While I’m quite relieved that I can now relax from my cheerleading duties, I couldn’t help missing the frenzy of having to visit my angels’ respective blogs and leave personalized cheers. I think I was too serious in that aspect. 🙂
Anyways, since I only participated as a cheerleader, I think I’d skip to question #s 9 and 10:
9) If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
There are no hard and fast rules but I thought these might help:
- Know beforehand your teammates (and probably the assigned hash tag for you) and the angels (readers) who will be assigned for you.
- Work with a schedule so you won’t miss out in cheering anyone. And since you’re following a schedule, you’ll be able to estimate at least how many minutes you’re going to spend on each blog.
- Leave messages that are as genuine as possible. Nothing’s more upsetting if you see canned responses when you know that the reader is working hard to meet his/her reading goals.
- Check the read-a-thon hash tag so you’d be in the loop most, if not all, of the time.
- Please do send good vibes to everyone involved even they don’t happen to be your angels.
- Prepare some snacks to munch on while on cheerleading duty.
- Avoid thinking about gaining awards just because you’ve been a super cheerleader. Instead, focus on being as helpful as possible.
- Celebrate every victory that your angels are able to accomplish. Finishing 1 book in a situation that stressful is no ordinary feat so make your angel feel special if he/she is able to achieve that.
- Ask tips from senior cheerleaders. Their unique take plus experience will greatly benefit you.
- Last but not the least, have fun! That’s the main reason why people read – to have fun – so don’t ever forget that.
10) How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I would still sign up for the next read-a-thon. But I think I’d prepare myself more for it. I would still like to be a cheerleader because it was fun cheering on my angels. But I think I would also like to sign up as a reader, maybe to read just a book or two. I think it will be fun getting cheers also. 😀
And because I had so much fun during the #readathon, I would like to take this opportunity to mention the bloggers who have made the whole experience something really fun, fruitful and educational for me:
@El_Oquent | @RoofBeamReader | @kinnareads | @Sharli17 | @shanidar | @bonjourcass | @AlejandraMacas | @owltellyou | @Joystory | @nerfreader | @cessie | @YA_BookOfTheDay | @snakes6 | @sophphh | @ReadingInWinter | @booksandwine | @capriciousreadr | @patchworkbunny | @theoncominghope | @Shaunesay | @Midnghtbookgirl | @readathon | @Bookish_nimue | @NCalderon28 | @ReadingWifeJac | @jewelknits | @purplemoonmyst | @BethFishReads | @justabookworm | @shanaqui.
You guys totally rock! 😉
Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon will be back in April of 2012. So hopefully, you can join the fun by that time. 😉