Now that’s an encouraging graph showing how Blog Action Day drove up traffic around the blogosphere concerning the environment. The final figures:
20,603 Blogs Participated
23,327 Blog Posts (Google Blog Search)
14,631,038 RSS Readers
Now for my blog action day post, I wrote a disparaging blog about how Britney Spears’ arrest bested — by a factor of four — mentions of activists being arrested for stopping coal plants. But here’s good news: Blog Action Day actually BEAT Britney in blog mentions:
I don’t know why I use Britney as a benchmark: it’s probably aging as a zeitgeist indicator, and I should switch to Paris Hilton as the high watermark of pop culture that we as activists should aim to beat. But you get the idea. We’re facing the greatest threat to human civilization which we as a species have faced, and business as usual just keeps chugging along.
Blog action day was a good reminder that we, bloggers, we, activists, we, human beings can put our attention where it belongs when we make an effort.
Just ignore the X axis on that graph, and look instead at some of the passion and ideas and intellect that the day generated:
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