Ever wondered what Alexander the Great’s blog would have been like if he’d had the technology? Or Shakespeare’s? Or Joan of Arc’s?
Wonder no more, for since 1721 generations of patient researchers have been unearthing not only these but also such gems of bloggery as the carpentry weblog of Jesus of Nazareth, Noah’s Digital Request for Pairs of Living Creatures and Julius Caesar’s Thoughts on the Ides of March.
It would be in 1912, after presenting one hundred and ninety one years of discoveries to the international scientific community in New York City, that investors would step in to help establish the World Organization for Manuscript Preservation* and erect the worldwide headquarters in the museum district of Stockholm, Sweden. To this day, the W.O.M.P. continues its quest (under the curatorship of Paul Davidson) to uncover and preserve history’s most important voices through the sharing of their digital documents and cyber-journals. The year 2006 marks the first time in W.O.M.P.’s extended history that such documents have become available to the general public via the publishing of the archival compendium entitled The Lost Blogs.
The Lost Blogs:From Jesus to Jim Morrison–The Historically Inaccurate and Totally Fictitious Cyber Diaries of Everyone Worth Knowing will soon be available in print here and here. Meanwhile, extracts from some of these (a)historical blogs are available on the W.O.M.P website here. I find some of them more ribtickling than others. My favourite is from Alexander the Great’s Great Weblog:
Alexander the Great on how great his blog is:
“I have seen other blogs and I must be honest in telling you all that this blog would crush all other blogs if they were given weapons and set against each other in a blog-like coliseum of sorts. In fact, if this blog was unarmed and was put face to face in a battle with other blogs that were all given some kind of heavy weapon, this blog would still destroy all other blogs. That’s a pretty great blog (one that can destroy other armed blogs with its bare hands) if you ask me which you probably are asking at this very moment, which is why I’ve answered. Because had I not answered, well, this blog would not be as great as we all know it is.”
Runner up (for me) is Joan of Arc’s blog about her struggle to get a website URL per God’s request. Which is your favourite? And which other great characters from history would have blogged? I think we should be told…