Just a quick post. I’ve been trawling around Twitter for the last six weeks or so (ok, so I’m a latecomer) trying to weedle out interesting tweets on history, mostly by looking at #history comments, checking which history bloggers also have twitter accounts and looking at who history people follow (mmm cyber stalking). However, being a reclusive type it didn’t occur to me to just ask. This is what Katrina Gulliver (@KatrinaGulliver) has done and it seems to be working: http://www.katrinagulliver.com/fieldnotes.html . I expect that I shall be stalking perusing the list and following them myself soon enough.
Now, I’m not entirely sure if I’ll be on the list and this got me to thinking; what qualifies a person to be called a ‘historian’? I have academic qualifications in history, so in one sense I am a Master of History, but on the other I have not undertaken any substantive piece of historical research or writing since graduating. On the other hand, I’ve always kinda felt like a historian deep down. Do the (occasional) posts and tweets on history make me one? Do I get to decide if I am a historian? Hmm, answers on the back of a postcard.