Utilizing mass participation, the day aims to provide a platform for bloggers to discuss and act on a pressing issue
Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) August 15, 2008
On October 15, bloggers around the world will discuss poverty on the second annual Blog Action Day. Anyone may register for free at http://blogactionday.org.
The non-profit event began in 2007 as a way for many blog publishers to view a pressing issue from distinct perspectives at the same time, thereby increasing awareness and creating a global discussion.
Bloggers can participate by publishing at least one blog post, podcast or video about poverty on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 and/or by contributing to Blog Action Day 2008 partners TheGlobalFund.org and Kiva.org.
"Utilizing mass participation, the day aims to provide a platform for bloggers to discuss and act on a pressing issue," said event co-founder Collis Ta'eed, an Australian blogger from FreelanceSwitch.com. "This year we hope to grow on the success of 2007's event, and bring the innovative and oftentimes personal publishing style of blogging to bear on the critical issue of poverty. With thousands of individual thoughts, ideas and actions, we aim to mobilize audiences everywhere."
Already, 16 of the world's 100 most popular blogs according to Technorati.com have agreed to participate in Blog Action Day this year, including TechCrunch.com, Lifehacker.com, ReadWriteWeb.com, Mashable.com, SmashingMagazine.com, Jauhari.net, Problogger.net, DailyBlogTips.com, Copyblogger.com, GigaOM.com, ZenHabits.net, Inhabitat.com, VentureBeat.com, Mentalfloss.com, PronetAdvertising.com and TorrentFreak.com.
Other Blog Action Day 2008 supporters include Elena Valenciano, a prominent member of the Spanish Parliament, and Ben Rattray, CEO of Change.org.
The first Blog Action Day in 2007 focused on the environment and more than 20,000 blogs participated, along with many major corporations and international organizations including - the United Nations Environmental Programme, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Google, Wells Fargo, eBay, Yahoo!, BlogTV Brazil, BlogAs Lithuania.
About Blog Action Day:
Blog Action Day is an annual non-profit event that asks bloggers to simultaneously discuss a single issue each year on October 15th. The aim of the event is to trigger widespread discussion around a global issue through niche-focused articles that appeal to their respective audiences. The event began in 2007 when a group of bloggers asked each other, "What would happen if ...?" and then decided to find out.
Easton Ellsworth, Assistant Event Coordinator