• Personal

    Ten Years Blogging at The Mast

    I began this blog on January 21, 2002. My very first post is here. My friend and former colleague iPaulo is still blogging. I’ve started a few other blogs since then, on IT: Technology, Language and Culture (also started in January of 2002, and life in the Pacific Northwest, and an entire site related to the books I co-wrote about the iPad. (And others too!) I’m delighted that Medievalist bloggers Scott Nokes and Michael Drout of Wormtalk and Slugspeak are back blogging. (Professor Drout also began blogging in 2002). The blogosphere, as some call it, has changed a lot since I started, but then so have I. Michelle Ziegler is…

  • Uncategorized

    Weblogs and the Academy: Professional and Community Outreach through Internet Presence

    I’ve decided to live-blog a blogging session at the 2008 Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo. I’m not a transcriber, so I’m not in any way doing the presenters the kind of justice their thoughtful papers deserve. The session was organized by Elisabeth Carnell, Western Michigan Univ., and Shana Worthen, University of Arkansas–Little Rock, with Elizabeth Carnell presiding. These are the papers that are being presented: “Do I Know You in Real Life? Building Scholarly Communities and Professional Networks through Anonymous Weblogs”  Julie A. Hofmann, Shenandoah University “Text in Motion: Navel-Gazing as Pedagogical Strategy”  MacAllister Stone, Independent Scholar “Unlocking Wordhoards: Popular Medievalist Communities”   Richard Scott Nokes, Troy University Julie Hoffman maintains…

    Comments Off on Weblogs and the Academy: Professional and Community Outreach through Internet Presence
  • Personal


    I created the first version of my Web site, Celtic Studies Resources, on June 1st of 1997. I didn’t know any HTML, and the site was a few pages hosted at AOL. You can see what it used to look like, sort of, here. In 1999 Michael bought the digitalmedievalist.com domain for me, and I expanded the site quite a lot. Celtic Studies Resources is ten years old now, and this blog, started in January of 2002, is five.

  • Conferences

    Weblog Roundtable at Kalamazoo 2006

    Shana Worthen did an excellent job of moderating the roundtable discussion, with fellow bloggers Elisabeth Carnell, Michael Drout, Richard Nokes, Michael Tinkler, Alison Tara Walker, (the moderator of the Medieval Studies Community), and me, as participants in a discussion that ranged over why we started blogging, why we blog now, what blogging offers that other forms of online interaction don’t, why we think blogging is important to medievalists, the value of anonymous blogging, and the uses of blogging in terms of scholarship and pedagogy. The observations made included the following, in no particular order, and without attribution: We all appear to find value in the existence and contributions of anonymous…