Wrap Up: A Readathon Interrupted

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Hello, everyone! I did the Readathon yesterday with mixed results. Since I had to interrupt my reading for family obligations, I started 2 hours earlier and today I’m going to keep on reading. This is more of an update than a ending.

 

  • Which hour was most daunting for you? Not applicable.
  • Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? A list? Not really, but I would say read short fiction and graphic novels if you want to feel like you’ve accomplished something.
  • What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? I LOVED the Readalong of The Yellow Wallpaper.
  • Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I only stumbled upon the Readalong chat on Twitter because I happened to be on there at the time. I know it was the first Readalong, so I hope there will be more advanced notification of the discussion next time.
  • How many books did you read? Nil. I read a short story, The Yellow Wallpaper and half of The Royal We.

 

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  • Which book did you enjoy most? I loved rereading The Yellow Wallpaper.
  • Which did you enjoy least? Not applicable.
  • How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Very Likely! And probably as a reader.

In other news, I won a door prize during hour 20! Woot!

Some Readathon Thoughts:

I’ve been participating in the 24 Hour Readathon since its inception many years ago when there were around 50 participants.  This time there was around 1800. That’s a huge increase! I can’t imagine trying to organize that many people for an online event. It is crazy. I appreciate the organizers so much.

However, much of the intimacy of a smaller group has disappeared. It can feel pretty lonely just updating a blog post. I think this is mostly because of the numbers now. There are cheerleaders, but I heard that they had about 100 blogs to cheer for over the 24 hours. I’ve done cheerleading for other events; it can be overwhelming. I definitely do not get the comments that I used to back in the beginning. I totally understand that, myself. I couldn’t even begin to start commenting on all the other blogs.

This is why I think Twitter (and to some degree Instagram) is the way to do the Readathon. The interaction is instantaneous and by just following the hashtag (#readalong) participants can connect with each other much easier and get timely updates. For all my complaining about Twitter, it is the most useful for events like this. It’s the place to go when you need some encouragement. Everyone needs encouragement sometime during 24 hours of reading! 

I wonder what your experiences interacting with other participants was like this time. Did you use Twitter? Tumblr? Instagram? Or just old fashioned blogging? What are your thoughts?

I hope to see you all on October 17th for the next Readathon! Cheers!

5 comments:

  1. I hope you get to read a lot today!

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  2. I was one of the cheerleaders for Twitter. I did think it was more personal to connect with other people that way. How neat that you participated that long ago when there were only 50 people! I never read for 24 hours no matter what I do!

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  3. I totally agree that it was a lot lonelier blogwise than previously when I've participated. I still had some lovely cheerleaders come visit me but I found it much more difficult to keep up with visiting people and even to know where to start with the multitude of participants! I was on twitter which was great and also Instagram which was really fun and I think maybe next time I'll just keep the blog for the beginning, middle and end updates and do the rest on social media! I had a great readathon anyway and I'm already looking forward to October!

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  4. I've participated in most of the readathons. I've found that blog updates take more time than I want to spend on my blog, so I've updated less and less frequently. This year, I didn't even bother with the blog, and I really didn't miss it. Twitter and Instagram were just fine for me.

    I also noted on my sign-up that I didn't need a cheerleader. I think it's great that they're there, and they always do a great job, but I knew they had a heavy load, so I figured I wouldn't add to it, especially when I didn't plan to do a blog post. I wondered if I'd miss the cheering, but I had lots of friends on Twitter and Instagram who were participating, and mutual cheering seems to happen naturally on social media, so it worked out fine.

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  5. There were a lot of blogs to cheer for. I cheered for five hours and didn't get through all of them. I also had no idea there was a Twitter chat, not that I'm on Twitter that much anymore....

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