In an ideal world, I would be able to keep up with one long-form and multiple “shorts” posts per week but again and again, I fail. The thing that trips me up are clusters of doctor appointments (especially if there are medication changes) and minor flares related to chronic illness. I don’t like to focus on my health because that’s not the point of this project, but it is the reason for delays. So I thought that instead of my usual hide-until-you’re-better MO, that I would just be open with you. But if you’re squeamish about chronic illness and/or not particularly interested in me as a person beyond TBH, no hard feelings, feel free to skip the next paragraph.
Over the past two weeks, it began with the usual few days of severe body aches following an infusion (I get them every eight weeks, nbd). Then I think I picked up a stomach bug at another appointment a few days later, which due to the infusions and other immunosuppressants I don’t shake off as quickly as a healthy person. I had a week of videos scheduled and I kept trying to work… but if you’ve ever been racked by a car accident, or got slammed around in a mosh pit, and had a stomach flu at the same time… for two weeks…. then you can imagine how difficult it was to get work done. -4/10 do not recommend. Thankfully, I am starting to feel better but I’m not sure how quickly I will be able to post new content.
The next installation of the Jane Austen series (What Jane Thought of Motherhood) is still in draft form, 5th draft, and my biggest issue is organizing the sections into a good flow and cutting it down. There are always plenty of Rabbit Holes out there, but I feel like I need to focus on my original research before taking time out to work on them– though I suppose that’s not how the Almighty Algorithm feels about it. However, I am still working, new things will be posted and hopefully soon.
My goal has been to get 1000 Youtube subscribers by the end of the year so I can finally monetize my channel and get access to the community tab features (polls, memes, quick messages, etc) but I left social media entirely last year, both my personal and my TBH accounts, so promotion is a problem. If you use social media and would like to help me out, please share my channel or videos (and/or become a patron!)
Upcoming topics from the 18th and 19th centuries; yes, I have been on a classic lit kick.
- What Did Jane Austen Think About: Motherhood, Marriage, and Becoming a Mother.
- Analysis of Tristram Shandy and Lawrence Sterne’s ideas about Georgian Reproduction
- Reproductive History of Mary Shelley
- Overview of changing childbirth in 18th century Europe
- section of Book of Chyldren (1544), advice on selecting wetnurses and how to increase lactation
- section of Byrth of Mankinde (1542 edition), advice on newborn care, and possibly the advice on getting pregnant
- sections from Indian Babies: How to Keep Them Well (1916)— a doozy. Might end up as longer-form research project
- Olmec babies (for OG TBH followers, yes, I’m prepared to tackle this again– its just such a big topic but I have gained access to new research databases!)
- The Cholmondeley Ladies portrait
And from the 20th century, just for fun: Analysis of The Simpsons early baby story episodes and possibly looking at how the stories changed through the series. My initial look at Simpsons-related scholarly research was overwhelming, I had no idea there would be so much. So that’s promising.
And I would really like to do a Halloween themed, spooky project for October… maybe How To Tell If Your Baby Is A Changeling? (Hint: if you’re asking the question, the answer is Yes.)
But as always, if you have ideas for research you’d like to see me tackle, or even just a Rabbit Holes suggestion, please let me know! I’d love to hear from you.
Book and Baby Historian, frolicking through archives. Panics when low on chocolate rations. Will embarrass self in any social situation to point out or pet other people's dogs. Habitual stumbler, peppermint tea drinker. People watcher, pizza slayer.