It asks what purpose blogging played as well as what it offered historians that was different. Beginning from the influences of Listservs and fanzines in the 1990s, and moving through waves of anonymous ranting, confident scholarly expression, and shameless self-promotion, this chapter argues that developments in online scholarly communication provided opportunities for historians to communicate informally and with new combinations of colleagues and publics than previously. It lost its centrality among digital historians after a few years, but not before becoming a staple of historical outreach strategies and a key part of mainstream academic writing.

Keywords:   blogging, scholarly communication, Listserv, ranting, research impact, self-promotion, academic writing

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