Two weeks from today, Friday, August 31st, people throughout the blogosphere will be celebrating the 3rd annual BlogDay!
BlogDay was created in 2005 by Nir Ofir, Israeli blogger and producer of BlogTV, with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know bloggers from other countries, cultures and areas of interest.
On that day Bloggers will recommend 5 new blogs to their blog visitors. It’s a time to discover new blogs all around the globe. Can you ask for a better adventure than that?
Yet, BlogDay is not just a game. It is a day to celebrate our world and the freedom we have, well, to blog. Nir Ofir offered these words to encourages us to exercise our right to blog, “On these days, of war in the middle east, I would like to remind you all that BlogDay is a celebration of people and for people. It is a celebration of the ability to visit blogs that are different from our own culture, point of view and attitude and it is a celebration of free content written by people like you and me. Wars, in the other hand, are being fought by governments. Let us not let governments to stop the celebration of Internet, Blogging and democracy.”
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Andy Merrit at Blog Herald thinks that Blog Days are all well and good, but thinks that perhaps we should try a little harder to maintain these initiatives throughout the year. That’s a good point. Maybe we should begin celebrating birthdays and such every day throughout the year. That’s not going to happen despite how important our birthday boy or girl is. So lets just designate special day and make a little more effort on the rest. Andy resigns himself to that and we can too.
To get an idea of the global impact BlogDay will make you can take a peek at Ofir’s global reach map for BlogDay 2007. In previous celebrations of BlogDays thousands of bloggers from the following countries participated: Israel, Pakistan, US, Singapore, China, France, Hungary, Spain, UK, India, Italy, Ireland, Malaysia, Cambodia, Greece, Finland, Germany, Taiwan, Korea, South Africa, Japan and many more. The first Blogday in 2005 generated 30,800 new pages in Google and Technorati listed 1329 posts about BlogDay. It will be exciting to see what BlogDay 2007 brings globally, but also to see the personal benefit as bloggers expand their blogging horizons.
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Rebecca MacKinnon over at Global Voices shares ideas on how to Celebrate Blog Day with a Global Voices twist!
Get a head start with Jeff Pulver by playing BlogDay Blog-Tag.