Writers and Historians, lend me your ears—and maybe your fingers.
There are times when you will have a harebrained idea that just begs to be researched and written up. You know it is silly. You know it isn’t even provable considering the sources you’ve found.
Here is my advice: just write it.
There will be a ton of topics that are serious, and rightly so. There will be topics you bleed for, and rightly so. But there are also topics that just make you laugh, and what usually happens is that your readers will laugh, as well, and they will remember. The stuff you sweated over, stayed with night after night to get “just right,” and source so impeccably—well, those are great. They will get a few hits, and maybe an “Atta Girl/Boy,” if you are lucky.
But when a gem like “War Chicken” wanders across your path, go for that, as well. Every year since I wrote it, the post has been read by many. The United Daughters of the Confederacy used it in a cookbook. Chris M. and I have discussed, “The chicken, the blog post, the t-shirt,” several times. It is a story that continues to have legs (beyond just the drumsticks!).
As much as I would love to be known for the work I have done so seriously, I have decided it is better to be remembered for something rather than nothing. Yeah–go for it.
Ladies and Gentlemen, may we present “War Chicken“?
(Editor’s Note: “War Chicken,” which originally ran on February 20, 2012, perpetually remains one of ECW’s most popular posts of all time.)