Read-a-thon vs. Read-a-thing comparison
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I participated in the previous LTread-a-thon, signing up for a single hour. That didn't seem much different from my reading on an ordinary day, though I did enjoy seeing what everyone else was reading and feeling like I was part of a community of readers.
I made it through 15 hours of the Dewey-style read-a-thon on April 10th using the read-blog-nap-read-blog-nap... method. I appreciated when people commented on my blog and provided encouragement, but some of the other features (all the mini-challenges and some of the other online stuff) felt distracting to me. I really just wanted to read. I guess I was wanting a "do nothing but read day".
So, I guess this is my way of saying I'd like to find some happy medium between these two styles. I guess I could have signed up for multiple blocks at LT, but it would be difficult to predict in advance how to space them out through the day.
Any other thoughts about the comparison between the two types and/or alternative styles that would be more challenging than one hour, but not as involved as the Dewey-program?
Thanks in advance for your comments and suggestions.
P.S. I thought there was an earlier discussion somewhere of different models, but I can't find it now. So if this has been talked to death, please provide a link to that previous discussion. Thanks! (Okay, I finally found the previous discussion at: http://www.librarything.com/topic/79785 Site Talk: LibraryThing Readathon. I still think some refinements might be helpful and like many of the suggestions below . . .)
I had no interest in the Readathing as it's no different than any other day of reading and posting to a "what I'm reading" thread. There's no point to it.
Even something as simple as a way to mark off that a participant did read when they said they did so we can see that we actually did have 24 hour coverage, maybe with a map. A checkbox, SOMETHING.
I can't read "every day" or even as much as I would like to read.... and I got up earlier than usual to read my ReadAThing timeslot AND I read over a little bit.
For some people, an extra hour to read in a day is a big thing!! and that's not to take away from those who can take an entire day to read.... but we had someone drop out of their time to read because they had visitors & couldn't take an hour away!!
I don't need prizes or blogs or anything like that. I've got badges galore for contributions to LT. I'm happy with my hour plus reading with a virtual wave to the other readers.
This feels right for now... not too big. We had more readers this time than for the beta (I think) even with a shorter notice time.
If you want to contribute something to the "prize patrol" then choose a new book or journal & mail it to Sonya or someone coordinating RaT. If you want to certificates for readers, let someone know & we can design certificates & email them out!! There's a lot of creativity here on LT.
We can't expect LT to supply all the goodies. Sonya, tell me if I'm wrong, I think this is supposed to be a member-led endeavor... so if we want to add 'stuff' to the events, we need to provide them.
If there is to be change, then I think a variety of times is better than just one format... let this evolve to more what the group wants... and if a group wants a 24 marathon, then they can do it.... but if another group wants a shorter event, we can do that, too. I don't think we are wedded to one format, but we should think smaller to start with.
I like that there are all of these options for reading programs. There's a Do Nothing but Read Day, the 24 Hour Readathon and ReadaThing (and more out there in the internet ether), and they don't all have to do what the other is doing.
My personal opinion (which means I wish I could turn my L badge half-off) is to keep it simple, for now. Simple adjustments, simple changes.
Still on the personal opinion line, I like the idea of a themed readathing. Especially if we want to do these on a monthly basis, I'd like to have the challenge of reading sci fi, romance and non-fiction over the next three months.
How about this idea -- each month's readathing could be curated/led by a member -- either for the genre, or for a style of event that included games and mini-challenges. That way the program stays in the hands of members, but someone with the time and vision can take us down whatever path they like. We could use polling to vote.
I think, also, it would be better if we could use this group in a more interactive way during the readathon. I'd really like to see people to set up threads for their own readathon reading, especially if you're lucky enough to drop in and out of this during the day. Then I could check in on what people have done. I don't mean that people *have* to do this, and there should still be the main thread but I think if people were encouraged to post here, the group would be more lively. I know it was suggested that we should 'keep it simple' on the group with one thread per readathon but I don't really think that works. It makes it hard to follow any one person or a thread of interaction. I still think we should have the check in and out thread, just like this time but it would be great to see the individual threads too. I know groups as large as The Green Dragon can be too voluminous for some to follow but groups that are fairly controlled and a bit dead are also not the greatest thing for this kind of thing. Just my two pennies.
Which I wasn't meaning have LT staff do this. We can do this. Heck I would love to find a way to do this for a charity (sorry about the spelling still kinda tired). I wasn't talking prizes like immediately I was meaning down the road a ways.
Sonya I love the idea of a themed readathing.
i run a farm, which is nearly a 24/7 job and there just isn't someone i can get to take my place when certain things go wrong (and they can go wrong at any time). setting aside certain hours is doable, but setting aside 14-24 is not. it's not always feasible to spend a bunch of extra time blogging about what i'm reading at that moment... it's usually the middle of the night before i get around to doing things like that.
the Read-a-thing was nice and relaxing and a great way to stay plugged in with a community of readers in "real-time" - it was my first experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I haven't tried a Read-a-thon yet but am tempted to try - it would have to have a goal. Canada Post has a charity to encourage literacy: it would be a great way to encourage donations and get myself motivated!
Personally I can't commit to a whole day of reading because the weekend is the only time I get to see my husband.