Another readathon has closed, and this one was pretty special for a lot of reasons. For one, this event has been going on for 10 years, and that’s practically 100 in blogging and social media years.
Of course, we have to thank Dewey for her wonderful vision and skills for bringing the community together. I know she would be thrilled with this reading holiday that happens every six months.
Just as important, we have to thank you. The people who decide to take a crazy chance on 24 hours of reading every season. The people who put things on hold to help. All of you make this possible.
Case in point, for the first time ever, I was REALLY out of commission for the first…oh…third? half? of readathon day. I struggle with anxiety, and it bit me right in the keister yesterday. I was down for the count. But you know what? The event went off without a hitch because of all the people involved who make this thing run like a well-oiled machine.
Heather, co-organizer and best bestie
Kathryn, Facebook and Goodreads empress, forever closing-hours co-host
Gabby, our newest Goodreads wrangler and help-any-way-she-canner
Kelly, Instagram guru
Liberty, Litsy rock star
Kendra, co-host and mini-challenge host
Elizabeth, co-host who saves me every time from one of the late shifts
Dana, co-host and prize wrangler
Cass, co-host and Twitter badass
Rachel Noel, co-host, Twitter wizard, mini-challenge maven, cheerleader, all-around selfless human
Julianne, co-host and mini-challenge pinch hitter
You all really have no idea who much you mean to this event, to me personally, and to all the people who take part.
I never have enough room to thank everyone: the many of you who donate prizes to make the readathon a little brighter for another reader, the ones of you who leap into hosting Twitter parties, those of you who are whipping the community into a reading lather on every imaginable social platform.
Y’all are just awesome. All of you. This event would be nothing without you.
Thank you, thank you, and we’re looking forward to many more years.
Oh, right. You want to know when the NEXT readathon will be!
April 28, 2018. We’ll see you there with our books at the ready!