In the interest of, oh, I don’t know, showing how much work goes into the readathon? Not from a show off or complaining standpoint, but just in a “see, this is what we are doing” standpoint, I thought I’d do one more post from behind the scenes the week OF the Readathon.
- Spent Saturday and Sunday (not all DAY, but probably a good part of it) establishing teams in Twitter and starting to move all the bloggers, Instagrammers, Tumblrs, etc, etc, into their spreadsheets. More than 200 people have signed up since I last looked at the list! Oh my! As each reader signs up, they are evaluated for whether they want a cheerleader or not, which platform they want to be cheered for on (Twitter, blog, Instagram, etc) and sorted into their
housesteams. Can I be Gryffindor? I would kill for a sorting hat.
- Went ahead and wrote out my four posts for the Readathon blog and scheduled them. Nice to have that off my plate!
- At this point, each platform has its own worksheet in my master spreadsheet, except for Twitter users. After last year’s record 1500 reader turn out, it was decided to move the Twitter readers to Twitter. Each reader has been put into a list in our Twitter account and every cheerleader for their respective groups will be able to go to their list and see just their readers. Our hope is to streamline
- Emailed all the cheerleaders who have signed up so far. Basically saying, yes, we see you, we love love love you and there will be more information later. There isn’t much to say yet!
- Come home Monday. After feeding family, I get online to check in. Over 30 more people have signed up! Get them into teams for their respective platforms.
- Fire off a quick post on my own blog that, admittedly, I’ve been working on for about 2 weeks. Made me happy though, so it’s all good. Take a moment to consider writing up Readathon post but decide against it just yet. Just too much to do.
- Jump on Twitter for a bit of networking. I just love talking to everyone! The excitement is building!
- Oh wait, we have a quest Tweeter tonight! Small load off. lol
- Have small epiphany. Start talking it out with Andi via Facebook Messenger. Did you know we spend all day on Messenger? Even in non-readathon times. We define “WOMANCE.” Again, I decide I don’t like this term. Just not as cool as BROMANCE.
- Begin working to see if small epiphany (which is starting to feel larger by the minute) will work.
- Mentally pace the floor. I can’t really pace the floor because I’m holding a laptop.
- Go through list again. Am so happy to see so many return readers! And even more excited to see new ones! I just love this event.
- Oh no! It’s 7:30 and kids haven’t done homework. Ugh.
- Small epiphany turns into huge one. Am all kinds of shiny. Is it possible? I DO BELIEVE IT IS. Shiny shiny.
- Tuesday, Wednesday, do it all again. Thursday and Friday too.
- Will go to bed early Friday, since I open the Readathon bright and early at 8:00 EST.
- Will have minor panic attack Friday night (just ask Andi, I always do) that we’ve forgotten something. We never do.
- Saturday: HAVE A FREAKING BLAST.
- At some point, figure out what I’m going to read and, even more importantly, what I’m going to EAT.
See you Saturday!