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Taking Action on Blog Action Day October 15, 2008

Blog writing tips and articlesBlog Action Day 2008 is October 15th this year and the topic up for bloggy discussion is poverty. The site offers a lot of suggestions on ways to blog about poverty including technology blogs exploring poverty fighting initiatives, a political blog comparing candidate positions on the issue, and a sports blog covering charity activities by sports organizations that benefit poverty issues.

Last year, Writing Tips for Blog Action Day on The Blog Herald helped a lot of people understand how Blog Action Day works and how to convey their message on their blogs. Many also found How Not to Blog in a Blogathon Blog and Blogathon Tips and Help helpful as the two fundraising and activist events have some commonality: Encouraging your readers to action.

That’s the key to any successful endeavor, especially when it comes to blogging. You have to move your readers to action.

The action you desire is different depending upon your goals. For most bloggers, traffic and comments are their most desired goals. However, when you take on a political or evangelistic platform, your goals must be higher. They must compel action beyond your blog.

Moving the Public Towards Action

There are a lot of ways to motivate the masses. Techniques have been used over the millennium to convince whole communities and even countries of population to revolt, become passive, and evoke change. Most of these are led by strong leaders, but many happen through grassroots efforts.

By blogging about a single subject on a single day, hundreds of thousands of voices create the latter grassroots impact. The goal is to be heard by those listening and in power to take action and make a change.

Have you thought about the impact your single blog has when combined with hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of other voices? By participating in such global online events as Blog Action Day, the Blogathon in July, the Day of Silence in April, or others, how do you think your single voice will be heard? What impact do you think you can have? Does it really make a difference? Can you make a difference?

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  1. John Thomas
    Posted October 9, 2008 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    If you think blogging is going to help anyone out of poverty, you’re probably too deluded and vain to realize you’re just jerking off to make yourself feel better.

    If you really want to make a difference, start participating in local politics where you can influence decisions made over drug and alcohol treatment, education, and rebuilding the manufacturing base.

    Anything else is as pointless as Andy Hardy and Judy Garland putting on a show to save the orphanage.

  2. Posted October 9, 2008 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle, thank you for posting this.

    John, Blog Action Day is going to help people out of poverty. Its purpose is to generate a fireball of conversation that ignites lasting change long after the day’s echoes cease.

    If you participate in local politics, you should blog about that.

    I say do both. Blog and take offline action. To leave one undone is to fail to take advantage of a great opportunity to enhance the impact of the other.

    But your point is important. As the event’s assistant event coordinator, I will be crushed if October 15 comes and goes and all that happens is a few thousand people jabber and then don’t convert words into sweat.

  3. Posted October 10, 2008 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    I too think that blogging about Poverty can make a difference.

    Social change starts with the raising of awareness, and what an opportunity we have to do that on the internet, where the messages can be available instantly to millions.

    If just one person reads a Blog Action Day blog and is inspired to do something that makes even a little difference, then that blogging has made a difference.

    With thousands of blogs participating and millions of readers, the chances are high that many people will be inspired to take action. I certainly hope and believe so.

  4. Posted October 19, 2008 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    I having taking an action! HAPPY BLOGGING!

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