Blog silence conclusion and controversy

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, 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 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 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.


5 thoughts on “Blog silence conclusion and controversy

  1. It’s not that I really believe there is unquestionable proof of guilt… because John Chow is himself a notorious professional linkbaiter. It’s just allegations… and look, HE’S GETTING links because of his post, LOL. Heck, he just got one from me… because I edited my original post.

    Mostly, it’s because I believe people should use their blogs to speak out about important issues… and that silence is not real action. I, however, hold a lot of respect for bloggers who did feel strongly about participating… not just for giving lip service to the idea of the event (or rather, lack of lip service since lips weren’t supposed to be moving on that day, hehe). I put up the graphic (nor will I remove my entry) to show my respect for a few bloggers (whom I hold in high regard) who did feel the ODBC goals were noble… The motives of those bloggers were noble… and that’s all that matters.

    Either way, there should never be a kneejerk reaction to anything. Whatever the true motives, it certainly got people talking (well, before the 30th)… and that’s a good thing.

  2. i agree with fruityoaty that people should use their blogs however they see fit. i mentioned to her in my thread that i wouldn’t have had a problem if they linked somewhere else other than their own site. (i.e. VTU memorial page, or no link at all. people know how to save image as and repost a picture…) also, i wasn’t silent. i’m more of an “active” person and chose to pay my respects in the best way i know how. but the point of all this, as i see it, isn’t about the bloggers. it’s about the victims. arguments over how to pay respects clouds the issue that people are still grieving and need to heal. it’s only a controversy if bloggers make a big deal out of it.

  3. The way people react to other’s good intentions is always amazing! No wonder Jhon Chow sees linkbait schemes everywhere he turns. After all, he is the master of linkbaiting! 🙂 I could say that Jhon’s post was a linkbait strategy.

    I know Steli, I am sure he didn’t even think about scam! And I know he was not expecting all this fuss about his idea. I am not sure how long this will last and who will benefit when all is forgotten, but this is not important. What matters is what Steli achieved in the end, despite the pros and cons: awareness. His action determined many people do something to express their feelings towards the VT tragedy. Sadly, some people expressed feelings towards Steli and I don’t see the point of that.

    So my conclusion is: those who don’t like the idea of linking back to the original site of One Blog Silence should just remove the links and think about the message.

  4. Thanks Massa P., msdanielle (thanks for visiting, too) and Mihaela Lica (thanks for visiting, too)!

    I guess this all boils down to respecting each person’s conviction to do something. But I could not resist reacting to the post against the blogsilence campaign as there certainly was something fishy about the accusation. The issue of using the Virginia Tech Massacre as a means for personal gain whether it is for personal or money is just plain pathetic. However, after looking at the larger picture, I should have to say, look who’s talking. 🙂

    While doing something might be deemed better than doing nothing, it’s just similar to fasting. I mean we sometime skip lunch, breakfast—for no reason at all or being too busy. But when you fast for a purpose, it is not just simply skipping meals—it’s skipping a meal for a cause whether it’s for health or spiritual reason. In this case, we sometimes miss blogging, blog-hopping, and blog commenting either because we are too busy or for no reason at all. So doing nothing or doing something would have made no difference at all unless you want to view it in another way—and I respect that.

    The buzz around this issue was a welcome in a way but at least everybody was unanimous in saying that profiting, whether monetary or not, from other’s grief is not a welcome idea.

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