Woah, 2022 has flown by really quickly and now we are approaching 2023 in a few short days. So what did we accomplish with the blog over the past year?
First things first, I blew past 200 hundred posts at the start of the year and hit 300 posts in July. It is awesome to be able to accomplish this and not repeat a single documentary review! I was not even tempted to repeat a single documentary. I also saw an increase in traffic to the blog which was thrilling. I hope that my visitors are finding this a valuable resource to see in selecting documentaries for the classroom. My visitors came from Australia, Belgium, Finland, England, South Africa, France, and all over the United States which is cool to see. Even if Google AdSense does not see the value in my reviews, at least there are teachers and visitors out there who do. I am saving their time from reviewing and selecting documentaries themselves.
So I kicked off the year with documentaries on the Holocaust. There was one documentary: the Secret Diary of the Holocaust which I wanted to do for a while so I thought I might as well do a full month of Holocaust documentaries to help with Holocaust education. It was challenging to find documentaries on the Holocaust on YouTube but I am glad that found what I could.
For February, I knew I wanted to do the Lost Kingdoms of Africa series even though it was not on an official documentary website. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator for the series so that made me want to share these documentaries. I added some additional African American and African history documentaries to round out the month in February.
Then in honor of the Time Team coming back to YouTube I reviewed Thirty-One episodes of the Time Team for March and October sharing the new episodes of the Time Team as well. I may do other Thirty-One episodes of the Time Team for March or October for 2023 because this is an excellent addition to the teacher’s classroom. The history the team finds is interesting and Tony is a delightful narrator.
In April I went back to my regularly three times a week posting with a variety of documentaries on a variety of topics. Patricia Routledge’s bibliography Beatrix Potter was a delightful surprise that I had to share. I also brought in several reality-based historical TV series to review such as Victorian Bakers, Turn Back Time, and 1900’s House. I was thrilled to finally review the Stich in Time series with Amber Buchart because that is a demonstration of experimental-based history.
Then I found two excellent series: Tony Robinson’s Time Travels and Nations at War which concluded in August and September. At the start of August, I did put together my suggestion lists for the upcoming school year. This will be something I will continue with in the future as well.
November I did World War II and World War I documentaries like I did last year. Instead of doing Christmas documentaries in December I just did fun and frivolous documentaries for a history fun day in the classroom. This will be something I will do next year in December as well.
On top of the blogging, I did some updates to the website. I split off sections in my YouTube drop-down menu and created new sections. History Meets English and History Meets Geography were the new sections for 2022, as well as breaking off the World War II and Holocaust topics will make things easier to find for my visitors. As 2023 starts I will work to bring in new sections to my database. Stay tuned to this blog!
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