The following e-mail from the folks at Blog Action day provides some pretty good arguments and numbers against my skeptically slanted post. There was far more to the creation and far more to the impact than I appreciated. This does not mean I am backtracking on all the comments made about web 2.0 and its utility in sponsoring social change. Still working that through.
The Wrap Up
The very first Blog Action Day was an unprecedented success and
we've got the final wrap up where the site used to be at
http://blogactionday.org complete with statistics, sample posts,
details of the huge amount of press coverage we had all over
the world, quotes and more.
It's a must see. Please feel free to spread the word around as
it's great for people to really see what we achieved together.
And if I could just say a huge thank you to every single one of
you, all 20,603 registered bloggers who took the plunge even if
it meant going off their regularly scheduled programming and
stood up to be counted.
Also thank you to everyone who helped out with the effort, in
particular Leo Babauta whose contacts, writing and enthusiasm
pushed the enterprise forward, my wife - Cyan Ta'eed who braved
the media and fronted up to interviews around the globe, John
Brougher who put together the superb video, Ryan Allen who
performed the elite coding to keep the site up despite barrages
of traffic and most importantly my Dad - Fuad Ta'eed who valiantly
looked through thousands of blogs to give the tick of approval,
every single day for two months.
So until next year when we get back together for
Blog Action Day 2008,
This is Collis signing off,
on behalf of the Blog Action Day team