Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Blog Action Day - Recap: 31,000 Posts .....

So, how did 2009's edition of Blog Action Day, an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance, fare?

Here's a report from Robin Beck, Lead Organizer of Blog Action Day 2009:

Hey bloggers, you did it!

You and bloggers in 155 countries across six continents wrote about a single issue that impacts us all, and turned Blog Action Day 2009 into one of the largest social change events ever held on the web.

Your participation helped change the conversation and showed the power of the web to connect people across the world who despite their varied backgrounds have one shared desire: to make a difference. According to blogpulse, we increased the number of posts about climate change on a given day by 500%, and CNN wrote a great article covering the excitement and diversity of the day's event across the web and around the world.

Here are some highlights:

We hit 31,000 total trackable blog posts, and our current estimate is that together we reached at least 17.9 million people yesterday. We just exceeded 13,000 registered bloggers on the site and are working to get all of you who posted but haven't yet registered into the final count.

We had at least three major world governments as active participants in this year's event. United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown posted the first Blog Action Day entry in Britain at the stroke of midnight on the 15th, which was followed by Foreign Minister David Milliband and many others from the UK stationed around the world. The PSOE governing party of Spain hosted a bloggers event focused on climate change and transformed their website for the day to promote Blog Action Day. And late in the day, President Barack Obama's White House blog joined in, becoming part of the global movement of bloggers shaking the web.

Of course, well-known bloggers were a big presence as well: The Official Google Blog gave a green tour of the company's campus; Mashable asked what you're doing to reverse climate change; The Unofficial Apple Weblog suggested "Five apps to help save the world"; Treehugger gave us two simple things that could, by themselves, stop climate change; Global Voices posted a roundup of bloggers from around the world writing in many languages; Gadling spent the whole day posting about green travel; BlogHer covered the road to the next international climate negotations in Copehagen.

You should all feel proud of this remarkable collective effort. And it doesn't have to end today. For many, we hope this serves as an entry point into the broader movement to address the issue of climate change. There are a number of ways and some amazing organizations through which you can continue to remain involved, and we encourage you to check out our Take Action section to learn more.

We will continue providing updates and information about the success of the event and ongoing opportunities for involvement - including the the October 24th International Day of Climate Action organized by our friends at - in the weeks ahead, and we hope you'll stay with us.

Thank you so much!

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