20 March 2007


I am proud to announce the official launch of One Million Blogs for Peace!

Please check the website for newly updated content, including links to participating blogs and the first Tuesday Topic (which will be cross-posted here shortly).

Thank you to everyone who has signed up as an Inblogural. There are 217 Inblogurals, representing 28 countries. 180 of them represent 5 combatant countries (USA, UK, Australia, Romania, and Armenia). 37 represent 23 non-combatant countries.

As the fact that we have only a fraction of 1% of our 1,000,000-blog goal should indicate, most of our work is still ahead of us. Please continue to spread the word and get involved. Tuesday Topics will be a good way of keeping your content relevant to the movement every week. If you have any comments or suggestions about how to improve involvement, please let me know!

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06 March 2007

Two Weeks Till Launch!

Just two weeks to go until the official launch of One Million Blogs for Peace! That means you have less than 14 days to secure your position as an Inblogural.

That also puts us two weeks away from the first weekly Tuesday Topic, which will be a specific subject to blog about every Tuesday. This optional part of our project will help keep people focused on talking about the Iraq War and ways to end it.

Keep spreading the word! Don't let your friends miss out on being an Inblogural!

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02 March 2007

Why Separate Countries in OMBFP?

I have received some negative feedback regarding the decision to create separate categories for blogs based on the base country of an individual's blog. I wanted to offer my explanation for this decision and hopefully demonstrate why people of any country should sign up...

There are two main purposes to the One Million Blogs for Peace project as I see it. One is to change hearts and minds, to help convince people that it's time to end the Iraq War. Another key purpose is to demonstrate a wide base of support for this perspective and to demonstrate the strength of the movement against the Iraq War.

Keeping a separate count is important for both of these purposes.

In changing hearts and minds, it is important to recognize that the focal point of the change needs to occur in countries currently prosecuting the war. Countries that never entered (or have withdrawn from) the war are already convinced that the Iraq War is not in their interest, and probably predominantly believe that it is a bad idea. Even if there are some supporters of the War in these nations, they are not impacting the war or contributing to its prosecution, so it is less important to change their mind.

Similarly, the demonstration of a wide base of support is more vital in countries currently involved in the war. We have to be prepared to defend this project in the face of skeptics and critics, especially in the United States (where almost all of the troops are actually from). If the bulk of the project is from countries who are not involved in the war, or if the count from all the nations is fully integrated, this leaves the project wide-open to dismissal. Where is the significance in a citizenry whose government never supported the war being in favor of other governments withdrawing from the war? I personally believe there is value in this sentiment, but clearly it does not carry quite the same weight as opposition from within a country currently fighting in Iraq.

Thus, I have decided to keep separate counts, and to classify those in already non-combatant countries as "Support Blogs". Perhaps I should find a more inclusive term and revise some of the project's front page to clarify this distinction.

I want to be very clear that Support Blogs from non-combatant countries will be able to participate in this project and contribute to One Million Blogs for Peace. After all, readership tends to cross borders given the wide accessibility of the internet. I still feel it is important to make the distinction, however, to fully demonstrate how much opposition to the war there is within countries currently involved.

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01 March 2007


The word is starting to get out. The list of Inblogurals is piling up. I really appreciate everyone who has been out there linking and promoting One Million Blogs for Peace.

We still have a long way to go, though. We're not close to a percentage point of the 1,000,000 target yet. Keep spreading the word!

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17 February 2007

Welcome to One Million Blogs for Peace!

We are officially launching the preliminary sign-ups for One Million Blogs for Peace today. You have 30 days to sign-up and cement your status as an "Inblogural".

Please feel free to comment with questions or feedback, or send either to peace@bluepyramid.org.

Keep checking back at this blog for more information about the movement.

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