April 2014, readathon

Warm Up: Choose Your Own Adventure!

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!

6 thoughts on “Warm Up: Choose Your Own Adventure!”

  1. I primarily read read read. I try to update my blog at least every other hour with something and a photo or two. I don’t do many challenges but try to do one or two. I have a partner on my blog also who participates in the read a thon with me and she posts at least every other hour also. However, the last two Aprils, the read a thon was the same day as the ACS Relay for Life so once the relay started I was down there all night, listening to audio books. This year the Relay isn’t until May though so I can enjoy reading at home. In October last year, I was also participating in a Yarn Crawl. But I had some great friends with me who helped me keep in the spirit of both events. The time spent in the car driving from shop to shop I read on my Kindle or a book, and they let me be most of the drive. Then when we got to the shops, I’d switch to audio (I even picked an audio book that fit the theme – being a cozy mystery from a series called… The Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries!) My friend took pictures of me in the car and in every store we went to, reading my books. 🙂

    So yes you CAN participate in the RAT while participating in other events at the same time. 🙂

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