AHA Today is five years old today! Whether you’ve been with us from the beginning, or just started following the blog recently, thanks for reading!
Over AHA Today’s half-decade we’ve interviewed historians in a variety of careers, offered daily coverage of events at four annual meetings, handpicked articles for our Thursday “What We’re Reading” posts, discovered all sorts of online resources, and reported on news from every corner of the history profession.
We prepared for AHA Today’s launch, back in 2006, by writing enough content for a month’s worth of posts, but there was concern about maintaining the blog after that.
Three short years ago AHA Today joined the blogosphere to share “the latest happenings in the broad discipline of history” as well as to “serve as a clearinghouse for interesting, and perhaps useful information about the profession.” Since that time AHA staff members have produced over 850 blog posts, which have been viewed by more than 200,000 visitors.
AHA Today has evolved over these few short years, adding new sections and covering a larger variety of topics. A few months after launching the blog, a Friday post called “Grant of the Week” was added.
AHA Today turns one year old today. Since September 28, 2006, AHA staff members have produced over 300 blog posts, which have been viewed by more than 50,000 visitors. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’d like to reflect on where we started, and how far we’ve come.
The first post on AHA Today was a sort of mission statement and jumping off point. Certain aspects of the blog were set up: it would focus on “on the latest happenings in the broad discipline of history” but also be a “clearinghouse for interesting, and perhaps useful information.” We were also very aware that the blogosphere tends to blur the line between the personal and professional.