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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will you make a post about some aspect of the Arab/Israeli Conflict?

A: No. I do not feel that my blog is the right platform for that conversation.

Q: Why do you post about Jews so much?

A: I study Jewish history at the graduate level. My posts are derived from what I study—formally and informally—so there will be many posts about Jewish history on here.

Q: Why don’t you post more about _____?

A: I post what I know. If you would like to see a post about _____, then you may request it. I cannot promise to write posts about all of the requests I receive. I would like to, but researching a topic in a part of history I have never studied before takes up a huge amount of of time, and my graduate work takes up most of the time I do have. However, I will do my best to either fill the request, or make a post about the subject area.

Q: Why haven’t you answered my question? Are you ignoring me?

A: I promise I am not ignoring you! I do this weird introvert thing where I reach a point where I suddenly become overwhelmed by written communication so I’m like “omg this message is so nice! I will answer it tomorrow,” and then a week later I’m like “Oh no they must think I hate them!” and it becomes this weird cycle of guilt. I’m pretty sure Hyperbole and a Half has done a comic about this…

Q: Why did you turn off anonymous asks?

I’ve been around the internet long enough to know that nothing good can come from inviting anonymous commenters into your life. If readers without tumblr accounts want to get in touch with me, they can reach me at historicitywasalreadytaken@gmail.com.

Q: Why haven’t you been making posts regularly?

A: Graduate school is incredibly time consuming, and sometimes 100% of my time and mental energy must be put towards my coursework.

Q: What is the origin of your URL?

A: When I decided to make a history blog I wanted to call it “historicity” because I really like that word. But that URL was already taken. So I decided to call it HISTORICITY (was already taken).

Q: Can I cite your blog in a paper I’m writing? How do I go about doing that?

A: Please do not cite my blog in a paper. This blog does not contain peer reviewed material, and is thus not an appropriate source for a paper. On the Further Reading page I list all of the peer reviewed books from which I either derived content, or which are related to my content. If that page is not helpful, I would be happy to help you locate other peer reviewed sources. You can, however, cite me if I ever manage to get published in a scholarly journal. I’ll let you know if/when that happens.

Q: Have you made a post about _____?

A: If you take a look at the tag page, you may be able to find it.

Q: Can you recommend a book about ____?

A: Check the Further Reading page! You might find just what you’re looking for. If you cannot find what you are looking for, then please do not hesitate to ask.

Q: Who are you?

A: About Me.

Q: Will you help me with my homework?

A: I am happy to help you figure out how to narrow down a research assignment to a topic you like, or how to find good, scholarly sources. Outside of that, no; you’ll never learn if I do it for you.