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Friday, September 23, 2023
FFM: Bloggers from the Past
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 7:29 am

Today’s Friday Fun Meme Challenge is based on a post I saw over at the Public Brewery a while back, wherein Paul suggested that Mark Twain probably would’ve been a great blogger.

So, here’s the challenge: name five people (or more) from the past whom you think would’ve been great bloggers. Bonus points if your list is thematic.

My list is Revolutionary Era Bloggers:

1. Benjamin Franklin. Clearly Poor Richard would’ve had a blog.

2. Alexander Hamilton. Not only was he a prolific writer, he was passionate and probably would’ve been the person on my list most likely to revel in the instantaneous nature of blogging–perhaps to his detriment at times.

3. Thomas Paine. Forget pamphlets, let’s go blogging!

4. John Adams/Abigail Adams. Certainly they both were prolific writers. They would have preferred the “personal journal” style of blogging, one would think.

5. Samuel Adams. Surely blogging would have been a fantastic forum for this Son of Liberty to decry the injustices foisted on the Colonies by the British.

6. Madison: I imagine his would be a more scholarly type of blog.

I will also say that there ain’t no way George Washington would’ve had a blog–too stoic/guarded for such public writing. Further, I can’t see Jefferson with a blog, as he seems to have preferred more deliberate writing–plus I don’t think his sensibilities would have allowed him to take the negative public feedback that can come with blogging.

So, whatcha got? Philosophers? Authors? Other politicians? Comedians?

Feel free to jump in. If you link from your own blog, note that inline trackbacks and pingbacks are now working, so as log as you send one, you’ll get a link below. Also: if your blog doesn’t have trackback capability, you can use the link below to send a manual trackback.


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    1. […] ay Meme
      Posted by: John Hay @ 9:24 am Filed under: Blogosphere, Pros and Cons

      Poliblog has issued a meme challenge asking people to submit people of the past who would have been good blogg […]

      Pingback by Pros and Cons » Friday Meme — Friday, September 23, 2023 @ 9:21 am

    2. 1. Emily Dickinson….The name of her blog would be…”I’m Nobody!Who are You? Of course her profile would reveal nothing about her personally. She would keep her anonymity.

      2. John Greenleaf Whittier….The name of his blog would be Laus Deo.

      3. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow….The name of his blog would be Excelsior.

      Comment by Laura Lee Donoho — Friday, September 23, 2023 @ 11:35 am

    3. I like the idea of figuring out what their blogs would be called.

      Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Friday, September 23, 2023 @ 11:51 am

    4. Yes, I am utterly convinced that James Madison would be a more scholarly type of blogger.

      I can’t say what he would call his blog, but I bet he’d have a nice banner photo of his beautful home across the top of the page.

      Comment by Matthew — Friday, September 23, 2023 @ 8:35 pm

    5. And maybe even a cool quote from the Federalist Paper

      Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Friday, September 23, 2023 @ 8:52 pm

    6. […] loggers from the past
      Posted by Bryan S. under Blogging

      Following Poliblog’s Friday Fun Meme for this week: So, here’s the challenge: name five people (or more) from the past whom you […]

      Pingback by » Bloggers from the past » Arguing with signposts… » Blog Archive — Friday, September 23, 2023 @ 9:41 pm

    7. Isn’t it obvious that Madison, Jay, and Hamilton would make a group blog together? Dare we call them “The Federalist Bloggers”? (Or if they take after the Volokh crowd, “The Federalist Conspiracy.”)

      I can just imagine the kind of comments when Madison and Hamilton are on vacation, too: “What’s with all these posts by John? We want to read stuff from Alex and James again!”

      Comment by Matthew J. Stinson — Saturday, September 24, 2023 @ 3:30 am

    8. How about Faulkner. It could be called “What my mind Thinks”.

      Of course noone could read it because he can’t be understood…don’t believe the lies that those English professors tell you. They don’t understand him either.

      Comment by clint — Saturday, September 24, 2023 @ 8:13 am

    9. Friday Meme (A Day Late)

      OK, my theme will be World War II. The opportunities for flame wars would abound.

      Trackback by Overtaken by Events — Saturday, September 24, 2023 @ 12:44 pm

    10. Rudyard Kipling

      Name: “Never the Twain Shall Meet”

      Comment by Kathy K — Saturday, September 24, 2023 @ 5:41 pm

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