Gentle Readers, I’ve decided to do things a little bit differently here. With few exceptions, I keep to a five days a week, one post a day schedule. I also try to keep my posts in the neighborhood of five hundred words, more often going over than under. I didn’t know if I could do that when I started, but it seems that I can. I could do more, but early experiments with my writing schedule proved that sprint sessions followed by irregular breaks did not suit me.
I also started without much of an idea what I would write about. Then I began short series highlighting significant events in the antebellum. I thought when I did it that I would reach December 20, 1861 somewhere between two weeks and a month thereafter. I rather fancied hitting the date on December 20, 2012. Five hundred ninety-one posts of that short series later, I have come to roughly early October, 1855. Exploring the antebellum has supplied my need for daily content, taught me a great deal, and occasioned a similarly great deal of fun.
None of those things shall change, but I want to try something else as well. Generally speaking, I write five Road to War posts a week. I have intended to cut back slightly on those in favor of other things, either as once a week features or in some kind of rotation. You can tell how well I have realized those intentions with a look over at the archives. But we must all pave our own roads to hell, so with the encouragement of the revered blogfather I’ve decided to turn the Monday posts over to Civil War-, Reconstruction-, and slavery-related issues and events especially relevant to us today. Expect the first Modern Monday tomorrow.