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Blogging The War, Seventy Years Later
August 5, 2010 8:11 PM   Subscribe


 
This is pretty amazing. Well that, and the fact that The Focke Wulf 200 is not a pornographic movie title. Yet.
posted by joe lisboa at 8:24 PM on August 5, 2010


Don't you hate bloggers who write like they know what happened?
posted by parmanparman at 8:44 PM on August 5, 2010


Other postblogging Second World War projects, from Brett Holman's Airminded – he also has an aggregator for them.

I think this stuff is pretty neat. Airminded, previously, post-blogging the scareships ninety years on, post-blogging the Sudeten Crisis from 2008.
posted by The Bridge on the River Kai Ryssdal at 8:46 PM on August 5, 2010 [2 favorites]


Note to self: in 70 years, commence brainblogging Martin Cherett's text blog, daily.

TAKE THAT, FUTURE HISTORY OF THE PAST!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:59 PM on August 5, 2010 [2 favorites]


that's just a wee joke, not snark -- this is actually a moderately neato idea
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:04 PM on August 5, 2010


This is AWESOME.
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 9:05 PM on August 5, 2010


Spoiler Alert!
posted by leotrotsky at 9:06 PM on August 5, 2010


Godwin'd already.
posted by PlusDistance at 9:42 PM on August 5, 2010


The Russians win.
posted by Ironmouth at 9:52 PM on August 5, 2010


He should have waited for the war to end, before starting to blog about it. There may still be holdouts, and some countries are yet to formally end the war. Who knows how it may all end?
posted by vidur at 10:02 PM on August 5, 2010


This is amazing, I'm digging right in. Thank you.
posted by marble at 10:50 PM on August 5, 2010


The Australian War Memorial website has been blogging the diary of ANZAC soldier HV Reynolds since February.
posted by robotot at 10:55 PM on August 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wow, cool.
posted by allkindsoftime at 1:44 AM on August 6, 2010


The George Orwell Diaries retroblog is pretty interesting, publishing his 1940 day for day at the moment.
posted by TheophileEscargot at 2:01 AM on August 6, 2010


Yes, this is a great idea and I will read this!

What other history blogs are being written? There must be someone out there blogging the American Civil War, maybe someone is blogging the British Civil War. Right now I am stuck in the middle ages so a Black Plague Blog would definitely be something I would want to read. Something like a Lewis and Clark Blog or a Mayflower voyage Blog would need some fictional exposition to flesh it out. It would take someone with an intense interest in the subject, with plenty of time on their hands, good research skills, and no desire to write a book. However if it is well done, a history blog could draw readers for many years and it would never become outdated.

Get in on the ground floor-- start your History Blog Today!
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 5:11 AM on August 6, 2010


This is a great idea I'd never heard done on the 'net. For a long time, I've wanted to go to newspapers archives, and follow the day to day American reports on events in Germany in the 30s, to get a sense of how it was perceived without the narrative arc handed down to us.
posted by bendybendy at 5:21 AM on August 6, 2010




Right now I am stuck in the middle ages so a Black Plague Blog would definitely be something I would want to read.

Day 205: Dieter is dead. Hans still screaming from the pain. Saw a double rainbow today. What does it mean? Noticed swollen buboes under my arm.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:33 AM on August 6, 2010


I am stuck in the middle ages so a Black Plague Blog would definitely be something I would want to read.

Maybe somebody could blog A Journal of the Plague Year?
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 10:58 AM on August 6, 2010


If you like reading in chronological order from oldest to newest like I do, I found this tidbit in a comment by WCityMike in the Orwell diary blog thread (which I found via the related links at the bottom of this thread).

Since it's a WordPress blog, adding "?orderby=date&order=ASC" to the blog's URL will let you read the posts in chronological order.

Both that blog and this blog are WordPress-powered.

This is the greatest thing I've learned in the past month, I think!
posted by marble at 11:45 AM on August 6, 2010


Day 205: Dieter is dead. Hans still screaming from the pain. Saw a double rainbow today. What does it mean? Noticed swollen buboes under my arm.

Thank you for that, Cool Papa Bell, that will keep me going for a couple of days.

I laughed when I came back and read my own post-- 5 minutes after I wake up in the morning I write like a 7 year old. Who knew?
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 11:52 AM on August 6, 2010


This far in, and we've had no snark about the war starting here or here (or even here). Not very metafiltery.
posted by wilful at 11:47 PM on August 8, 2010


Or even here, wilful.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 3:45 AM on August 9, 2010


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