Thesis coming to an end and more

I will soon be able to breathe a slight sigh of relief, as I will present the revised draft of my thesis to my committee and seek their approval so that I can graduate. This semester has been busy and rewarding, but I will be happy to take a break from writing such a large paper again for a couple more years. I am waiting to hear about admission to the Ph.D. program here at North Dakota, but am confident. With that said, I would like to turn my attention to this blog and you, my faithful readers. I want to thank you for all your support, as I feel that this blog is successful. However, I feel that this blog can be and do more, especially in increasing readership. This is where you, the reader, come in. I would like to ask you to encourage friends and colleagues to visit this site to increase the audience of my site. I would also like to know what things I can do differently to improve this site and increase readership. I know the one area is that I can post more often, but with being so busy with graduate school, this will be difficult. I do have several book reviews to get to soon and will post them as soon as I can, but want to know what more you would like to see.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Use the contact page at the top and let me know how I can improve the site.

2. I am always looking for writers, so if you want a shot at writing, please create a free WordPress account and let me know.

3. For teachers, I am willing to create a way for you to use my site for your students to learn about the war and ask me questions on the war, as well as opportunities to write for this site. If this is something that would interest you, please let me know.

Again, thank you to everyone for your support of my blog. I look forward to continuing writing for you.

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2 thoughts on “Thesis coming to an end and more

  1. Daniel,

    You might want to take a look at my recent blog entry on how to improve blog readership:

    http://www.brettschulte.net/CWBlog/2008/03/10/interesting-reading-on-ways-to-increase-blog-readership/

    To me, the biggest thing is to get other Civil War blogs (and in your case educational blogs) to link back to you. Try linking to posts on blogs similar to yours. I find that many bloggers will visit my site after this and notice I have linked to them. This in turn leads to a link from them to you, which always increases readership. Another key thing to do is to get a Feedburner feed set up. Check out http://www.feedburner.com sooner rather than later. Third, try to submit some of your posts to blog carnivals. This often leads to an influx of readers. Just make sure you have some quality posts in the days and weeks after the carnival so people keep coming back.

    Brett

  2. Thanks Brett for the great advice. I will try to link more posts, though I must admit, with all the work around grad. school, I am lucky to update my own blog, let alone read other blogs, but I will try. As for Feedburner, I will look into it and I did set up a Technorati profile as well.

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