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Update

I updated the list of Medievalists with weblogs for the first time since before Christmas, and it involved some major changes for once. I've added an "On Hiatus" category to frequency of updates, as well as a Language category, since I have a few weblogs listed in German, Italian, and Russian. I don't search in other languages very often, so I'm sure I'm missing far, far more weblogs written by medievalists in other languages than in English. This is particularly true for languages that I don't read.

I'm happy to say that I've received three emails in the last month from people on the list, or who should have been on the list, updating information about themselves and others. There's a limit to how many of these weblogs I wonder across on my own, by web searches and by reading many of the weblogs now and again, so it's quite useful when updates come my way of their own accord. Thank you to all of you who've sent them in!

I still have good intentions towards updating the page design, but content is much more important. It's not currently possible to sort the page by languages, but it's easy enough to add that functionality if there's any demand for it.

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owlfish
Feb. 3rd, 2004 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Of course you belong on it. Thank you for pointing out that oversight.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 5th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC)
Just curious on what the purpose of the list is, beyond establishing a community of medievalists-who-blog. As one would expect, the blogs linked represent a wide range of interests, covering the personal, the (explicitly) political, the more specifically academic, etc. Is it merely a sense of community you're looking to establish? Or something else?
owlfish
Feb. 5th, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Primarily, the list is to satisfy my own curiousity about my fellow medievalists who are involved in weblogging. That's how it began. A year ago or less, I found a very few medievalists running weblogs, so I was curious if there were any more. Also, for whatever reason, I enjoy annotating lists.

Secondarily, now that such a list exists, it's been a way for medievalists to find others of similar interest, for networking purposes. I've received a few emails from medievalists telling me that the list has been useful to them.

A list on its own can never establish a sense of community, nor do I seek to. The number of medievalists in this world is vast and varied. Even with the commonalities entailed by all writing our thoughts on some subject or other on the web, there is no more reason for this particular subsection of medievalists to feel any more sense of community than they would with any other subsection with whom they had only that in common.

I'm glad that my own interest in writing such a list has proven to be of use to other people, but I came to the project without such a broad purpose in mind.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 5th, 2004 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Cheers for the response. It wasn't at all intended as an attack, and I'm glad to hear you've had positive responses to your list. As far as your original impulse, 'I enjoy annotating lists', had me laughing heartily: a medievalist clearly at work.

I stumbled on to your livejournal site starting from the invisible adjunct site; common interests can be enough to intrigue (or at least to prompt a near-effortless click). I think part of me was surprised at finding where others drew the lines between public and private selves, between their work, their blogs, their professional contacts, etc.

owlfish
Feb. 6th, 2004 04:29 am (UTC)
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There is a very wide scale of where people draw the line between public and private selves. I always try to keep in mind that anything I post online under my name can be found by anyone at all, including prospective employers 10 years from now. I do worry about those who don't realize how public public posting is.

I admire people, such as Invisible Adjunct, who have enough content to run a purely professional site. Most of my audience comes from among my friends and family, so I cater to that, while keeping in mind the publicness involved in posting a webpage of any sort.
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