Thanks For the Encouragement

Grand Review of the Armies - May 1865

Okay, it turns out it’s not exactly easy to crank out two or three posts each day. So far, I’m averaging three posts daily and maybe one or two on Saturday and Sunday. Usually one of the posts is a popular one with a fair bit of traffic (typically the morning post) and the other two range between average and total duds (hey, not every idea I come up with is genius).

While it may not be easy to generate that much content, it is definitely a lot of fun and personally rewarding. I very much appreciate the gratitude my readers have shared on Facebook, Twitter, comments and via email. So thank you for your encouragement and support.

Part of my goal with this blog is to better understand the history of the city that I have called home for over a decade. But what is becoming more important is to document the hidden history of the District and share that with anyone that wants to read it.

I also want this to have elements of participation and collaboration, which is why I wrote the first “Reader’s Choice” post on Syracuse University’s Greenberg House at the bequest of a reader (I’m glad that mystery has been solved). Please keep emailing ideas, tweeting @GhostsofDC and posting on the Facebook wall because the best ideas are coming in from the readers.

I would like to throw one question to the readers: how old does a story have to be to qualify as a Ghosts of DC post? Ten years, twenty-five years or is it subjective depending on they context? My father-in-law aptly argued that turnover is so high in our transient city that a major segment of the population doesn’t know what happening in their neighborhood ten years ago.

Please let me know which stories you enjoy reading the most. Personally, I really enjoy writing “If Walls Could Talk” posts, even though they take two to three hours each to research. It’s fascinating the learn about the life of a building and imagine the events that took place within its walls. I also enjoy digging through Library of Congress photos for “Faces of Yesterday” ideas, giving us a window into Washington’s past anonymous residents.

Also, I recognize that the posts are heavily skewed to the northwest quadrant. I apologize to the other three quadrants, but I promise I will improve my post diversity to include places like the southwest waterfront, Anacostia and Brookland. Since I live in northwest, these are probably the places I could use the most help with resident suggestions and tips.

Let me close by again saying thank you to my readers. Thanks to @SUinDC for helping spread the word about the Greenberg House post. Thanks to @IAFF36 and John from truck 9 down on U St. for sharing your enjoyment of the Columbia Heights fire engine post. And last, thanks to the guys from Red Rocks. I can’t wait for that next pepperoni pizza. It’s going to be awesome … I kind of want it now (my wife is rolling her eyes).

Here’s my favorite photo from the last week from the post about the Grand Review of the Armies.

Grand Review of the Armies - May 1865

Grand Review of the Armies - May 1865