Hi everyone! As our first year, the staff and I are incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made as a site. Now that 2013 is coming to an end, however, I only thought it proper that we have a bit of a year end recount to look at our accomplishments this year. We started off with a vision in mind. It’s not a hard vision to sum up at all: a popular history site that makes history fun and interesting again. After all, why not? History, compared to other disciplines, can be turned so exciting and dramatic – why does it have to be boring?
I think that we’ve been getting closer and closer to fulfilling our vision since Day 1 of starting the site. Sean Munger, author of Zombies of Byzantium and the man behind the popular Twitter feed @CryForByzantium, gave us the award “Most Enthusiastic History Blog”, stating:
Nine guys who are determined to bring you history with the boring parts cut out comprise History Republic, a blog so enthusiastic about telling cool stories about the past that you just have to admire their gusto and their dedication. History Republic covers all sorts of topics with an emphasis on entertaining, easy-to-read stories, a very polished and eye-friendly presentation, and no pretensions at all. Here you can find a perp walk of candidates for being the “last” Roman Emperor, an analysis of the rise of post-WWII Japan, a special report on the newest heir to the British throne, and a lengthy series on the French Revolution chock full of guillotines and people in white wigs shouting “Vive le France!” Don’t we all wish history was always like this?
I think that’s a very apt description of who we are and what we do. If we wish to make everyone enthusiastic about history, how can we not be incredibly enthusiastic about it ourselves? This was not the only recognition we got, however. In addition, we were also featured on October’s History Carnival.
Our site statics were also rather admirable.
Nearing in to 6000 views.
An international readership.
The Year’s Posts
Statistics say nothing about a site, however. What’s important is the content. I’d like take a moment to recount some of the posts we had this year:
In addition, we had two ongoing series:
Thank you to all the readers who continually support us with comments, feedback and promotions- we appreciate all of it. This year has been very successful for us and I’m sure that we will continue to work towards our vision of becoming THE popular history site that turns history from being a boring nightmare into an exciting narrative. We have a lot of good stuff planned – the final pieces to our riveting series on the French Revolution, followed by an epic tale of the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage, then a series on the Industrial Revolution that changed the world – I’m truly excited to see what will come next.
As always- thank you and happy new year.
History Republic Director