Blog-a-thon 2008

Blogging For Charity – My Way

No Blog-a-thon 2008?

Let’s see a show of hands, how many of you participated in last year’s Blog-a-thon?

*spends a moment to count hands*

And wasn’t it one of the most fun and inspiring 24-hours of your life? Well okay, maybe not your life, but wasn’t it FUN?!

Well, if you haven’t heard, the blog-a-thon is off this year, at least, officially. Life has been beating the administrators down and they simply can’t host it this year. They promise to come back next year but what about this year?? Waah!

I participated in the ‘thon via my writing blog, Write Stuff, which has since been restructured and renamed Write Anything last year. Me, Tammi, Andrea and Dale all took shifts – I started the ‘thon off, then Tammi took over, then Andrea followed suit, Dale ran the graveyard shift and I hopped back on at 4:00 in the morning and finished it off. The ‘thon started the last Saturday of July at 6:00 a.m. and ran until 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

You know how challenging it can be to think of something to post once or twice a day? Try posting EVERY THIRTY MINUTES! It was insane trying to stay ahead of the clock, but MAN, it was fun and so INSPIRING! My creative juices were not only flowing, they were OVERflowing.

Our charity was First Book. We feel very strongly that every child deserves a chance to read and exercise his/her imagination. So we blogged to raise money for the program to supply books to underpriviledged children. I believe we raised close to $400.00. So not only was the ‘thon exciting and challenging on a personal level, our efforts went toward a worthy cause, too.

But this year, the blog-a-thon has been cancelled, er, officially. There are a few people trying to run mini-thons (here and here) which I think is great and I may participate in them, but the bottom line is, I really want to continue the tradition in my neck of the woods, er, cyberspace. I’m toying around with the idea of maybe making another small community here at WFK. Just someplace we can gather, exchange links and charities and have a place to call hub.

Are any of you interested in forming our own little mini-thon community for the July 26th 24-hour charity blog-a-thon? Oh silly me, if you don’t know what in the world I’m talking about or what a blog-a-thon is, you can read more about the program at the official website.

Anyway, if you’re interested, just let me know in the comment section (or contact me – my email is in the sidebar), and we’ll go from there.

But for me? I’m totally doing the ‘thon this year. On my WFK blog – I might take a shift at Write Anything if the other writers are interested in participating this year (I haven’t talked to them yet). And then I’m taking a vacation from blogging for a week and will be posting … well, that’s a surprise. You’ll just have to check back (or check your feeder) for the details. 😀