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July 06, 2006

Blogathon 2006: Blogging for Books!

Blogathon 2006

I have now officially signed up for the Blogathon. This means that from July 29 at 9 am (Eastern time) to July 30 at 9 am, I will be blogging every half hour. Yes. Every half hour. All night. I've been meaning to do this for a few years, but this was the first year that I managed to a) request the day off from work, b) sign up on time, and c) feel like I had enough readers to make it worthwhile.

I will be blogging for Reach Out and Read. They're an organization that promotes literacy by giving books to children at regular pediatric appointments. I chose this particular literacy program because the clinic where my mom (a pediatrician) works has been participating in it for years. It really seems like a great program. Oh, and knitters, one of the founders of Reach Out and Read is none other than Perri Klass! So it's got a knitting connection, too.

Because I'm blogging for a children's literacy program, children's books will be my theme: at least one post each hour will be a tribute to one of my favorite children's books.

So. How can you help? Two ways:

1. Sponsor me! If you have the funds and inclination, I could certainly use your sponsorship. Every little bit helps - I'd be thrilled that you wanted to participate, regardless of the amount. You contribute directly to Reach Out and Read, so you know it's all on the up-and-up, but you have to click through this link so that it counts toward my blogathon total. (If you don't want to/can't contribute through the online process for whatever reason, let me know and we might be able to work something out.) You can choose whether to sponsor with a lump sum or an amount per hour.

2. Moral support! I have to stay awake and blogging for 24 hours, remember? Stop by the blog! Leave comments! IM me! If you're local, come visit! Bring cookies! You get the idea. If you can't contribute funds, I will definitely appreciate other kinds of support during the blogathon.

Thanks! I'm so excited! Now to think about which books I'll want to blog... (I'll get a link up on the sidebar soon, with a running total of how much money I've raised.)

Posted by Kat at July 6, 2006 11:43 AM

Wow! That's a great idea. I'm jobless, so I can't sponsor at the moment, but I'll be sure to virtually stop by for moral support.

Posted by: Colleen at July 6, 2006 12:16 PM

Stop by my cube tomorrow after lunch, I don't have a credit card so hopefully a cash donation will do. And maybe, just maybe, I can provide some nice hot (or iced) tea when you least expect it.

Posted by: Ali at July 6, 2006 12:37 PM

Wow! Talk about intense... You're going to play havoc with my bloglines. ;) I should be able to support you.

Posted by: Chris at July 6, 2006 01:43 PM

That sounds like lots of fun...Good luck...and we'll work something out on sponsorship as I don't do credit cards either...maybe I can mail you a little something...??

Posted by: Sara at July 6, 2006 03:26 PM

I'll be interested to see which of my favorites you choose. Hey, I don't have to be up and reading the whole time, do I? ;-)

Posted by: beadslut at July 6, 2006 04:19 PM

I should be able to offer moral & financial support. What a nice way to raise funds for charity. Every half hour? Ye gads.

Posted by: Carrie K at July 6, 2006 04:41 PM

Hmm. Maybe just financially. I think I'm in Carmel that weekend. I really, really hope I stay off the computer but....

Posted by: Carrie K at July 6, 2006 04:43 PM
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