An Open Letter From The Historical Diaries – Big Updates & News For The Blog!

Hello Readers, I am writing a post today to go over and discuss some changes happening to The Historical Diaries. I know there has been a long break this past year and not a lot of blog post have appeared on the site. Now is a good idea to talk about the blog’s future.

The break and pause has been due to me returning to school for a college education. It was very important for me to take this step because after the death of my mom; I quit school and didn’t return for two years. I barely blogged and wrote in this time too. A lot of life changes occurred these last several years. Grief and depression over her death impacted me a lot. Losing my mom is not something I will ever truly “be over” and it will always be the main heartbreak of my life. She was very loved by those who knew her.

School is something I am very happy about, and currently I just started my third semester of my first degree and plan to transfer to a university after next year. I am not one-hundred percent decided on a path but am heavily considering going for a bachelor’s degree in history and masters in Librarian Information Science with the idea of becoming an archivist, librarian, or working in a museum. Nothing is set in stone yet, and I am still researching what path to take. At the moment, I am finishing my general education at a community college in San Diego in order to transfer to one of the state universities.

The future will hold lots of learning and writing!

Moving forward, I want to get back to blogging and my writing. I have never known or thought myself to be talented, but writing is something I am very proud of. I have a second blog called Samantha The Reader where I have posted short stories, poetry, and book reviews. It is very difficult for me to make the decision to close that blog; however, it is definitely something I need to do. While I am in school, I just don’t have the time to run two blogs full time with school, my job, and the kids. So my idea was to close that blog and blend it into this one. The Historical Diaries is my first love and true introduction into the blogging world. There is no way I want to set it aside. Now with that being said, The Historical Diaries will be under-going some changes as the other blog is blended in.

The changes are not too drastic and mostly additions. The Historical Diaries will expand from just history articles and documents. I want to express my love for non-fiction and fictional writing by including post involving classical literature and book reviews for non-fiction and historical fiction. Now as a writer one of my favorite things to do is tell stories and write short fictional pieces of work similar to what was written on Samantha The Reader, so I am going to be writing historical fiction to share here on the blog. I think making these additions and carrying those concepts I used on Samantha The Reader over into the Historical Diaries will allow me to create a blog I am very proud of. I am excited to focus my attention on writing for one blog sharing the love for history, writing, and reading!

The idea is to be very clear about what is a fictional story based on a time, event or period in history written by me versus the factual history articles and primary documents that my mind loves to explore. I promise readers will not have to guess what is fiction versus non-fiction. As for the classical literature I plan on writing some opinions, analysis and it’s historical background diving into the history including that of some of the best authors the world has ever seen. This plan definitely fits into my ideal blog and what I want to be as a writer; although, there is some nervousness about diving into a fictional aspect on this blog because that has not something I have attempted before. I would love to know what everyone thinks about this so please leave your comments and tell me your opinion. My intention is to bring this blog my best writing possible. History is a powerful life lesson.

Sincerely with love,

Samantha Jolene James

Author of The Historical Diaries and Samantha The Reader



22 thoughts on “An Open Letter From The Historical Diaries – Big Updates & News For The Blog!

  1. Dear Samantha, What you write is touching. I know what you mean and feel concerning your loss, about which I am very sorry. But you have got passion for studying and writing, and you are pouring a lot into it. I do like you Historical Diaries blog. Thanks for keeping it going.
    With my best wishes,


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    • Gianluca, Thank you very much for such a kind comment! Yes that is the goal going forward just put all my focus into this which I love. Your very kind! 🖤🖤🖤


  2. I am feeling some blogging time constraints as well, Samantha, so I understand your need to consolidate two blogs into one. I’m retired and blogging has been a retirement ‘lifeline’ for me, combining my two interests: writing and photography. I’ve had the good fortune – and privilege – of a good education (BSc, MSc, and PhD), so I can appreciate your desire to go back to college/university. It’s never too late to get into education. So, the best of luck with your studies, as well as carving out some ‘Samantha time’ for the odd blog post every now and then, when the muse grabs you. Take care!

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    • Lizette, I really think it would be an excellent fit for me! Thank you so much and I plan to write a whole ton. Im so excited about the blending into one blog!


  3. Congratulations on making the right decision re going back to school. Education is the best investment anyone can make, anytime, anywhere. Thus spake a lifelong academic. 😉
    Thanks for reading my blog and I’m looking forward to reading yours.

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    • Thank you for the support! Im so excited about everything going on in my life lately. I look forward to school and keeping this blog going. Look forward to seeing your post too! 🖤


  4. The truth is I only discovered this of through this post on your other blog. I feel sorry for your pain and grief but I am also glad that you are going ahead with a plan and a purpose! I wish you all the best!
    I love history and I will follow your posts and the discussion as closely as I can.

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  5. I totally understand wanting to blend both blogs; I’ve been considering the same as it is very difficult to keep up with two of them when life has so many other demands. I love what I’ve read so far; I look forward to future postings! Thank you for sharing!


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