April 30: A Day of Silence on the Blogosphere
According to OneDayBlogSilence.com:
Silence can say more then a thousand words.
This day shall unite us all about this unbelievable painful & shocking event and show some respect and love to those who lost their loved ones.
On April 30th 2007, the Blogosphere will hold a One-Day Blog Silence in honor towards the victims of Virginia. 33 died at the US college massacre.See Also
The Blogosphere is in deep mourning.
All you have to do is spread the word about it and post the graphic on your blog on 30th April 2007. No words and no comments. Just respect and empathy.
The author of Lorelle on WordPress and the fast-selling book, Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging, as well as several other blogs, Lorelle VanFossen has been blogging for over 15 years, covering blogging, WordPress, travel, nature and travel photography, web design, web theory and development extensively as web technologies developed.
No. No. No.
Do not shut down your blog because ANYBODY died. Who decides who is worth shutting down ANYTHING? Some A list blogger?
Think for yourself. Write a nice memorial for the people that died. Write something totally gross. But think for yourself, and write what you like, when you like.
hear me, I beg!
Some people are trying to make you believe that we should all observe one day of silence, no blogging and entire day because of what happened in Virginia. Even if the cause seems to sound noble I have to urge the the people of the cyberworld to walk away from this and not let yourselves be deceived by those people.
Silence is already present in our daily life. People don’t talk to each other, we are, most of us afraid of showing our feelings to the world around us. People don’t talk about mental disease, it’s just not something you can talk about neither do people talk about suicide!
I urge you to, not add an other day of silence in your life. Silence is easy, talking is hard. You want to pay your respect to the victims of Virginia? the victims of violence all around the world? I beg you, don’t go running to the easy option, one that will not, in no way at all, make this kind of violence drop.
On April 30th 2007 I beg of you, for once in your life, TALK about it!
This isn’t about stopping blogging. This is about remembering.
Everyone shouts. Everyone screams. Arguments. Debates. Rants. Raves. There is so much noise in this world attacking us from all sides that silence is a powerful tool.
But more important that this, by not blogging, by doing something united, whatever it is, at that moment, everyone participating is sharing the same thoughts. Thinking the same things. Remembering. It’s a powerful united force when millions pause for a moment and think the same thing.
Having spent too much of my life lived in and around violence, silence is special. It is a power. It means for a moment, there is peace.
Do it or not, but it’s a powerful thing to be still for a moment. The same moment as millions of others. Then get back to the business of using your blog to change the world.
You are doing that every day, aren’t you?
Silence in the face of evil is surrender.
Contractually, Monday 30th April cannot be a day of silence for me, regardless of whether I believe in the cause or not.
Tragic though this event is, there are so many tragedies in the world, that to observe some kind of silence each time would render me wordless.
After all that has happened, for me to keep silence is a travesty…not just to the Viginia Tech victims and their families, but to all other victims of gun related death all over the world. For me to keep silent is like condoning these horrible acts. And for all of us to keep silent, it can only signify one thing…we’ve lost, violence wins.