Hi! My name is Claire, but you can call me Dory (like all my best friends do). Or, the Hisdoryan.
I live in rural Mid Wales with my husband, our golden labrador Bella, three chickens and a rooster. I work in regional development, but my first love has always been history.
When I was younger, I would choose visiting a historic house over a theme park every single time. I even remember the first history book I bought. I was six years old and had gone to the Ebbw Vale Garden Festival with my family. I bought a kids book from the National Trust stand all about a lady who live in Ham House. I remember her brunette hair and her pink and blue dress – and I remember falling in love with this magical world of the past.
It was no surprise to anyone that knew me that I chose to study history at university. I now spend most of my free time doing some sort of historical related activity – be that visiting a historical site, working on my family tree or catching up on some historical fiction.
Why a history blog?
If you had told me at the start of this year I would be running a history blog, I probably would have laughed at you. I love history, but just didn’t have the time to devote to something like blogging.
But then I got ill. I was off work for nearly six months, and my cognitive function got seriously impaired. Some days I really struggled to string sentences together, never mind be in the right head space to work. I’ve always been proud of the vast amounts of information I was able to retain and process – cue my victory on TV game show Pointless as evidence – so the fact my brain just wasn’t working got me really down and depressed.
As I started slowly getting better, I wanted to test my brain. I knew I couldn’t do all the things I was able to before, but I wanted to see if I could learn new things and retain them. I’d been spending a lot of my time off work doing history-related things, and struck upon the idea to start a history blog. I had never built a website before, but if I could do that and run a ‘proper’ blog, that meant my recovery was going in the right direction.
And I did it! The Hisdoryan blog was born! And I quickly became addicted to sharing amazing stories from history with other people. I’m glad to say I’m now back in work full time. I admit some weeks its a struggle to fit in blogging around my job – especially when my job involves quite a bit of travel – but I think it’s better to be realistic about what I can produce and remember why I fell into blogging in the first place.
History doesn’t need to be boring – in fact, I think its one of the most exciting and dynamic subjects you can choose to study. History has created the world we live in today, and can teach us lessons for the future too. Who wouldn’t want to learn about the thousands of years of history that has made them who they are today?
My main aim is to share interesting facts and stories from history – but using modern means. History can be just as relevant for millenials. I’ve been using Instagram to document my historical wanderings, and I’ve been amazed by the number of friends who have told me they have loved learning about the hidden histories of the places I have visited – often places right on their doorstep, full with fascinating stories waiting to be told.
It is now my mission to tell these stories I have uncovered. I’m really excited to be part of a community of young professional and amateur historians telling these stories via social media and the internet.
Work with me!
If you’re interested in being featured on the Hisdoryan blog, want to collaborate or there’s a historical topic you want me to tackle please contact me on social media or by email on email@example.com. I would love to hear from you.