How was October 17 for you?

Fifty years on from now history buffs will know that for Roger Turner of Staffordshire at least, it was something of a red letter day.

He was one of the 30,000-plus to have participated in the biggest ever 'blog in' in the world, conducted by the National Trust and destined to be archived by the British Library.

Mr Turner wrote: "A miracle! I received a call to say that I've been successful at a job interview and I should start in 2 to 3 weeks. My first proper job in years. Wanted to phone my Dad to tell him but the minimum amount for a phonecall is 40p and I just can't afford it. I've got #6.79 to last today and tomorrow.

"Really not done much but in my world this is a good day."

Participants like Mr Turner were asked to chronicle their day, paying note to any heritage they might of touched on – from a historical building they passed, to family history they happened across.

It was aimed at providing a snapshot of how people in 2006 thought, worked and relaxed, captured over one day for future generations.

The One Day in History exercise was part of the 'History Matters' campaign being conducted by English Heritage and the National Trust.

West Midlands residents have been enthusiastic in their response.

"The number of people taking part is growing by the day, and we've had a really broad range of people entering their blog, from schoolchildren to pensioners," said Sarah Tipping, a spokeswoman for the National Trust.

"The date was chosen deliberately as an 'ordinary' Tuesday of no particular national significance. For most people, October 17 was an ordinary day, filled with familiar tasks, surrounded by common sights and objects, and interspersed with encounters with familiar faces," she added.

Famous bloggers included politician Clare Short.

 To create an October 17 blog go to www.historymatters.org.uk.

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THE BLOGS

Clare Short, Ladywood, Birmingham.

I woke up at about 7 o'clock, turned on the radio and listened half dozing and half listening to the Today programme for about an hour. I had some squeezed orange juice for breakfast and went for an Alexander technique lesson.

I got the bus – the 87 – to the House of Commons and had a meeting with Cafod and mining exporters. We went to the Phillipines in the summer looking at a threatened expansion of mining. At 12.50 I walked up Whitehall to the National Gallery where I met the guy who did my book to talk about the state of the world and whether I have another book in me. I hope there is – a ‘why we are in a mess and how do we get out of it?’ book.

Later I did an interview with Midlands TV who are doing a programme about poverty. Ladywood, my constituency, is a consituency with a lot of poverty.

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Paul Miller, West Midlands

I woke up to a dark day, I still can't get used to the longer nights even at my age. Breakfast was muesli with milk, 'rabbit food' as my daughter calls it.

Today was very foggy, the journey to work in the car took longer than usual.  At work, a printers, I checked the email for any approved artwork or new orders. Drove home in less traffic than usual, that made up for this morning.

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Catherine Davies, Herefordshire

Today the alarm clock went off at 7.am and I was soon washed and dressed and downstairs having breakfast of grilled tomatoes on toast.

8.10 am locked the house and after wiping car windows dry, reversed out of my drive onto the road. It is a misty morning so the smell of apples as I pass the apple presses at the Cider Factory is very strong, but I think pleasant.

1.30pm, climbing back into my car to drive home after my 5 hours of office work, processing invoices, writing a couple of letters, answering the phone and any other chore that comes my way. I have worked since 1989 at this company. There are 10 employees at the moment and I am one of the worst paid, as I do the hours for the wages I know what gets paid.

As usual in such companies over 50 per cent of the wages bill goes to the bosses. Next in line is the men and the ladies are at the bottom of the pile when the hourly rates are worked out.

My evening will be a quiet one, reading and watching TV whilst my husband has a game of table tennis in the local league.

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Wendy Wraight, Staffordshire

After waking at 7am, and eating a breakfast of toast and cup of Earl Grey tea, I took my son, who is 16, to King Edward I School in Lichfield, Staffs, before driving to work in Walsall Wood, where I work part time for a car spares business.

My husband called to see me, as he had just returned back from a flight from from Bulgaria, where our daughter and son-in-law are hoping to open a restaurant in the ski resort of Bansko. On the evening we went to our ballroom dance class for beginners. We watched the BBC news at ten, before going to bed at 11pm.

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Ellie Ramsey, West Midlands

My alarm went off at 6.30 and I snoozed for half an hour (at regular five minute intervals). At seven I got up and got dressed - yesterday's clothes with clean underwear.

I got a lift in to work with my housemates. This was good, as they cooked me breakfast before we left. I was surprised at how much better I felt having eaten. We decided that we should eat porridge on a regular basis. Sometimes think I might be a bit young to have a pint of 'the usual' in my local, but hey, I'm hurtling towards middle age.

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Victor Keene, West Midlands

We have a visitor from the USA this week who has never been in England before and who we have not seen for 50 years. Today, 17th, we drove into the Cotswolds. There was no sun, rather foggy at first degenerating into drizzle, but the golden stone of the villages was enough to light up the day.

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Debbie Holmes, Staffordshire

My day began at 07.15 and my journey to work began at 07.55, it then took me almost 2 hours to travel 26 miles to my place of work as a university lecturer. Despite the radio the journey is tedious and allows much time for reflection; Why are we now driven to wasting hours of precious time commuting?

For lunch I will be trying to eat healthily and follow my glycaemic load diet; wholewheat pasta, spinach and tomatoes followed by fruit.

The chocolate biscuits still look inviting, but I want to live to an old age as there are not enough hours to do all the things that life has on offer and I need longer.

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Samuel Wright, Staffordshire

I woke up at 06:45 today after a solid evening of sleeping since 6pm. I've been trying to forget about my boyfriend going back to Kent and just get on with work. I seem to be doing far too much of that.