I’ve been blogging for a while now, and I have discovered that I truly do enjoy it. This site I have created is not just a blogging site anymore. It is my website, and I am very proud of it. Therefore, to celebrate, I’ve added a new feature to my site, something that will be a weekly addition, something that my readers can count on reading every single week.
If you’ve read any of my blog posts, then you would know that I like to write about events that have happened to me or my family members in the past. And if you’ve read my “About the Author” page, then you’d also know that I love studying history. I know, I’m kind of a geek that way! I guess I just believe that in order to understand ourselves, it’s important that we understand our past.
So, when I thought about adding a regular weekly feature to my site, I considered the ways in which I could combine these bits and pieces of myself and what I love to this feature and yet make it interesting enough for my readers, and I think I’ve come up with something that is unique, or at least, as far as I can tell, it’s a feature that I have not yet come across in anyone else’s blog. Here’s what I have in mind:
Each Saturday I am going to publish what I have decided to call “Red-Letter Saturday.“ A red letter day (sometimes called scarlet day in academia) is any day of special significance.
Here’s how it will work. I’ll take a look at the date each Saturday, whatever date it may be, for instance, July 4th. Then I will do the research to discover what historical events occurred on that particular date in any given year, but it has to be Saturday, because after all, the name of my feature is “Red-Letter SATURDAY,” right? I will choose one historical event that occurred on that date. Let’s say, for example, that it is July 4th. We all know that Independence Day is on July 4th. Then I will write a blog entry centered around Independence Day. Don’t worry – I will not be giving you a history lesson. After all, where would be the fun in that? Instead, I’ll be writing an entry associated with that day. If it is the Fourth of July, maybe I’ll write a post about a memory I have of a family reunion that occurred on July 4th one year, or I could write a poem about the Fourth of July which may include beautiful imagery of fireworks and the rockets’ red glare. Get the picture? It could be about any number of things, right? You just never know what I might come up with. This will be my challenge.
I will be posting these blog entries as usual, but if you’d like to read them, you can also find them in a few different ways, which I have listed below:
- In the sidebar located on the right side, you will see the image of Red-Letter Saturday. If you click on the image, it will bring up this page that you are on right now. In the lower section of this page is a menu which lists all the Red-Letter Saturday posts. To read a particular one; for instance, the Medal of Honor, all you need to do is click on the words, Medal of Honor, and you will be brought to the Medal of Honor post.
- In the sidebar located on the right side, you will see the heading, What Do I Write About? This section is just like a table of contents and lists all the categories that I have written blog posts for. The categories are listed in alphabetical order. Some bloggers list their categories in a list or a drop down menu, but I prefer using a category cloud, which is how I have them in this section. I just like the way it looks, but that’s just me! Anyway, if you’ll notice, you can see that Red-Letter Saturday is listed among the categories in this category cloud. All you need to do is click on the words, Red-Letter Saturday, and a page will come up with all the posts for Red-Letter Saturday right there for you to read.
- In the sidebar located on the right side, you will notice that I have a calendar. When I post a blog entry, the date will turn red for that particular date. Therefore, if you’d like to see what I wrote for a particular Red-Letter Saturday, all you need to do is click on a Saturday that is in red, and all the posts for that day will come up. Pretty nifty, right? I do want to mention, however, that my calendar’s first day of the week is Wednesday, not Sunday, because the first entry I ever made in this blog was on a Wednesday. I know – it takes some getting used to. But the good news is that it puts Saturday exactly in the middle of the week, which is good news if you’re specifically looking for Red-Letter Saturday posts, right?
- And finally, at the very top there is a menu with several different listings, and one of them is Red-Letter Saturday. If you click on this, it will bring you back to this page and you can find the menu for all the Red-Letter Saturdays that I have written posts for listed in the menu below.
I hope that you will enjoy reading my weekly Red-Letter Saturday feature as much as I enjoy writing them. I would truly love to hear what you think about my weekly feature. For instance, do you have any suggestions for improvement? What’s good about the feature? What don’t you like about it?
And if there are any of you who would like to join me in writing for Red-Letter Saturday, let me know. I’d love to start a group. Wouldn’t that be exciting? So drop me a line and let’s see if we can get something started!
In the meantime, I hope that you have a RED-LETTER DAY! 🙂
RED-LETTER SATURDAY POSTS:
- July 12, 1862: Red-Letter Saturday #1: “Medal of Honor”
- July 19, 1935: Red-Letter Saturday #2: “The Parking Meter”
- July 26, 1775: Red-Letter Saturday #3: “The United States Post Office”
- August 2, 1865: Red-Letter Saturday #4: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”
- August 23, 1963: Red-Letter Saturday #5: “She Loves You by the Beatles”
- March 14, 1794: Red-Letter Saturday #6: “The Cotton Gin”
- March 21, 2006: Red-Letter Saturday #7: “Twitter”
- April 4, 1818: Red-Letter Saturday #8: “The United States Flag”
- April 18, 1775: Red-Letter Saturday #9: “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”
- May 16, 1929: Red-Letter Saturday #10: “The Academy Awards”