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Blog Challenge: Who Would You Like To See Blog From History?

Kate Blogs asks us who would you like to see blogging from the past:

The blogging world contains everyone from politicians to tea-ladies, best selling authors to paper-boys. In a way, having access to such a wonderful new technology makes one feel a little sorry for people in the past. At one time, if someone had thoughts they wished to share with the world they had to go to the trouble and expense of getting their material printed, packaged and published. Alternatively, they could seek out a publisher, but only the lucky few were fortunate enough to be granted a contract.

I was pondering this subject yesterday and I came up with a couple of ideas about potential bloggers from the past. First, there are people who would have taken to blogging like the proverbial duck to water. The obvious choice is the famous diarist, Samuel Pepys who would surely have welcomed the opportunity to share his observations about 17th century life with the wider world. I also think Winston Churchill would have been an active blogger. Although, most famous for his political and military activities, he was also a prolific writer (he won a Nobel Literature prize) and I have a feeling he would have wasted no time in purchasing winny.com and blogging from the beaches, in the air, and everywhere…

Think back deep into the past. Whose blog would you like to read if blogging were around for famous writers like Irving Stone, Issac Asimov, Tolkien, Mark Twain, and Agatha Christie? Or philosophers and scientists like Plato, Socrates, Newton, and Einstein? Famous kings, presidents, rulers? Or common folk from specific time periods?

Your this week is to blog about who you would like to see blog from the past, and what do you think their blogs would be like?

Don’t just name names. You have some creative choices here. You can blog about who you would like to see blog from the past, explaining what their blog would be like and the topics you expect they would cover, and maybe even add some character descriptions about how they would write their blog.

Or, why not take this a step further into an acting class lesson and blog a blog post as if you were that famous someone from the past and blog as if they were blogging. It’s a chance to blog in another’s shoes. Willing to risk?

This is one of many I offer semi-weekly to help kick your blogging ass. For more challenges, see the category.

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8 Comments

  1. Posted May 28, 2007 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    I would not dare to try imitating his style, but I evoked the possibility that we might consider Proust’s work as a blog. That’s how I read him, and it becomes are very nice reading experience.

  2. Posted May 29, 2007 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    My Mum.

  3. Posted May 29, 2007 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    And what would a blog by your Mum sound like? Inspirational? Nagging? Worrying? Facts and figures? Editorial commentaries on life? Educational?

  4. J.T Dabbagian
    Posted May 29, 2007 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Lol, Plato? The man who thought the written word was full of baloney? He wouldn’t blog to save his life. Aristotle? Maybe. I personally would like to see Mark Twain and Johnathan Swift blog, as well as FDR. He’d probably have put blogging to good use.

    You know what? I’ll try to do it!

  5. Posted May 31, 2007 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    I’ll do it! I’m going to write about Benjamin Franklin, who would have been a superb and prolific blogger…

  6. Posted May 31, 2007 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Hello again. I’ve just finished my story about Benjamin Franklin’s blogging life. I hope this is where I should leave a link to it. Enjoy.

  7. Posted June 1, 2007 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    Ok, this sounds like fun. I’ve just posted my first blog-as-somebody-else… thanks for the idea!

  8. Posted June 7, 2007 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Edited my blog-as-someone-you’re-not a little. I know it may be offensive to some, but it’s really ment to be humorous. Ow, and Lorelle, the pingback doesn’t seem to arrive, somehow…

    By the way, you’re last name is VanFossen? Does that point to a dutch heritage? It resembles the Dutch last name ‘van Vossen’ (‘from the fox’)…


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