A belated CONGRATS to everyone who participated in Blogathon! Woohoo! :DQuickly, a blogathon.org post of import:Hey bloggers and sponsors – don’t forget that today is your last day to sponsor one of the bloggers who participated in Blogathon this year. After 5pm PDT, we’ll be closing up sponsorships, and emails to sponsors will go out first thing tomorrow morning. Hurry up and sponsor a blogger for the 2009 Blogathon while you still can!
There are a few more blogathon.org blog posts to share in these final hours before the thon starts! I won't be cross-posting everything that gets posted during the 'thon itself (I'll be too busy with my own posts!) so if you want to see the contests and encouragement from the admins, be sure to check the blogathon site tomorrow!Now, on to tonight's posts:First, Sheana tells us about the new chat room on the site! It's located at www.blogathon.org/forum/chat.Heather posted a final charity/blogger spotlight, focusing on the bloggers with less than $10 in pledges who don't fit into the other categories.Sheana encourages us to post pictures to the blogathon flickr group!Heather urges everyone to check out the surfing frame as an easy way to see other bloggers posts.And finally, Colleen revealed this year's monitor list! (By now you've probably heard from your monitor. If you haven't, check that list and make sure you're on it!)That's it! See you all bright and early (6AM Pacific Time)!
Here's Sheana's post regarding comments and CAPTCHA:
While this isn’t a hard and fast rule, it’s one of the most important things you can do to make sure you have a successful, fun Blogathon – turn on your comments! In order for our monitors (who are going around today to introduce themselves) to be able to get in touch with you, cheer you on and generally tell you how awesome you are, you need to have comments enabled! This isn’t a hard and fast rule (not this year, anyway), but we strongly suggest that all bloggers participating in the Blogathon have commenting enabled (even better if you enable public/anonymous commenting, so the monitors and other visitors don’t need to register just for the event).Also, and important note: while many folks use CAPTCHA mods or plugins to prevent spam commenting on their blogs, CAPTCHA can make commenting impossible for Blogathon volunteers, as well as for your sponsors, friends, and others visiting you during the Blogathon. For this reason, if you have comments enabled, we ask (though we won’t remove you – we’ll just be a little bummed!) that you disable CAPTCHA for the duration of the Blogathon (and a little before, if possible, so monitors can say hello!).If you don’t have comments enabled, don’t worry – we’ll still be visiting you all the time, and your site will still be able to be highlighted on the main blog here during the event. If you do need to get in touch with your monitor and you don’t have comments enabled, we suggest posting a thread in the Blogger Discussion forum, or sending us an email (we can forward it to your monitor, if you ask). Not incredibly difficult, but wouldn’t opening up comments be infinitely easier? :)
What are you...eating?doing to stay awake?doing to keep busy?
First, there was another blogger/charity spotlight, this time focused on people blogging for Literacy and Education.Sheana posted an important note reminding us of the rules:First up, a celebratory note and a push: We’re just under $19,100 right now. We’d love to be past the $20,000 mark before the Blogathon actually *starts* at 6am Pacific time on Saturday – so please, pester those friends/relatives/coworkers to pledge anything they can! For those of you who work for larger businesses, why not ask if your employer will match the donations you’ve received – it looks good for them, and it’ll be GREAT for your charity!Since the Blogathon starts just about 48 hours from now, we do want to take a moment to highlight the rules of the Blogathon. As listed in the FAQ, the rules are: * Each participant must post to their blog every 30 minutes for the 24-hour period beginning on July 25, 2009, at 6:00 AM Pacific Time. Everyone blogs during the same 24-hour period. For example, if you are blogging from Havana, Cuba, you would begin at 9:00 am (0900). In Sydney, Australia, you would begin at 11:00 pm (2300). In Moscow, Russia, you would start blogging at 5:00pm (1700). You need not post right on the half-hour, so don’t panic about exactitude. Just be sure you’re posting once about every 30 minutes. * You will post a total of 49 posts, not 48. Your first post will be at the beginning of the Blogathon, and your last post will be at the very end – one post every half hour from 6am Pacific to 6am Pacific. Thus, your last post should be at 6am Pacific on Sunday – not at 5:30am. * Your blog must be available to the public for the duration of the Blogathon. * If you have script on your page that breaks your site out of frames, you must remove it before you sign up. * Don’t use an update script or other trick so you can go to bed and still blog. You must be awake and participating in person. * You are required to have fun.
That's right -- as the subject says, Blogathon starts in less than 48 hours! Are you excited? Have a plan for what to talk about (or a plan to wing it)? Been getting support or are you struggling to find sponsors?I want to see who else is out there from LJ land! (The friends list is an easy way to follow fellow bloggers who are on LJ!) If you feel so inclined, make a post to this community with a few things about you: who you are, what charity you're blogging for (and why!), what kind of things you're going to post about, any sponsor incentives you might have, and anything else you feel like sharing.I'll start! I'm feather, aka joyfulfeather. This is my third year of participating in this event -- I did the official blogathon in 2007 and last year's unofficial "Day of Blogs." It's always been a blast, and I'm excited for this year!I'm blogging for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. The NFCA is dedicated to raising awareness of celiac disease in order to get people diagnosed, as well as to fund research for a cure. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack itself when a person eats gluten. (Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, and related grains.) The symptoms can range from moderate to very severe. It's not an uncommon disease, but too many people have never even heard of it. The average time it takes someone to get a diagnosis is ten years. That's not right. I'm blogging for the NFCA because people need to know about this disease and need to get diagnosed if they have it. The only "cure" right now is living a gluten-free lifestyle (no gluten at all in your diet). It's not easy, but it's doable -- and the more people know about the disease, the easier it will be.During blogathon, I'm going to be baking some gluten-free goodies (bread and brownies) and talking about various things related to celiac and other gluten sensitivities. I also plan to do some crafty things (sewing or knitting) and taking pictures of what I'm working on. Other than that, I just plan to have fun! (I may write and post some fiction, too...)And of course I'll be spending time reading other people's 'thon posts! I can't wait!
Just as soon as I hit "post," another one goes up! This one's pretty awesome, though:
We hadn’t planned to open up the Blogathon store this year, but in light of recent emails we’ve received inquiring about schwag, we went ahead and updated all the items for the 2009 Blogathon.We’re not marking up any of the items, so you’ll be paying only what Cafepress is charging – nothing goes into the Blogathon coffers for this. This means that the buck or two you’ll save buying the shirt itself can go towards getting Cafepress’s fancy “1 Day Shipping” so you can (hopefully?) have your shirt in time for the Blogathon.Go shop!
Registration ends tonight! If you want to participate and haven't registered yet, do it now!Now, onto the blog posts:First, on Monday, a 'thonner was on the radio in Victoria, BC! If you caught the broadcast, comment here!Second, there were two more blogger spotlights: Medical, Health & Awareness and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender. Check out the list of bloggers who need your support! A lot of people still have less than $10 with just a few days before the event. If you've got a few dollars to spare, consider helping out our fellow bloggers and their causes!Next, Heather posted about Vancouver bloggers featured in the Vancouver Sun: ( Read more...Collapse )And finally, Heather reminds us that registration closes tonight!
Heads-up bloggers, if you’re planning to participate in the 2009 Blogathon but haven’t registered yet, do it quick!Sign-ups for this year’s Blogathon will be closing at 5:00pm PDT today!To sign up, go to the login/registration page located here and follow the steps. Then be sure to put your “sponsor me!” links on your blog so your readers can pledge.Please note that it’s just blogger registration to participate in the Blogathon that ends tonight. Sponsors can still pledge until Friday, July 31st!
Whew! We're at T-5 days 'til the event! If you're not checking the blogathon site and the forums, you should be!There are just under three days left to register for the event! No new registrations will be taken after 5:00 pm PDT on July 22nd. You have to register to officially participate! The site keeps track of your sponsors and sends them a reminder email after the 'thon so they know where to donate.Now, updates from the blogathon.org blog!First, last week Sheana posted a plea for sponsors -- many bloggers still need support: ( Read more...Collapse )Heather posted about 'thon bloggers spotlighted in their local media: ( Read more...Collapse )Jen's cat posted a charity highlight focusing on animal charities.Poe posted a plea for monitors, those late-night sanity saviors!Heather has a blogger spotlight with a bunch of people blogging for animal rights -- all of whom have less than $10 in pledges!Jen posted a note to RAINN bloggers: ( Read more...Collapse )Sheana posted a "sponsor me" button tutorial -- know it, use it, love it! (You don't get sponsors without asking, and you don't raise money without sponsors!)Finally, Heather has another blogger spotlight, this time focused on bloggers supporting children's charities.
How are you guys encouraging people to sponsor you? I am having a hard time. By this time last year I have over four hundred dollars. Right now I have $80.