Having actually heard about it ahead of time for once I’m actually debating participating in Blogathon 2003 this year.
What is Blogathon? It’s an annual event to raise money for charity not unlike various walk-a-thons or bowl-a-thons that take place at various times in various communities for various causes. The difference being that instead of engaging in a massive amount of exercise to raise money participants in a Blogathon stay up for 24 hours straight and enter at least one new entry every 30 minutes into their blogs to raise money. Much in the same way that bowlers sign up pledges for their participation in a bowl-a-thon, bloggers get folks to pledge money to see them try to participate in the Blogathon. Considering how horribly out of shape I am and what a big mouth I have this would seem to be something that’s right up my alley.
Cat Connor started this whole thing back in the summer of 2000 when she stayed up for 24 hours straight for no apparent reason with a butt-load of Mountain Dew and movie rentals and updated her blog every 15 minutes for a grand total of 96 posts in a single day. After the attention this brought to her she decided to see if she couldn’t turn it into a charity fund raising event and in 2001 the first Blogathon was held. I don’t think I had started blogging at the time and I didn’t hear about the one in 2002 until the last minute. The 2001 event netted over $20,000 and the 2002 event generated over $50,000 for various charities around the world. This year’s event takes place on July 26th, which is a Saturday, so I’m giving it some thought.
The question of whether or not to participate is two-fold. First, do I have enough regular readers who aren’t participating themselves to generate much of anything in the way of pledges? Secondly, do I have enough talent to come up with a new entry every 30 minutes for 24 hours straight? The most entries I’ve ever done in one day so far has been 10 and the Blogathon would require me to come up with 48 entries. Considering that some of my lengthier rants can take a couple of hours to put together I obviously can’t make my entries too in-depth or I’ll miss my 30 minute deadline.
As you can tell I’m more concerned about question number 2 than question number 1, though that’s still a valid question as well. So I’m still kicking it around in my head and I’ll make a decision in a day or so dependent, in part, on what kind of feedback I get about it. What do you think? Do you think you could handle 24 hours of me babbling incoherently in support of a charity?