Welcome to The Digitorian, a WordPress blog dedicated to the emerging disciplines of Digital History and the Digital Humanities. My name is Robert Ranstadler, freelance content creator and all-around history buff. I created this blog for a variety of reasons but the three main objectives of The Digitorian are:
- To provide an open forum where digital historians can share their expertise with the greater scholastic and public communities at large. From intellectuals practicing their craft within the “ivory towers” of academia to the millions of amateur historians around the world, this blog was crafted with historical and historiographic enthusiasts in mind.
- To facilitate a joint exploration of the past, its impact on our present, and its influence on the future. Studying history is an incredibly enriching experience, albeit a rigorous and sometimes tedious pursuit. Digital technology offers several exciting new alternatives to traditional research, with the important potential of keeping history relevant in a world of mindless social media campaigns and vapid viral videos. Bridging the gap between the distant past and an unpredictable future is a necessary step in maintaining our collective humanity. No matter how fast the march forward, we must pause to consider from whence we came, lest we lose sight of our destination.
- To enhance my personal development and share that journey with others. Recently retiring from a twenty-year-long career in the U.S. Marines, I turned my focus towards education and the path ahead. I managed to complete a B.S. in History, just prior to my retirement, graduated with a M.A. in Military History at the end of June 2017, and recently turned to a full-time career in freelance writing. I started this blog to explore, research, and share many of my personal and professional interests with similar minded scholars. Eventually, I plan to incorporate any applicable revelations into my other work featured on ronranwrites.com
Thank you for visiting The Digitorian and please feel free to stop back frequently. I plan to provide regular updates concerning many of the above-mentioned topics, while simultaneously increasing my familiarity with the blogging process and other related platforms. Constructive feedback and suggestions are always welcomed. Attach any applicable comments to my upcoming posts or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you may tweet me @robranwrites, find me on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/robranwrites, or visit my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/robranwrites/.
– R. C. Ranstadler
“The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.”