Civil War Books and Authors turned 10 earlier this month. It was definitely a different time back in 2005. Twitter didn't exist and Facebook was founded only the previous year. Blogging was a thing already but Civil War blogging certainly wasn't a popular pursuit. The really dedicated writers collectively could be counted on two hands with fingers to spare and there was a great deal of direct interaction between them. Like all things do, this changed over time. I liken it to freshman year dorm life when everyone worked and played together in the early glow of excitement before gradually striking out on their own individually or in small groups by the end of the second semester.
Way back when, the average blog lifespan was estimated at only two months (like that of a new flyer on the Western Front in 1917). CWBA didn't quite turn out as intended, instead morphing rapidly into a full on review journal, a situation which I am obviously fine with as I've been doing it for a decade. Since it has been and always will be a one-man operation, the website is by necessity a curated platform and it is my earnest hope that readers feel it original enough in content and emphasis to both keep on board current visitors and attract new ones. The work vs. fun factor has sometimes lingered uncomfortably close to the former category but, after all this time, I still feel the passion when it comes to our little corner of the historical publishing world and certainly plan to continue on with the discussion into the foreseeable future.