The spring read-a-thon is over! I was able to cheer on the readers for much of the time. I was there at the beginning, I was there at the end! I took a bit of time out in the day to do some yardwork, but I was a faithful cheerleader.
In the evening (about 9:00 eastern time in the United States) I was kicked off Twitter for too many tweets in too short of a time. I think if you tweet more than 40 tweets in an hour they kick you off. Fortunately, I wasn't barred for life!
I can't tell you how wonderful it was to see the "Free @BethFishReads" tweets. And I want one of those T-shirts! And it just so happened I had baked brownies to keep me going -- I was eating warm brownies, drinking coffee, and laughing at the tweets that were trying to spring me from Twitter jail!
I was able to resume my cheering and stayed online until about midnight. Then I intended to sleep about 2 hours. I never heard the alarm and woke up at 5:30 a.m. But no worries, I was back to cheering as readers crossed the finish line!
I had the best time cheering. I stayed on Twitter and didn't get a chance to read anyone's blogs (will do that over the next couple of days) -- so I watched and cheered as readers reported finished books, aching muscles, tired eyes, and more finished books.
I hope to join in the reading next fall, but I'm tempted to just play Twitter cheerleader again. I loved having the chance to be that chatty and to talk to lots of fun people I would have missed otherwise. This was a super way to meet new readers. We even recruited a few readers "off the street" when they tweeted, "What's this read-a-thon thing?"
At one point #readathon was trending so well we beat out Oprah and the NBA! Go readers! I also followed the top tweeps for the event -- I came in first even with my 5.5-hour sleep. Gosh I'm chatty!
You do not want to miss out next year. Whether you read for 4 hours or 24, whether you cheer on the blogs or on Twitter -- there is great fun to be had and you can do it in your own time frame and in your own way.
I am in total awe of all the readers: Each and everyone of you deserves a big round of applause!!!
I'll get back to normal blogging tomorrow.