I’m delighted to report that the Orwell Diaries blog, set up and run by the Media Standards Trust (well, Gavin who sits opposite me to be precise) has made it to the shortlist of the Webbys.
It has been nominated by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for Best Culture/Personal Blog, along with 1000 Awesome Things, Design Observer, Indexed, and TreeHugger.
If, like me (though I’m biased), think the Orwell Diaries blog is great – you can vote for it at http://pv.webbyawards.com/. Please do, it has been a labour of love for Gavin who, as well as coming up with the idea and getting the entries uploaded from the Orwell archive (courtesy of the Orwell Estate) has carefully linked the entries to Google Maps, Wikipedia, BBC Gardening, and many many other weird and wonderful sites. The blog even has the notes from Peter Davison’s Complete Works of Orwell to contextualise some of his references.
Some of my favourite entries track Orwell’s route from London to Morocco in 1938. You can not only see his sea route to Marrakech but see a picture of the boat he travelled on and the dock from which it set sail. Soon (after quite a lengthy period writing about eggs) he will start to describe the build up to the Second World War.
You’ve got a week or two left to vote at http://pv.webbyawards.com/- winners will be announced on Tuesday 5th May.