We’re gearing up for the Read-A-Thon! I can’t believe it’s only twelve hours away!!
Some things you should know:
1) If you have any questions at any point during the Read-A-Thon, you can contact deweyreadathon at gmail and ask your cohost on duty. If they don’t know the answer, they’ll find out for you. There is always a cohost on duty, and we’ll be around on Twitter, Facebook, and visiting your blogs to check up on you to see how you’re doing. We are here for you and here to help you succeed in hitting that Hour 24 mark, so just ask away, okay?
2) If you are reading and posting updates via Facebook, we encourage you to post them to the Dewey’s Read-A-Thon page in the Discussion section. That way, your cheerleaders can find you and we can all see your progress. Additionally, if you don’t feel like posting everything to your blog, feel free to try out the Facebook discussion posts. It’s our first time utilizing Facebook for readers during the ‘thon, so keep in mind it’s new to all of us, and we’re testing the waters there, kay?
3) Twitter. We’ve seen cheerleaders locked out of Twitter for cheertweeting so heavily during the #readathon. Make sure your posts are all tagged #readathon, whether your updating us, cheering, or just chatting about the ‘thon. We did make the trending topics a few times in the past, and that’s a great thing for reading, books, and this hobby we all love, right? Also, you can follow us, @readathon.
4) If you haven’t already, you should totally lay out some snackage, some drinks (maybe an energy one?), and pick out some music that’ll get your blood flowing if you start to nod off. It’s always good to have a food and beverage plan so that your reading time isn’t ‘bitten’ into by trying to decide what to eat.
5) We post every hour on the hour right here on this blog, where we also announce random prize winners, mini-challenge winners, new mini-challenges, and we try to keep you at least a little entertained. So, stop by as often or not often as you’d like. But keep your eyes peeled to see if you’ve won a prize, because the cohosts don’t have your email to contact you. If you do win, email Vasilly, one of our lovely Prize Committee members at 1330vblog at gmail and let her know which prize from the fabulous prize list you’d like. They’re first come, first serve, and we try to get them crossed off as soon as we can, so that the list is as up-to-date as possible.
6) We have participants from all around the world. Last Read-A-Thon, I had the honor of collecting the prizes and mailing them to everyone out-of-country. We can’t do that unless we get donations from Prize Angels. If you are able to donate a little bit of money for the distribution of prizes, please consider doing so. We used all of the money we were donated last Read-A-Thon, plus, so even if it’s only a dollar, yours plus some others’ will help us get prizes where they need to go. If you want to donate, log-in to your paypal account, click the send money tab, the personal tab, then enter shes10 at gmail (it belongs to me) as the email addy and mark it as a gift. Our Prize Angels are amazing.
7) Lastly. (Well, I’m sure it’s not lastly, but it’s last-right-now-ly) Something to keep in mind when you are picking out a prize is that a lot of these are donated by publishers and bloggers. We couldn’t have the fabulous prize list we have without awesome donations from these folks. Keep in mind that we want you to receive your prizes, but sometimes they take a little while to get to your door. If you feel like it’s been too long of a while, go ahead and contact us and we will follow up for you.
Thanks for reading my litany of housekeeping for the Read-A-Thon, and I’m super stoked to read with you guys tomorrow! Ready? Set.