How to Become a History Buff!

What is a History Buff?

There are a lot of people that consider themselves History Buffs, but are they really? Does it depend on how much you likeHistory Buff- Like History? or enjoy historical subjects? There is no way for some one to know everything about a historic subject, so what is the scale? How much do you need to know to be considered a buff?

It seems the phrase History Buff is thrown around a lot. Over 800 people on Twitter consider themselves to be History Buffs, while over 23,000 people mention history in their profile. History Buffs Love The History Channel page on Facebook has over 4,000,000 Likes! How can you become a History Buff?

How to become a History Buff:

  1. Choose a time period or subject – figure out what topic gets you excited about. What do you want to know more about? Did you watch a movie that made you want to learn more? Maybe some history movies [amazon_link id=”B000Q6GX5Y” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]300[/amazon_link] got you thinking about Ancient Greece and the Spartans, or [amazon_link id=”B003LL3N1I” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Saving Private Ryan[/amazon_link] made you think about World War II.   Check out our History Gift Guide for more ideas!
  2. Go to your local library – find all the non-fiction history books you can about your specific subject and start reading. Remember sometimes you might need some background information to give you a better understanding about your subject. If you are reading about the Roman Empire, you should understand the Roman Republic that came before it.
  3. Check Amazon or Local Bookstore – if you find a book you really like or a new book comes on the market, it might be time to purchase your own copy.   (List of History Books)
  4. Check the Television ListingsThe History Channel is dedicated to all sorts of historical subjects, check to see if there is a show or documentary about your topic. Channels such as, A&E, TLC, PBS, and others air documentaries all time. Make sure you don’t miss one on your topic.
  5. Take Notes – write down all the facts that you think are important. Highlight and write in the margins in your books. Make sure you keep all the information together for quicker reference.
  6. Join Online Discussion Groups – search Google for history discussion groups were you can discuss your topic with other people knowledgeable about it.
  7. Find Historical Societies or Museums – check around for local historical societies or museums that maybe related to the subject you are studying.
  8. Review and Reread – review what you have learned about your topic and reread some of your favorite books. You might find something that you missed the first time around.
  9. Expand Your Topic – once you have gone through all the sources on your subject, think about expanding your topic. There is probably an area you read about related to your first subject that comes up over and over again, repeat these steps for the new topic.

So Biff Wants to be a History Buff!

Before you splat the label History Buff onto your Twitter profile, make sure you have followed the above steps to actually know something about your favorite history topic!

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