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The New York Times recently reported that George Orwell has started blogging. Or, rather, his diaries are being put online daily as part of a new blog.

This is a fascinating blog to read. Each entry is 70 years old, to the day. His more political entries will begin appearing in early September. Right now, entries are mostly limited to daily observations about life in the summertime in England — gardens, weather, birds, etc. He also placed newspaper clippings in his diary, and these are put into the blog as well.

Serialized publications like these seem to make more sense online. With the Kindle and other linked devices, small and regular publication can reward readers and engage them routinely.

In fact, the diary is exactly akin to the blog, just a shift in media it took 70 years to accomplish. I’m glad to see the Orwell has made the leap.

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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. He has worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are his own.


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