Whew, the Read-a-Thon is over! My gosh, that was a long haul. And I definitely fell asleep around hour 20 as well. I had big plans to wake up and cheer everyone one for the last hour, but... er, I didn't :-) However, it looks like a LOT of cheerleading went on in the wee hours, which is wonderful. Here is my end-of-event meme:
1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Well, I set my alarm clock for 6am to see through the last hour, and then couldn't get myself out of bed. So probably hour 23, but that, I think, is only because I weakly chose to sleep.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I am not sure if my book choices are the same ones that would interest others. But I would stick to genres you like and are comfortable with, rather than trying new ones.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Nope, I thought it was great! Though maybe make comment verification turn-offs a HIGH HIGH priority! Also, not sure how feasible this is, but it might be cool if everyone participating was encouraged to read one book or one particular author, and then discuss that. Might be hard to coordinate, though.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
I think Eva did a fantastic job of leading the cheer squads! But really, everything was SO well organized by everyone. So many mini-challenges, so many tweets, so much enthusiasm!
5. How many books did you read?
6. What were the names of the books you read?
I, Coriander and The Lantern Bearers
7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Well, there were only two...
8. Which did you enjoy least?
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
Try not to get stressed out by the amount of people there are to visit. It's tough going, but each person you visit really appreciates it, so hitting up one blog makes a difference!
10. 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 I'll be a cheerleader again :-)
I think what overwhelmed me most about the read-a-thon was the sense of community that fostered through it. It was really amazing to see everyone online, chatting, commenting and Tweeting at the same time. And there was no competitive spirit between people- just a love of reading. I Twittered with people I had never interacted with before (is that a taboo? I kind of feel like it is, but whatever), and left comments on SO MANY BLOGS and even got some reading in. It was really nice, and I'm so glad that we have the opportunity twice a year to do such a thing. I think over the next few days, I am going to visit everyone's end-of-event memes and add people to my Google Reader. There were some blogs I really enjoyed (well, I enjoyed ALL of them) but just was too frazzled to subscribe at the time.
Thanks to the organizers! You all were amazing! Great work, everyone :-)