Blogging Through the Pandemic 2.0: “Retired But Not Shy” at Twelve (revised)

[Note: In June, I put up a post supposedly summarizing the twelfth year of this blog. Problem was, though, that I wasn’t really ready to do it, yet my self-set deadline pushed me onward. I was not happy with the result, but I did nothing through the rest of June, nor did I think about it again when the time came to create a post for July.

Now, however, I am ready. I hope to put up a more detailed post of what I tried to achieve between July 2021 and June 2022.

Any comments, pro- or con-, will be welcomed by yours truly.

The following listings do not include visits to either “Home Page,” “Archives,” or “About.”]

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New Posts, Year Twelve, 2021-2022:

Fourth of July Orations in Antebellum Georgia, 2

The Civil War in Fifty Minutes, Part 1

The Civil War in Fifty Minutes, Part 2

Yazoo and Upcountry Georgia, Part 1

Yazoo and Upcountry Georgia, Part 2

“Retro-Posts,” 1: An Introduction: “About” page; First Post

MLK Day, 2022, and “Retro-Post,” 2

“Retro-Post,” 3

Reflections on Race, Part 1

Reflections on Race, Part 2

“Retro-Post,” 4

Shakespeare’s Plays as a Pandemic Project

[Note: “Retired But Not Shy” has just finished its twelfth year. When I began back in June 2010, I was worried that I would not be able to provide fresh material for the blog. But, boy, did I ever surprised myself: by now, I’ve put up more than two hundred posts! Still, I wondered how many of those posts loyal visitors had read. So, this year, to help readers of “Retired But Not Shy” along, I created “Retro-posts.” For these, I dived into the blog’s archives and retrieved several early posts that I hoped would inform current readers of what I had wanted to achieve “back in the day” (i.e., when I launched the blog but had scarcely a clue as to what that entailed). I’m not sure how helpful this strategy was, but I shall probably continue “Retro-posts” at least through year thirteen.]

Top Ten Posts, Year Twelve, 2021-2022:

Mississippi Blues Trail, Part 1

Howlin’ Wolf

Post for the 4th of July for in Georgia, 2019

My Vietnam War and Welcome to It

Prep School Teaching with a PhD, Part 1

Skip James

Blues Theology, Part 1

Yazoo Land Fraud, Part 1

The New South: Myth and Reality

Teaching History “Backwards”

Top Ten Posts of All Time, 2010-2022:

Prep School Teaching with a PhD, Part 1

Teaching History “Backwards

Georgia Governor Wilson Lumpkin, 1831-1835

Son House

Blues Theology, Part 1

Yazoo Land Fraud, Part 1

Mississippi John Hurt

Bobby “Blue” Bland

Skip James

Chitlin’ Circuit

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For those interested in reading more of my reflections on history, here are links to my books on the subject:

Rancorous Enmities and Blind Partialities:  Parties and Factions in Georgia, 1807-1845 (University Press of America, 2015)

In Pursuit of Dead Georgians:  One Historian’s Excursions into the History of His Adopted State (iUniverse, 2015)

Politics on the Periphery:  Factions and Parties in Georgia, 1783-1806 (University of Delaware Press, 1986)

About georgelamplugh

I retired in 2010 after nearly four decades of teaching History at the "prep school" level with a PhD. My new "job" was to finish the book manuscript I'd been working on, in summers only, since 1996. As things turned out, not only did I complete that book, but I also put together a collection of my essays--published and unpublished--on Georgia history. Both volumes were published in the summer of 2015. I continue to work on other writing projects, including a collection of essays on the Blues and, of course, my blog.
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4 Responses to Blogging Through the Pandemic 2.0: “Retired But Not Shy” at Twelve (revised)

  1. Annie Williams says:

    twelve years??? TWELVE? 12? Zowie! and we’ve only known each other for about two years at most, right? 🙂 It’s good that you have so much patience… –annie williams (in eastern Kansas)

  2. You know what they say, Annie: “Time really flies when your havin’ fun!” And I have indeed enjoyed myself over the past dozen years. Or, at least that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. . . .

  3. LasleyG says:

    Always love hearing your voice, and today you took me where I needed to go with BLUES AND THEOLOGY. Teaching “The Music of Our Lives: Freedom Songs” at Trinity Presbyterian in anticipation of Equal Justice Initiative leader Bryan Stevenson’s visit in November. Cheers, Doc! Always hit the mark

    • Thanks for your comment, Lasley! I’m glad you enjoyed “Blues Theology”–it’s one of my favorite posts. Thing is, though, I never know exactly why folks are visiting that post. Oh, I have my theories, of course, but I don’t really *know* why. . . . Anyway, glad you liked it, and I hope you’ll find other posts useful!

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