Britain’s biggest blog

I caught this news on BBC and think it is cool to make it a ‘Hari Ini Dalam Sejarah’ (a day in history) via blogs.  After all, maybe in another 50 years time, our future generations may laugh at us for the mundane stuffs we do like sitting in front of this huge monster of a computer monitor, writing about the lunch we eat or the shoes we buy.  Come to think of it, I wonder how popular blogs will be in another 10 years, 20 years time?

Thousands of people across Britain are expected to contribute to a project aiming to create an online archive of a day in the life of the country.

The National Trust is encouraging people to record a diary of their day on a website, as part of what is being called “Britain’s biggest blog”.

The blogs will then be stored by the British Library and at other locations.

The trust says it will create a “fascinating social history archive” of everyday life for future generations.

Tuesday has been picked as an “ordinary day much like any other of no particular national significance”.

National Trust director general Fiona Reynolds said: “We want this day to have its own place in history and be a snapshot of everyday life at the beginning of the 21st Century.

“It would be fantastic if hundreds of thousands of people take up this opportunity for mass online participation… and make it the biggest blog ever.”

The trust says the emphasis does not have to be on recording exciting events.

Historian Dan Snow said they had wanted to choose a “run-of-the-mill day”.

He said: “What we want this to be is a detailed account of people’s normal lives when they’re doing nothing out of the ordinary; what they did when they got up, what they ate, how they got to work, what they did at work.

“It’s those mundane details, those boring details that will seem extraordinary to people hundreds of years in the future.”

David Cannadine, of the Institute for Historical Research, said: “The wonderful thing about these records is we don’t yet know what it is about them that will be interesting in the future.

“It may be that historians in the future will be amazed that on 17 October 2006 we were still eating meat or driving privately owned cars.”

To get involved people should:

  • Record a diary of their day – it can be anything from 100 to 650 words long

  • Log on to the History Matters website (via the link to the right), and follow the instructions on uploading their blog/diary

  • Diaries can be uploaded from 17 to 31 October 2006

  • Urge friends, family and colleagues to do the same

  • Watch the History Matters website for details of how the archive can be accessed in the future


    I am copying and pasting all these here and hope this post still remains online in three years time.  That’s the number of years I paid for this domain.  Hope I have money to pay for a decade of domain ownership soon.

    Post Author: lilian