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I'm so behind in blogreading, too

A couple of days ago, I was waffling over "should I do this corset thing as blog posts, or would it be more responsible to try to publish them?" And what it comes down to for me is:

Published in journal-
Pro: Put on resumé
Con: Unsure if Dress or a women's studies would want it as is, limited readership

Publish on blog-
Pro: Can link to it, can have it up once it's done, immediate feedback
Con: Feel like everyone but me is making professional gains and feel like even writing very good blog posts is not good enough

I go by numbers and not length of whines, so I am almost definitely going to just post it because in the end that seems the most rewarding. I will always be judging myself based on my classmates and always finding myself lacking. I have a book coming out and probably another one later plus that first one that's already done, if that's not good enough for me then having an article in a journal is not going to do it. Move on, Cassidy!

I'm going back and forth on putting works cited at the end of each post. On the one hand,months ago, around the time I posted my Queen Victoria myths post, someone wrote something on their own blog with a prefatory paragraph along the lines of "I see people taking posts seriously when they don't have footnotes/citations and a bibliography, and you should know that that's not academic." And I of course became irrationally concerned that this was pointed at me, and I started obsessively sourcing every factual statement and linking to the specific page in the book when possible. I resist doing bibliographies because I usually use a zillion sources - I go for primary sources and generally end up never finding two facts in one book. But at a glance, it's not clear that I'm linking to GBooks rather than random internet pages. Hm. I think I just use too many sources to create a bibliography for in a blog post.

Original post: http://chocolatepot.dreamwidth.org/791316.html - comment wherever you please.


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Aug. 19th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
I think some of your posts could definitely be turned into journal articles. Obviously, the writing style, citations, and illustrations, would all need to be tweaked, and the audience is different. But your couture beyond Chanel and current corsetry series have real potential, especially if you were to frame them as a review with original research that counters pop-culture beliefs, or even as an "omg, why do ppl still believe this shit" sort of thing. Don't let your insecurity stand in your way.
Aug. 20th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
You think?! I always feel like my research isn't quite up to snuff because I'm limited by the internet - with the Chanel posts, not only do I really need to see the Nov. 1919 Vogue, I should probably look at the issues after it and some more from the late 1920s.
Aug. 20th, 2014 04:11 am (UTC)
Being an independent researcher is hard, for sure. Do you have any friends who can fulfill article requests? But seeing primary source stuff is hard even for someone at a museum or a uni: you still have to spend the money to schlep to the collection!
Aug. 20th, 2014 01:32 pm (UTC)
Well, I am already paying a friend to take a ton of pictures for me, s'pose I could see if she'll take a few more!
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