One of the things we often hear from new Read-a-Thon participants is, “HOW do you do all the things?” And the short answer is: Very few of us do ALL the things. Other times we get questions along the lines of, “Where on earth do I even start?” And I’m here to tell you!
The Read-a-Thon is cool because it’s kind of like one of those old “choose your own adventure” books. There are myriad ways to participate in the Read-a-Thon! It’s all up to you and your moods.
1. Read as much or as little as you want! Some people sign up and NEVER read! They participate in other activities for the community spirit. Others read as much as they can and forego activities. What do you feel like doing?
2. Check this page regularly. This page is “home base” for the Read-a-Thon. We’ll announce Hourly Mini-Challenges, Prize Winners, and call for help here! We’ll also try our best to motivate and entertain you. Again, participate as much or as little as you’d like!
3. Use the #Readathon hashtag on Twitter! If you REALLY want to feel the vastness of the community surrounding the Read-a-Thon, go over to Twitter or TweetChat.com, type in the #Readathon hashtag in the search, and you will be blown away. Jump into the convo. I’m certain there are a gazillion readers who would love to chat it up. Note: we’ve trended internationally on Twitter for the last two Read-a-Thons. That puts our hashtag usage on par with huge events like the Oscars and the Olympics. For 24 hours, at least!
4. Help create community for others. One of our biggest needs is CHEERLEADERS! These are the people who go around to blogs, Tumblrs, and on Twitter to cheer on their fellow Read-a-Thonners. When the going gets tough, make someone’s day by cheering for them.
5. Update your blog, Tumblr, YouTube or other channels! Let people see that you’re actively reading and engaging. More on this later in the week. 🙂
So as you can see, the Read-a-Thon really is about choosing your adventure! There have been years when I spent most of my time reading and updating my blog. Other years when I spent a good chunk of my time cheering and Tweeting. You name it, and you can do it!