It might have past just like an ordinary day but I know that by joining other bloggers for this one day blog silence (from posting, reading and writing) I’ve expressed my support to the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting and their families including (on a personal level) other victims of violence around the world (from Ka Jun Mallari, Julia, seven beheaded workers in Mindanao among others) . It would have made a difference if everybody have joined the exercise–that would have been news but the shooting is already a news anyway. But as with all other campaigns, there are non-believers with some deeming the exercise a farce.
In fact, this small campaign started by Steli Efti has stirred some controversy on the blogosphere according to Massa P.‘s information. The controversy is whether this campaign was just a simple case of link baiting for a subsequent money-making scheme for the domain owners. But as Massa P. and all the other bloggers commented, this still needs to be proven.
The allegations, however, did not deter the people behind the onedayblogsilence.com, led by Steli Efti, to continue the campaign and remain in their conviction that they are supporting the victims of Virginia Tech. They received support from Lorelle, who wrote a very good entry about the campaign and her own personal conviction about violence, as with Liz, Mihaela and Andy. Steli gave his thoughts on the controversy writing,
We thought that people will either join or ignore it. Boy, that was so wrong. People who disliked the idea spoke up so loud I can´t believe it. From sending me messages to call me a “jerk”, “idiot” and other things I won´t go into detail here, to forum posts about speculations that our intention was to make money and sell the website after the 30th April or that behind all this, there is a hidden big media company standing.
One blogger who read about the controversy immediately removed any trace of the onedayblogsilence.com on her blogs (links and trackbacks)–without looking at both sides. But I can’t blame her since some of the bloggers blogging against the onedayblogsilence.com are respected bloggers also and blogs about technology.
So, personally, I’m not sure who’s linkbaiting for better technorati ranking. I remember reading a blogging tip that says, ride on controversial issue to increase traffic. :) the plot thickens.