Ending my Civil War digital project

Digital Project Reflection for Ending the Civil War in April 1865.

After creating a “blogcast” commemorating the last month of the Civil War for this course, I must admit it is one of my proudest achievements—at least from grad school. I planned to drop posts on at least 4 dates that correspond to significant historical happenings, The timing worked out perfectly so that I was able to reference other sesquicentennial events, and it landed in the last half of this semester. It was seemingly meant to be.

My modest stats determined my moderate success of over the month:

  • 190 visitors
  • 9 referrer sources
  • 6 countries
  • 5 posts
  • 1 person pleased as punch

The sound recording process was not as difficult as I thought it was going to be, and I rather enjoyed it. I now have a basic proficiency in Audacity, and know how to upload to Soundcloud and then post onto WordPress. I have included a link to my blog on my resume now as well. In that way, this class has contributed to my skill set ways I had originally desired.

Design revisions were being considered, but ultimately I like how the general design is bold and simple with the colors highlighting what should be highlighted. The external sites I posted to stood out well and complemented by project with secondary and primary material from the National Park Service, the Library of Congress, and the Civil War Trust.

In a somewhat unexpected outcome, co-workers and friends have taken time to tell me how much Civil War history means to them or their family. I have heard stories and made deeper connections with people by creating and disseminating this digital project. So, that’s awesome, too.

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