Accidental Historian

I started this blog in 2002 and this is my 1611th post. I am certain there are blogs with a longer history out there, but these would be a very, very small proportion of those that still exist. I started blogging to explore the software itself because blogging offered an alternative to my experience creating web pages. Once the exploration phase was over I guess I continued because I have a compulsive streak and find it difficult to abandon projects. I now have several blogs, but this is the original.

I never kept a diary and my writing has always been mainly a professional activity. I seldom blog about what was my professional life as a university professor, but I have focused mostly on educational technology and issues that impact K-12 education. The accumulated content has now reached the point at which there seems to be some historical value. It is true that this is a history from my perspective, but this is pretty much the way history works. Historians present accounts based on their interpretations of primary source information. I suppose historians attempt to take a neutral stance.

Whatever arguments I have made for the value of blogging, generating primary source historical content is a new insights. My experiences with educational technology go back to the mid 1980s but daily recorded observations are likely less biased than the stories I might tell about the old days. Those of us who have lived the experience of the personal computer and the Internet may have accidentally recorded observations that chronicle the changes that we all experience but most seldom fail to recognize.

If you are curious, use the archive list to read some early posts. Use the search tool to see if I had anything to say about a topic that interests you.