Andi here! One of your Read-a-Thon hosts, Co-Host Coach, Prize Wrangler, Twitter addict…
Here we are, on the cusp of another Read-a-Thon, and for this long-time blogger, there’s one person on my mind more than anyone else. Our beloved Dewey passed away in 2008 after founding the Read-a-Thon in 2007. I think she would be absolutely thrilled that this event is still going strong in its sixth year, and the enthusiasm is as infectious as ever.
For those of you who did not have the opportunity to know Dewey, I like to share a little of her writing before Read-a-Thon time. I never deleted her blog from my Google Reader, so I still have all of her old posts to enjoy. It makes me very sad that with the demise of Google Reader I will lose her words, but for now we should bask in them. I chose this particular post of hers for its usual humor, and for the fact that her focus was always on building this book blogging community up and up and UP! And how many of us can relate to falling down the rabbit hole this way?
I’m going through emailed submissions for the Bookworms Carnival, and realizing just what bad shape my attention span is in. I might even need attention span surgery, stat.
Here’s how NOT to host a carnival.
Step 1: Click on an emailed submission.
Step 2: Click on blog post link inside email.
Step 3: Enjoy blog post, leave a comment, go read more posts on the same blog. Watch some videos the blog links to. Take some internet quizzes the blog links to.
Step 4: While reading the comments after the 9th post on that blog, become amused by a commenter and click her link.
Step 5: Read 5 posts on that person’s blog.
Step 6: Sixth post on that person’s blog mentions chocolate. Decide to go get some chocolate.
Step 7: In the kitchen, where the chocolate lives, notice that dishes need to be put away.
Step 8: While putting away dishes, notice that your favorite tea mug is now clean. Make some tea.
Step 9: Notice that you’re out of darjeeling. Return to computer, go to republicoftea.com. Order darjeeling.
Step 10: Wonder what you were doing.
Step 11: Realize that your not-saved draft for the carnival post was the tab in which you typed republicoftea.com into the url box.
Step 12: Gasp in horror. Try the back arrow.
Step 13: Say words that make the cat blush.
Step 14: Start all over again.
I love it!
I know you’re all gearing up for the Read-a-Thon and have been, by the looks of Twitter, for a good while now! Here are a few last-minute requests and reminders…
1. Turn off Captcha or other “word verification” apps so that cheerleaders and other visitors can comment with speed and ease!
2. Make your profiles public on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, et al if you’d like Read-a-Thon visitors on those sites.
3. Make sure you’re hashtagging your Read-a-Thon posts on Twitter, Instagram, and anywhere else with any of the official tags: #readathon #dewey #rahrahreadathon
HAVE FUN! The Read-a-Thon is a joyous time to celebrate Dewey and our bookish community. Do what you can and enjoy yourself, first and foremost.