January 9th, 2010 Headsman
Yesterday night, your humble servant won the 2009 Cliopatria Award for best writing of a history blog.
Embarrassed headsmen are no pretty sight, but considering the depth and breadth of the history blogging community, I’m red-cheeked under the hood at stuff like this:
Given its format — the story behind a different historical execution, every day — Executed Today could by rights be monotonous and depressing. It is testament to “The Headsman’s” skills as a writer and storyteller that his blog is nothing of the sort. An engaging and astonishingly prolific blogger, The Headsman writes witty and accessible prose, jumps from continent to continent and century to century with ease, and despite two years of daily blogging he is still finding new things to do with his premise.
That’s a pretty close description to this blog’s aspiration. I’m gratified that it sometimes succeeds.
One glance at the other winning blogs (Georgian London, Curious Expeditions) and posts (Curating the Oceans: The Future of Singapore’s Past, Richardson’s Rules of Order), or at the other Best Writer nominees, or at any of the previous Clio winners, underscores the quality of the field. Best writer? How do you choose among this bounty? Clio hangs out with Calliope, after all.
So, very great thanks to the jury of professional historians for entertaining a mere hobbyist’s contributions. And special gratitude to Tim Abbott of Walking the Berkshires for both the nomination and a good bit of encouragement; to the guest bloggers and interviewees who liven things up around these dolorous parts; and to many others who know who they are, or ought to. Thanks above all to the site’s readers, new and old, regular and sporadic.
A few of the more satisfactory posts in the past year are conveniently arranged in Executed Today’s recent annual report: see here for stuff I wrote, and here for guest content that frequently puts it to shame.
why swell’st thou then;
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.
Also on this date
- 1899: Bailer Decker, Theodore Roosevelt's first
- 1945: Karolina Juszczykowska, who couldn't say no
- 2013: Rizana Nafeek, Sri Lankan maid
- 1386: The Sow of Falaise, seeing justice done
- 1900: Louisa Josephine Jemima Masset
- 2010: Six drug traffickers in Isfahan
- 1980: Islamic extremists for the Grand Mosque seizure
- 1923: Edith Thompson and Frederick Bywaters