Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

Incoming Craziness (a Blogathon notice)

The weekend of San Diego Comic-Con won't be my only crazy weekend coming up:

Several of my online friends will once again blog for Blogathon (even though -- LONG story -- the official Blogathon site isn't even operating this year). I've followed along each Blogathon via LiveJournal since 2006. Come to think of it, I may have read an earlier one that greyduck did (Karel? When did you do the Blogathon with all of the bunny photos? Thanks. Chris).

Here's how it is: bloggers blog (bloggers blogging, like in the Christmas song!), every half an hour for 24 hours straight, from 9 a.m. Eastern Time on a Saturday to 9 a.m. Eastern Time on a Sunday. Yes, staying up, and in that time writing 49 entries. It's for charity: the bloggers choose and announce said charities and people donate. And this year, it'll happen July 31st-August 1st.

I don't know if I'll have the funds to donate -- and I definitely don't have the fortitude to do Blogathon myself yet (and it's VERY IMPORTANT that the bloggers have support staff, like a race car driver has a pit crew) -- but what I will have is the time and wherewithal to read and comment. And at 3 or 4 in the morning for a blogger, delirious on no sleep and struggling to get coherent thoughts out, it helps knowing that people are reading. It helps that I read almost exclusively Blogathon bloggers on the East Coast, so when it's a manageable 1 in the morning for me it's 4 in the morning for them.

Generally my pattern is to comment until 3:00 or 3:30 -- by which time (6:00 or 6:30) actual sunlight has returned to the bloggers' part of the world -- and then crash for a few hours, and go back in the lighted part of morning to read the grand finales. Which are usually sputtering-to-delirious-halts, but remember, the first marathon runner died: you don't want an ending that dramatic.

Don't get me wrong, by the end of my reading and commenting I'm pretty damn loopy myself, but it's for a good cause: good people I know doing something good. Savvy?

Blogathon. It'll happen even when it, officially, doesn't. *nods*

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