April 2015

Warm Up: Why Cheerleading is Just as Fun as Reading

Hi guys,

In October 2014 I had the pleasure and honor of writing the last warm-up post before the Read-a-Thon; my tribute to Dewey and my personal Read-a-Thon story. This time I’ve settle with another topic: The cheerleading part of the game!

Actually, this idea came to me when I talked to a few people who are pretty new to Dewey and they were like “Oh I don’t know if I should do this. I can only read xxx pages, which are way too little, right? I know that some people are reading yyy pages.” and I was all like “So? There’s no guideline on how to do this thing.” because that’s the best thing about Dewey’s: There aren’t any rules or any guidelines for how you should do this thing. It’s all up to you. Personally, I think that the best way to be a part of it is with some great reading and a lot of cheering. But that’s just me, you don’t have to agree and isn’t it wonderful? 1 event, 24 hours and so many opportunities.

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My own Dewey Read-a-Thon history started with 24 hours of reading but I soon realized that that wasn’t for me. I had a hard time focusing on the words and I didn’t get the best out of the books when I read that much all at once.

Instead, during my second Read-a-Thon I was both reading and cheering, and that was the moment I fell in love with the cheering part. I loved that Read-a-Thon and even though I didn’t read as much as the time before or as much as a lot of other people, I still managed to read 1½ books while I was talking to so many great people. I still talk to some of them today. What a gift!

During my third Read-a-Thon, which was the one back in October, I once again read 1½ books but I also did a lot of cheering not just for my own team but for some of the others too. I socialized, updated my blog and Twitter and I actually took some time to do that instead of reading, fully aware of what I was doing. For me, Dewey’s isn’t only about the books anymore and it will never be like that again. It’s about the experience and that isn’t perfect without all of these wonderful readers out there.

Before you sign up as a cheerleader you have to realize what’s most important to you; is it the reading or the socializing? You can pick both but you have to remember that cheering, even though it’s just for an hour, does take time from the reading. Not that it’s bad, it’s just different, so if your focus is to read as much as possible, your cheering time will ruin that focus for a bit.

If you just want some fun and a great time, and maybe won’t be reading as much as you could, cheerleading could be a great thing for your Read-a-Thon. It gives you a great opportunity to socialize with other readers and it’s a great excuse to have some extra fun making up cheers and passionate motivational posts. And you don’t have to do it for all 24 hours. You can sign up for cheering for an hour, two, three or whatever suites your Read-a-Thon schedule. It doesn’t matter because there are no rules and even if you cheer on just one single person, you will change this exact persons Read-a-Thon experience. You are going to have the chance of making someone truly happy, encourage others to read more and just have fun.

That’s why I’m a cheerleader. I’m trying to have as much fun as possible and maybe create just a small footstep in the reading world, encourage others to have some great hours with a good book and having fun doing it. Some of the cheers might just stick around that single Read-a-Thon, while others could be the first step of starting new experiences and friendships that will last for years or maybe even a lifetime.

Seriously; if you don’t care about how much you’re going to read these 24 hours, then why not sign up as a cheerleader? Do it. I promise you; you won’t regret it and if I’m going to be your cheer captain this year I’ll promise you a lot of fun with the team members too!

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