October 2016

We Need Your Help with Cheering.


Hi guys. Heather here, with a message and a request.

While we have a ton of support from readers and friends, the truth is Andi and I do most of the Readathon prep by ourselves. Somehow we make it look effortless (that’s all Andi), but it’s not. The biggest source of contention is cheerleading. The fact is, everyone wants a cheerleader, but only 50-75 people sign up to cheer every season, and with an ever-growing number of readers (2,000+), it’s just not realistic. *Hard Truth*

This October, our lives are crazier than ever. I work full time, am a parent of two, a wife of one, and I am taking a class at the university where I work.  Andi is starting up her Etsy business, teaching at three universities, is a parent of one, and a wife of one, and a dog mom to four.

Time is at a premium, and something has to give.

This season, we are trying something new with cheerleading, and we need your help. We are going to post a PAGE (top navigation!) on this blog that will have a link to EVERYONE who signed up to read and shared their blog, Instagram, Twitter, or other social media. We ask that everyone who is participating in the event take a moment and cheer a few people on. Be it on Twitter, on their blog, Facebook, Goodreads, or wherever. Consider sending your fellow participants a brief YOU GO READER.

We will love you forever for it, and you will help fulfill Dewey’s original goal of building our bookish community.

Don’t forget to follow hashtag #READATHON in all the places! That also helps streamline the cheering!

29 thoughts on “We Need Your Help with Cheering.”

  1. Great idea! I have no problem helping cheer. I am so disappointed that I am probably not going to be able to participate in this round of Dewy. I have had it marked down for months and was REALLY looking forward to it. While I will probably be out at events that day and probably will not be able to read, I could probably take on some cheering. Just let me know. ☺

  2. Thank you so much! Definitely jump in any time you can, Bookaholic Banter! Since we’re not setting up anything official, it’s completely up to you what works with your schedule!

  3. I don’t have a blog and do all of my participating at Goodreads. I can cheer on some of the people in that Goodreads group.

  4. That would be wonderful, Karen B! It’s really all about cheering people wherever you are naturally. I’ll probably be on Twitter and Facebook a lot myself. 🙂

  5. Love this idea! You guys do so much and I am sooo grateful! I’ve enjoyed cheering every time I’ve done it and I will make sure to cheer again! The best part of the read-a-thon is always the community. You two are the best!

  6. I think this is fine. It creates community this way. I kind of did that last time, especially on Twitter when someone would post they were flagging and needed a pep talk.

  7. I think this is a fabulous idea and I’ll definitely make it a point to do some cheering!! 🙂

    I really hope that this makes the readathon less stressful and more fun for everyone running it!! Y’all are the best.

  8. This is my first time participating so I’m totally uncertain of how things work and if I will be able to stay awake all the way. Haha. I’m going to give it my best shot though. I will be on Twitter, (@AlaskanBookCafe), and I’m willing to do cheering there. My device pings me if I get a DM or a direct tweet so if you use my name I would be instantly aware you need a cheer. I will try to remember to hit FB and GR too.

  9. Aww, can I just say I think this is the most wonderful idea I could imagine!!! I absolutely know Dewey would have hated all the stress that cheerleading has caused you all as her readathon baby just grew and grew and grew. I believe with all my heart that she would have loved this. And I love you two!!!

  10. Count me in. I like the sounds of this way much better. Makes perfect sense! And thank you for all the hard work you both put into Readathon. It’s a great event and a wonderful day and this year will be the same.

  11. I can help with cheering. But I will probably do it only on twitter! Since it’s where I spend most of my time!

    So, if anyone wants me to cheer them on just follow me: @mood_reader and let me know. I’ll add you to the list! 🙂

  12. It’s my first year (1st time) doing readathon, and I’ve roped in some of the people from my uni’s nerd and feminist society to cheer me on, as well as maybe a few from my master’s course ….which I’m doing Library and Information management…. what else apart from english could be perfect for this? 😀

    Just need the page list to go up and then a few might be nice and do those people too!

    (my twitter is @puffybooks Instagram: @puffy_books and my youtube channel is called puffybooks …I’m planning to do a bit of a live broadcast on there, time allowing.)

  13. We will cheer! It is a very impotant and fun part of the game:) We don’t want to miss that! Can we see, who has been cheered on, like we use to? Or is there a risk, every one cheers on the same ones?

  14. I like this idea! I signed up to be a cheerleader on blogs once, but I couldn’t find many posts to cheer on, and I felt pretty dispirited by it because 1) I wanted to be a cheerleader, and 2) I spent an hour clicking into dead blogs instead of reading. I think this will be a lot nicer. I’ll feel freer to jump around platforms, probably whichever one I’m on at the moment, and lend a few encouraging words.

  15. I don’t think Dewey ever expected the readathon to get so massive. I think in the first year there were something like fifty people? This is a great idea. I haven’t signed up (yet) but with so many readers now, this is the way to go. 🙂

  16. Oh, I was a cheerleader for the first time in the last readathon, and I loved it. I think you guys organized it really well with the twitter lists; that made it easy.
    So this time I’ll cheer again, probably at hours that are “normal” in my country but not so normal there in the US and other places lol 🙂
    Thanks for the readathon!

  17. Always keen to cheer! The good thing about the excel spreadsheet we were sent as cheerleaders, is after the first few hours, we could identify those who weren’t participating. Is there a way to make the page interactive so we can X the links that aren’t taking part?

  18. I’m in! I’ve met some wonderful people while cheering for the Twitter community in previous years, so I’m going to expand into Instagram and Facebook this time around. Let’s do this! @R_Torr

  19. I will be cheering everyone on on Instagram! I’ve done that almost every time I’ve participated (four times now) and truly believe that “organic cheering” is the best. Thanks for all the work you put into this Andi and Heather.

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