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What’s Next: Edwardian Promenade 2.0

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Ten years ago today I wrote my first post for this site. I’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs in my life, but kept plugging away here; it was a bit of a lifesaver actually, an oasis and place of relaxation. However, on the flip side, the comfort and predictability of running this site made me dig in my heels a little, it made me reluctant to flap my wings and fly. There have been many things I’ve wanted to try, but psyched myself out of doing, and some things I tried but lost confidence in continuing.

No more!

Edwardian Promenade 2.0 is going to be a little different.

Namely, I’m focusing on the production of Curio, which I half-mockingly call “historical goop.” That is, a bimonthly, history-based, lifestyle digital magazine. There may be plans to make it available in print if demand is high enough. Send me an email if you’re interested in ad space.

The website isn’t going away, of course, but updates will be more focused on history as it lives today than on random factoids, excerpts, and long reads. I want to excite you, engage you, make history more than words on a page. Send me an email if you’d like to write for EP.

Under my company Plum Bun Media, I will be releasing some e-courses about conserving and preserving family histories, research, and other interesting topics.

I’m creating a series of history subscription boxes. One aimed at home-schoolers, another aimed at foodies, another aimed at crafters, etc. Support my Patreon at the Duke/Duchess level for first dibs on the boxes.

Lastly, I’m going to experiment with digital content: podcast and documentaries. After years of watching BBC documentaries, I find the American-style quite stodgy and staid! I want to be the US version of Lucy Worsley!

Thank you for ten years, and I hope you’ll love what I have planned!

Edwardian Promenade is 10!

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There have been many times where I contemplated ending my maintenance of Edwardian Promenade, and a few times where I made moves to do so; however, I am extremely astonished and pleased to have met this milestone: a decade of blogging on Edwardian, Gilded Age, Belle Epoque, (anything between the 1880s and 1920s) history! I’ve witnessed the innocuous beginnings of the worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey, have been asked to join some fantastic projects in conjunction with EP, met a ton of amazing people, from fellow bloggers to authors to academics to editors and agents to genuine TV and film people–and all through the passion of sharing history with you all.

It is Edwardian Promenade that encouraged me to not only finish the last bit of my education but continue on to get a Ph.D.

It is the community built around Edwardian Promenade that motivated me even when I doubted the worthiness of my dedication to this site.

It is the amazing feedback from a diverse set of readers that enthused my search for interesting things to share.

I want to thank the people who’ve come aboard over the years to add their unique perspectives to Edwardian Promenade: Rachel Pritchard, Diana Sousa, Melody B, Tasha Heidenkind, Jennifer Hallock, and Lydia San Andres!

I definitely give a huge thank you to my regular blog commenters (Hels in particlar!)

It’s a little daunting to think about the next decade of Edwardian Promenade, but I hope you want to come along too! Which is why I’ve launched a Patreon for my superfans and superfriends.

What is Patreon, you ask? It’s a handy website that allows you to support your favorite creators (in this case, moi). I am building Edwardian Promenade 2.0–a greatly enhanced version of the site that includes more digital and video media, more history, and just more of everything I already offer, except on a more consistent and exciting basis. I also want to give back to the community by helping high school and college students be #historycreatives™ through formal internships where they will learn how to research, write and edit engaging history posts, film or record and edit videos and podcasts, how to conduct interviews, put them in contact with mentors in public history, and more!

In return for your support, I plan a tier of goodies, ranging from monthly downloadables to a quarterly subscription box full of history-based swag and treats. Click on the image below for more information.

The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated…

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Two things have stolen my mind away from Edwardian Promenade and you amazing people: school and writing.

Last year, I returned to college for a new degree, which has me diving into archiving, public history, oral history, museum studies, and a host of other cool things to do with functional history.

This year, I sold a story to William Morrow/HarperCollins–A Fall of Poppies, an anthology featuring novellas by nine authors and centers on WWI’s Armistice Day as soldiers come home at last, and survivors pick up the pieces in search of hope, remembrance, and love. Those other eight authors are Heather Webb, Beatriz Williams, Jennifer Robson, Lauren Willig, Kate Kerrigan, Marci Jefferson, Hazel Gaynor, and Jessica Brockmole! Look for this book in 2016.

But to reassure you that I have not forgotten about this blog, here’s a tentative list of upcoming posts:
Review of Erik Larson’s Dead Wake
Review of the latest spate of Downton Abbey books
Recap and review of Mr. Selfridge, in anticipation for its season three premiere on PBS
Revival of the Fascinating Women series and the WWI Wednesday series

In the meantime, I do post fairly often on Edwardian Promenade’s Facebook page, and you can also find me on Twitter and Tumblr.