It’s almost time for this year’s Blogathon.

The semi-annual charity event for bloggers is almost upon us again. Yes, the Blogathon is back and scheduled to take place on July 25th. For those of you who are uninitiated, the blogathon is just like a bowlathon except instead of getting people to sponsor you to wear loud shoes and throw heavy balls at little pins you get people to sponsor you to stay awake for 24 hours writing an entry every half-hour. That may not sound all that hard, but as someone who has participated in the project twice previously I can honestly say that it’s tougher than you might think. Around about 3 or 4 in the morning your entries are often barely coherent.

As I said I’ve done it twice before, have sat out a couple of times, and a couple of years they didn’t do one. So I’m thinking about doing it again this year, but the problem is that I don’t know if I can come up with enough things to blog about. You’ve probably noticed that my daily blogging has been sporadic and short as of late and that’s largely to do with the writer’s block I’ve been suffering from. If I can’t manage a couple of posts in a day at the point then how the hell am I going to do a couple of posts an hour? With the time limit in effect it’s difficult enough to put up anything of substance and it’s even more difficult when you haven’t had anything of substance to say for awhile.

So I’m wavering on it. I’d like to do it, but I don’t know if I’m in intellectual shape to do it. What do you guys think? Would you be willing to sponsor me if I decide to do 24 hours of semi-intelligent blathering? Let me know in the comments.

Update: It just occurred to me that it might be fun to see if I could do it as either a partial or full video blog or maybe multiple short podcasts where I talk about whatever topics folks send my way. That could be fun. Hmmmmm…..

3 thoughts on “It’s almost time for this year’s Blogathon.

  1. It sounds interesting, and I generally enjoy listening to the things you have to say. I would probably even enjoy them several times in a day. I couldn’t figure out how many dollars sponsoring would be? Any idea?

  2. Doing podcasts during the ‘Thon is cruel, since they can only be watched in real-time, which takes away from blogging by other ‘Thonners …

    I think the way to handle the Blogathon, topic-wise, is to decide on a “schtick”—something with multiple instances about which to talk.  So you have 40-50 entries.  What fits into that number?  Write something about favorite books, one each time.  It doesn’t have to be NYTimes Book Review-worthy, but something that helps you share why a book means something to you.  (Coming up with a format in advance—“Writing, Plot, Characters, Cover, Who would like this?”—makes it a lot easier in the Wee Hours to think of something to say.)

    Or do movies.  Or TV shows.  Or 15 of each of those.  Or find in a advance (this isn’t NaNoWriMo, so you can do prep work in advance) 40-50 memes/quizzes on Facebook and do one each half-hour.  Or something.

    If you’re into food, come up with some favorite recipes.  Or 40-50 whacko religious fundamentalists that you can pick a particularly egregious quotation from.  Make the list ahead of time, then spend your half-hour looking them up.

    Endless possibilities.  It doesn’t have to be John Steinbeck or George Will or Hunter Thompson or Neil Gaiman quality.  The point in a Bowl-a-thon isn’t to bowl 50 .300 games.  It’s to bowl for 24 hours.  Ditto here.

    And, frankly, I for one would like to read what you have.  Or at least be able to IM with you at 3-in-the-giddy-morning.

    (Hmmmmm.  If we did joint podcasts, would that count for both of us?)

  3. Maeamian, the sponsorship amount is usually for you to decide. We pick charities that will accept donations of any amount. The first year I did it for the Association for International Cancer Research and the second time around I did it for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. I haven’t even begun to consider which charity I’d be blogging for this year yet, but I’m open to suggestions. Both past efforts resulted in a couple hundred bucks in donations, which doesn’t sound like a lot until you total that up with all the other bloggers and then the numbers get quite large.

    ***Dave, I love how you go from “don’t do podcasts” to “what about joint podcasts?” 😀

    Even if I didn’t do podcasts or video blogs per se I might still make use of the webcam and headset to broadcast while I’m doing it. At the very least I’d have twitter going. Hmmm. I’m leaning towards it. It’s always been fun in the past.

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