It’s Blogging Day!

LONDON (Reuters) – What you had for breakfast on Tuesday could make history.That meal, or perhaps the way you went to work or what you saw on TV on this one day, Tuesday October 17 are wanted by a Web site hoping to create a national online archive.

The National Trust is aiming to create Britain’s biggest blog as part of its History Matters campaign.

The blogs can include everyday events, but bloggers are encouraged to include an historical twist, even if it is only to describe watching a repeat of “The Two Ronnies.”

October 17 has been chosen deliberately as “an ordinary’ Tuesday of no particular significance.”

Early entries have included descriptions of missing lectures, getting stuck in traffic jams on the way to work and a blog from a girl who wears red braces and enjoys playing rugby.

The historical snapshots are to be stored by the British Library as a permanent historical record of our national life.

A spokesman for the National Trust said: “We want as many people as possible to record a ‘blog’ diary of this one day.

“This is a one off, one day diary done on a mass scale — that will itself make history and can be a resource for historians in the future.

“We want to urge people participating to reflect in their diaries how history itself impacted on them that day — whether it be simply commuting through an historic environment, discussing family history, watching repeats on TV, or listening to mum’s incessant 80s pop.”

Those wanting to take part should do the following:

* Blogs should be a diary of Tuesday October 17, and be no longer than 1,000 words.

* Log on to the History Matters Web site at www.nationaltrust.org.uk and follow the instructions on how to upload your blog.

* Blogs can be uploaded until October 31

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