Easton Ellsworth has poured himself some java, powered up his MacBook and popped on his headset in preparation for what promises to be a history-making podcast.
Less than one hour from now – at 12 p.m. ET – the U.S. director for Blog Action Day 2008 will kick off the Talkathon for Poverty Relief, BlogTalkRadio’s 12-hour special to help take BlogActionDay.org’s poverty-relief conversation to all four corners of the earth.
Anchoring live from Denver, Colorado, for the full 12 hours, Easton will be joined by BlogTalkRadio co-hosts throughout the day – and from throughout America – including Tom D’Antoni and Art Levine of D’Antoni and Levine, Reuben Torres of Let’s Get Real, Charles Mattocks of The Poor Chef, Dawn Olsen of Glosslip Radio, Eric Olsen and Shaun Daily of BTR Today, Barbara Howard of The Recipe Box, Gregory Turner and Brian Henderson of ASE Motivation, Nikki Starr of Nikki Rocks the Politics! and Dr. Mo of The Danger Zone Show.
Leading bloggers around the world – including Paul Chaney, president of the International Blogger and New Media Association, Liz Strauss, founder of SOBCon (Biz School for Blogging), Chris Garrett, co-author of ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, and social-media guru Beth Kanter – are scheduled to appear as guests on the United Nations Millennium Campaign-supported program, along with other notables.
At press time, more than 11,000 bloggers were signed up to participate in Blog Action Day.
“I’m thrilled that so many bloggers are combining forces to make this an impactful event,” says Easton. “And thanks to BlogTalkRadio, even more participants will be able to act locally, speak globally and change the conversation about poverty relief.”
(Don’t mention it, Mr. Director.)
Blog Action Day was launched last year when two bloggers – Collis Ta’eed of Sydney, Australia, and Leo Babauta of Guam – asked, “What would happen if all the bloggers of the world united for a single cause?”
What did happen during the U.N.-backed “Blog Action Day 2007: The Environment” was more than 20,000 bloggers offering ways to solve hundreds of environmental crises.
BlogActionDay.org estimates that some 12 million people worldwide will read about the event on October 15 – many of whom are also expected to tune into and/or call into the talkathon.
During the talkathon, the Blog Action Day editorial team will select the best participating blogs from around the globe to be cited live on-air. Those bloggers whose work is read will have one hour to call into the talkathon to claim prizes donated by event sponsors.
Bloggers who wish to participate in Blog Action Day 2008 can register for free at blogactionday.org.
In the meantime, let’s show Eastson some of that famous BlogTalkRadio love by posting comments below in support of his Herculean effort!
Better yet, the tenth person to post a comment here gets a prize from one of our Blog Action Day sponsers. (You can post as many comments as you like, by the way, but you’ll still only be counted as one person. To claim your prize, email our community manager, Deborah Ng at firstname.lastname@example.org after posting.)