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veen  ·  2577 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Grand Union Flag

First, happy 4th of July!

Second, I think you can get more out of your blog if you explain more about the flag. Here are some questions you could get more content out of:

- what do the red and white stripes symbolize?

- why is it in the top corner? I've seen more maps do that, like Australia's.

- why is it called a canton?

- why was it hoised on a ship before anywhere else?

- what do you think is interesting about this map?

- by what flag was it replaced?

- did the flag play an interesting role in history and / or culture?

I'm personally much more interested in the story behind the flags than simply the facts. I can get facts from Wikipedia (not that you should remove facts, I just think it shouldn't be the main focus). You've studied a lot of flags, so I want to know why this is an interesting flag to you. I hope this helps!

NewlyLostAgain  ·  2577 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Wow, thank you for the tips. I thought that keeping the posts short and sweet keep people viewing each day, due to wall of text. I'll definitely post more info and personal points of view from now on!! Thanks again!

veen  ·  2577 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No problem. Think of it this way: if it's good, does it matter how long it is? Another idea is that you could write every other day and use that extra day to research more. It really depends on what you want to tell / show people. It seems to me like you're just telling how it is (and in this year that happened, and in that year this happened) and while there are things you can learn from that, it doesn't put the ideas on the first place.

Think about what goal you want to have with the blog besides writing it up. If you want to focus on a historical account of flags, maybe think of the role and context that lead to the creation of this flag. Congress wanted a new flag, why did they want that, and does it make sense in historical context? If you're more into design / symbology, maybe you could write something about the color use, the placement of the stars, why they chose stars etc. You know your field better than I do.

In the end, all we have is perspective.