Sunday, September 25, 2011
So, have you heard the news that Dewey's 24-hour readathon is scheduled for October 22nd? I know I was doing backflips when I saw the sign-ups go up. This will be my first readathon in a year that I won't be pregnant, and Scott and my mom have promised to help with Elle during the day so that I can participate.
What I'm REALLY excited about this go-around is that Erin [from Erin Reads] and I are going to be your Readathon Cheer Captains. WAHOO!!
Sign-ups are now open for you to volunteer to be a cheerleader during the readathon. Most of the information is laid out on the post, but here are ten reasons why it's awesome to be a readathon cheerleader:
1. You'll make a reader smile with your encouragement
2. Cheering makes this event about community
3. Great way to meet a plethora of new-to-you bloggers
4. Cheering gives your eyes a break from the tiny print of your book
5. You'll probably be on Twitter anyway--why not cheer for a bit?
6. You can cheer here and there throughout the readathon
7. Cheerleaders spread the contagious excitement of the day
8. Perfect excuse to work on your rhyming skills
9. Cheerleaders have the most fun--seriously
10. Did I mention all the exclamation points you get to use?!?!!!!
Ask any participant of past readathons and they'll tell you how valued cheerleaders are to the event. But the readers will also tell you that we can always use more cheerleaders. If you're participating overseas, you can help fill the cheerleading void when many of the cheerleaders in these timezones are sleeping. If you're going to be busy the day of the readathon but still want to feel the spirit, take some time out in the evening or early morning to help spread the cheer.
And in my experience? Cheering ends up being the most exciting part of the readathon. The spirit of the day is contagious and so energizing. But we can't do it alone!
Have I convinced you to grab your pompoms and Rah Rah Rah?
I sincerely hope that you'll sign up to cheer, even if just for an hour during the event. And while you're at it, sign up to do a bit of reading as well. Dewey's Readathon is my favorite blogging event--one that I encourage everyone to participate in if you're able.
And...if you have any suggestions for the cheerleaders, I'd love to hear them in the comments below. Erin and I are committed to making the cheering as best we can, but we need your help!
Rah Rah Sis Boom Bah!!