It’s time for Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon again – on April 9, 2011, readers will be diligently reading around the clock.
I’ve never participated as a reader in the Read-a-thon, but I participated as a cheerleader a year and a half ago (and got booted off Twitter as a result, for cheering/tweeting too much!). Even though I wasn’t able to commit 24 hours to the event, I had a blast cheering others on, and it was a lot of fun getting caught up in the swirling energy of all those readers reading.
I also found a lot of new-to-me blogs as a result.
During every Read-a-thon since then, I’ve always had this one thought: reading is alive and well and yes, there are a ton of avid readers out there. As a reader, until I discovered book blogs, I’d always felt rather alone in my world; many of my friends simply did not read very much. Meanwhile, I was avidly consuming book after book after book. Discovering book bloggers changed this perspective. These days, it feels very nice indeed to know there are so many devoted readers in the world beyond my own real life backyard, so to speak.
This year, I will probably sign up as a cheerleader again. The organizers of the Read-a-thon are incredibly well-organized. Unless they’ve changed things, as a cheerleader, you get put onto teams, and you get a group of bloggers to cheer on, and, well, the organizers just make it all so easy, and when things are easy, you can bet I’m having fun!
I’m also thinking about hosting a mini-challenge here, too. It’s a wonderful way to give back to the reading community.
What about you? Will you be participating in the Read-a-thon, either as a reader, a cheerleader or a mini-challenge host?