Here at History Geek there are two things to celebrate today. It is exactly six months since I started this blog and I’ve also been nominated for another award!
My first goal with History Geek was to aim for 12 months so I’m exactly halfway and so far have really enjoyed the ride. I’ve had a lot of fun sharing some of my ephemera and learned a lot while researching my posts. It has also been fantastic to start to meet some of the wider blogging community.
The highlights have also included tracking down an undercover journalist in Somaliland to confirm the current use of antiquated Soviet tanks, delivering unpublished photos of 19th century Freemasons to the National Masonic Museum and Archives and just last week being interviewed live on National Radio about an early 20th century ferret pincher. It was also particularly satisfying to see through analytics that someone found my blog by searching for “what to do during an air raid“. That really does make me feel like I’m helping to make this world a better place – although I do worry about that readers safety.
So thanks to you my readers and here is to another six months of ephemeral broadcasts and history-laced musings. Now on to the silverware!
Matthew Wright has seen fit to nominate my blog for the Reality Blog Award. Matthew is one of New Zealand’s most published historians – you can check out his latest book here. It has convicts, pirates, rum drinking, sailing ships and fighting in it. Enough said. You should also check out his fantastic blog where he is kind enough to share some of the tricks and tools of the writing and publishing business.
The Reality Blog Award requires me to answer some questions and then nominate some more deserving blogs. So here it goes…
1. If you could change something what would you change?
That is a difficult one as there are so many things that one could change in this world, and taking into account the butterfly effect, chaos theory and the human condition I wonder what good it would do to change anything really. So in my usual fashion I will waste this one opportunity on something decidedly stupid. I’d swap Earth’s Moon with the martian moon Phobos. Why? Because our moon is too perfect and a munted moon like Phobos might have reminded every human since the dawn of time that the universe isn’t a perfect place and that sometimes the munted things are just as beautiful if not more. That seems an appropriate answer to a question for an award about reality.
Plus the majority of geological features on Phobos are named after people and places from Gulliver’s Travels. I think that is hilarious.
2. If you could relive one day, when would it be?
Hmmm there are so many but one particularly perfect day was on a road trip with good friends through the middle of the South Island. We had a fantastic morning at Lake Tekapo and then set off through McKenzie Country, stopping along the way to feed some salmon. Then we headed up to Mt Cook and on a whim decided to take a helicopter up over the Southern Alps.
It was perfect conditions, early Spring so still plenty of snow around but also a glorious blue sky. It was amazing to see the geography of the South Island firsthand as we flew over the great divide, with the towering white and blue cliffs of the Southern Alps separating the thin strip of lush rainforest on the West Coast from the great dry expanses of the east. We also stopped at the top of the Tasman Glacier to get out and throw snowballs.
To complete the perfect day, on the way home we stopped to check out the view of Lake Benmore. I took this photo.
3. What’s one thing that really scares you?
4. What’s one dream have you not completed yet and do you think you will be able to complete it?
One thing I like to do is to live history from time to time to better understand what it must have been like. I taught myself how to pan for gold on the West Coast goldfields, could fulfill my duty as a militiaman by the age of 16 when I learned to fire a flintlock musket (and get powder burns in the process) but one thing I’m yet to manage is to make an ocean crossing on a tall ship. I’ll complete it one day.
Now to nominate some other great blogs! Here are three that I highly recommend.
The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things – This blog is run by the curator of the original exhibit that included Daniel Tohill’s mugshot.
Mugshots and Miscellaneous – Another ephemera blog!
Built in Dunedin – A fantastic site that tells the stories of some of Dunedin’s notable buildings and the people who lived and worked in them.
They are all good blogs that are well worth checking out!
© Lemuel Lyes