Interest in a September 2014 ReadaThing?
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Most of our usual organizers are busy, but if there's enough interest, I'll organize a short 4-day ReadaThing in September. September 11-14 works best for me, but I'll consider other dates if there's a groundswell of interest/requests.
If you want/need a longer ReadaThing, you'll need to find someone else to organize it (create the Wiki, time zone charts, field signup questions, etc.). Four days is the most I can manage right now.
Thanks! It would be great if you could help field questions and help people with the wiki (sign up before and during). (That way I can actually feel free to READ rather than be constantly checking the threads :) If we get enough interest and pick dates I can do the other set up parts. Let's see what happens.
Äänestys: I would participate in a ReadaThing during Friday August 29 - Monday September 1 (Labor Day US).
Äänestys: I would partcipate in a ReadaThing during Thursday September 11 - Sunday September 14.
Äänestys: I would prefer a longer ReadaThing and am available to organize one (leave message below).
Yes to all the above for me, I'm game whenever. Of course it's possible something will come up but, as of now there's no plans in the works that would thwart participation. :)
From the Wiki for the April 2014 RaT:
"What is ReadaThing?
ReadaThing is NOT a read-a-thon!! You do not have to read for the entire week unless you want to (and have impossible endurance...)! ReadaThing is a time when we gather to read & share what we read. The best analogy I can offer is that ReadaThing is like a relay race where a runner hands a baton off to the next runner. Some of the readers sign up for specific reading times & some don't, but there is always someone in the group reading somewhere in the world."
The idea/hope is that during the time of the ReadaThing, someone will always be reading, but not always the same someone!! So we create a chart of reading times and try to have someone volunteering in each of the one hour time slots. So the more people we have scattered around the globe the better chance we have of knowing that one of our RaT group is reading at all times.
Hope this makes some sense . . . it's supposed to be fun, not complicated :)
and yay for more people helping to organize it! The more people who know how to run one the better.
I thought you were busy? :)
Let's give it a few more days to see if we get more votes, but I'm fine with doing the setup . . . it's the monitoring of the threads and answering questions that's a bit harder for me (because I don't check LT every day).
I'm getting ready to go out of town in a few days and will be gone until August 11th. When I get back I'll check the votes and comments and we can go from there.
Right now, Labor Day weekend is looking good . . . we'll see.
Those of you in other groups with people who've been known to join in on RaTs, please point them to this thread sometime over the next week so we get a good sense of who might join us.
The announcement thread is at: http://www.librarything.com/topic/179149
HELPERS!: Please look everything over and let me know if I missed anything or messed anything up.
Every ReadaThing I've participated in, there have been at least a few new people - new to RaT or new to LT - who saw a message somewhere and followed it to the group. That's the aim.
For the organizers to put one or two messages in other groups is one thing. This is just aggravating.
In previous RaTs, people told us that they heard about it in other groups. It is also the best way to get NEW people into the (now less frequent) RaTs. Obviously, I have no control over people copying and pasting rather than customizing their message. You will get to read about it again in the upcoming SOTT. Try to just ignore it if it bothers you that much.
(I actually have stopped following most of TALK because certain groups (the challenges) have basically taken over the entire feed . . . not much any one of us can do about that . . . but it does make it difficult to get anything from a smaller group seen by the larger LT community unless you post in those groups (which I do not).)
Sorry for the inconvenience, just trying to get the word out so we can fill all the spots.
If so, sending a message to that person is more appropriate than telling the organizers to not encourage spreading the word after they go to the trouble to make the event happen.
MarthaJeanne, I think you got unlucky in seeing all 5 in your subscribed groups, but it is indeed encouraged to spread the word beyond this group to encourage first timers. I'd hate to see this practice discouraged - I'd certainly have never heard about RaT without it.
As I said above, I'm not against the organizers mentioning it in one or two places, but creating identical topics in several groups is a good way to get people mad.
I'm sorry you have been upset on this occasion by one overenthusiastic supporter. I'm sure we can find a common sense way not to throw the baby out with the bath water :)