Read-a-Thon has been over for about 45 minutes, and I bet a lot of you are now soundly sleeping or at least taking a serious reading and/or computer break. I have been having hours of sleep in the middle of it all, so I am online still and not feeling tired. I will take a break in less than 40 minutes though where I will be watching some of the TV I missed last night.
First of all I want to thank all the organizers of this major event. Without your skills and encouragement the Read-a-Thon would not run as smoothly as it has done these past 24 hours. You deserve a big HOORAAAAAY (and a ton of exclamationpoints after that as well)!!!!!!!!!!
There are so many people working behind the scenes for a Read-a-Thon, and I am not even sure I know them all. I've been cheerleading for the Read-a-Thon and have therefore had most contact with Eva. I know that many more are behind it all, so my thanks go out to all of you and not just Eva. THANKS!!!!
I was cheering from the very first minutes of the Read-a-Thon and was happy to have a system to work from. Otherwise it would have been hard with almost 400 readers participating (although I did happen upon blogs which were clearly not updated for a long time now and then). But it all went like a dream, and I must have left close to 500 cheering comments during my 12 hours of cheering. I found that the first 4-5 hours went by very fast without me getting to all the blogs I wanted, but the next couple of hours were equally fast and I was now into the whole cheering thing and managed to work my way through all those fantastic blogs faster than during the first couple of hours.
I was on Twitter on and off. When #readathon began trending it attracted a lot of idiotic haters and trolls and they sort of got to me. I was in no mood whatsoever to read that "reading is for morons" and stuff that was worse than that, so I had to stay off Twitter for most of the time. When #readathon was no longer trending, the haters also disappeared, though, and things became way cosier there. That was the only thing I did not like about the event (and I am not normally taking any notice of internet trolls whatsoever).
The other thing I was not quite so fond of (but which had nothing to do with the Read-a-Thon as such) was that we went from Summer Daylight Saving Times to Winter Daylight Saving Times during the night. That sort of threw me off balance, and I didn't get back online again after my rest until 3 hours before it was over. I would have liked to be there more.
Next time there is a Read-a-Thon I am signing up again. I don't know if I will sign up as a reader or a cheerleader, but I know that no matter what, I will only sign up for one thing. I cannot do both and am in awe of those who can!