Read-a-Thon: Comic Winner and Five Lessons Learned

by Kim on April 19, 2009 · 22 comments

read-a-thonFirst of all, I have to announce the winner of my Draw-a-Comic Mini-Challenge. With 24% of the vote, the winner is The Brain Lair! Congrats, and send me an e-mail so I can get you your e-gift certificate!

Every comic got at least a few votes, and the top three comics were very close. I Heart Monster came in second with 18%, and Alex came in third with 13%. So really, congrats to everyone who participated and voted — the comics were totally awesome.

Here are five quick lessons I learned from this year’s Read-a-Thon, before I go read and do my homework for the day (I didn’t read at all yesterday, weird?).

1. Turn off word verification for the day. I understand if you have a lot of spam, but if you can, turning this feature off makes visiting and commenting on blogs a million times either.  Thanks for those who were able to.

2. Making a Blogger profile was the best idea ever! I probably won’t use it much after this, but it saved me so much time while I was cheerleading.

3. It’s a ton of work to blog and read and cheer, so thank you to everyone who took the time to do that. Getting comments yesterday really kept me going!

4. My next mini-challenge will be less complicated. No voting or anything, just a random number generator for the winner. This will be especially important if I decide to read next time instead of cheerlead.

5. I want to read! I loved cheerleading for two Read-a-Thons, but next time I want to get to read! I didn’t pick up a book at all yesterday, which seems so strange to me. So, October, if school is looking manageable, I am going to be a Reader, at least for part of the day.

So that’s that. Great Read-a-Thon everyone, I had such a great time! You can catch up on my progress throughout the day by reading these posts: Introduction, My Comic!, Afternoon Update, Early Evening Update, and Bedtime Update.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

I Heart Monster April 19, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Thanks again for the challenge! It was a really really fun one :o)

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Nymeth April 19, 2009 at 3:17 pm

You (and all the cheerleaders) were AWESOME. And you’re so right about word verification…that tip should be in the FAQ next time.

Thank you, Kim!

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Jessi April 19, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I didn’t get to participate this time around, but I enjoyed reading everyone’s updates. Your comic challenged seemed really fun! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. :)

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BiblioMom April 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I have a blogger profile just so that it’s easier to comment on Blogger blogs. On my blog I usually have the first comment someone leaves moderated and then all subsequent comments are automatically approved but to help me out a bit I turned that off and since WordPress had a pretty good spam catcher I think I’ll leave it like that from now on.

Thank you for your time spent cheerleading. I had fun doing a little bit of everything.

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BiblioMom April 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Oh and I’m from Wisconsin too!

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Kristi April 19, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I didn’t get to participate in this read-a-thon, but I’m desperately hoping to make the October. Thanks for the tips, hopefully I’ll get to use them in the fall. Some of the comics this time around were really great!

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christina April 19, 2009 at 8:13 pm

I think that you totally rocked! Cheering & reading.

Im-pres-sive! :)

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Kim L April 19, 2009 at 8:20 pm

I was also a cheerleader for this one and I didn’t get to do any reading until later in the evening, and I didn’t make much progress because I was getting tired by then. Next time I think I will try to do both. One hour reading, one hour cheering or something like that.

Congrats to the winner of your contest! I enjoyed seeing the results of these contests, but I didn’t participate in the ones requiring creativity. I just didn’t have the energy, although they all seemed like fun. I did vote though :-)

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Lenore April 20, 2009 at 2:10 am

I wish people would turn off word verification ALL the time. If you get a little spam, delete it. If you get a lot of spam then turn on the feature where you check the comments before they post.

Glad you enjoyed cheerleading!

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Jodie April 20, 2009 at 9:48 am

I agree with the first and the last point so much. I hate word verification now whereas before I wasn’t so bothered. I also think I want to read next year, but how will that work with a mini challenge?

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Margot April 20, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Thank you for a great Read-a-Thon. I know you weren’t The Sponsor but Cheerleading meant a lot to me. This was my first experience and I didn’t know what to expect. Seeing the Cheerleader’s comments was a very pleasant surprise. It was great to see your friendly face in my comment section in the early morning hours. Next time I have decided to spend several hours just cheerleading because I saw personally how helpful it was.

I am with you on the Blogger profile. I have one too and for some people (including many on BIP) that is the only way I am known. I guess those folks think that everyone is on Blogger. It cuts down on what blogs I comment on. It would probably be an effective strategy for the BIP people to examine their own blog’s ability to receive comments. Some blogs are not comment friendly for more than one reason. Maybe that is how they wish it. But it’s frustrating.

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Fyrefly April 20, 2009 at 9:09 pm

We always appreciate our cheerleaders, but if you get the chance to read, it’s so very much fun!

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Kim April 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Good, I’m glad it was fun. I had fun reading all the comics people submitted.

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Kim April 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Getting rid of word verification has turned into my long-term Read-a-Thon quest. Soon, I’ll only be known only as the blogger than hates word verification :)

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Kim April 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I skimmed through a lot of updates, but had fun reading some of the in-depth as I was cheerleading. It looked like it went well for almost everyone. I hope your weekend was fantastic :)

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Kim April 20, 2009 at 11:19 am

Wordpress spam catcher is really good — I’ve only had one spammer that continually gets through, and it doesn’t usually stop things that it shouldn’t.

Next year I hope I can have a little more variety to my Read-a-Thon (maybe actually read a bit :) ).

And yay Wisconsin!

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Kim April 20, 2009 at 11:20 am

Yes, I loved the comics. I might do that as a mini-challenge next year too.

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Kim April 20, 2009 at 11:21 am

The comic was a little more in-depth than I thought it would be, but I was happy for the people that participated. I had fun making mine, at least :)

I hope to have more balance read-a-thonning next year too — I like the idea of alternating between reading and cheerleading. The problem is I get so focused on one thing (cheerleading) that I do it at the expense of all other things. Balance will probably be the key to the October Read-a-Thon.

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Kim April 20, 2009 at 11:22 am

I don’t mind word verification most of the time, it’s just frustrating when you’re commenting that many times in a row. After awhile the random letters and numbers started to make my eyes go buggy!

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Kim April 20, 2009 at 11:23 am

I think if you read and host a mini-challenge, the mini-challenge is a break from reading. At least, that’s how I think I will do it if I decide to read in October.

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Kim April 20, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Thank you!

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Kim April 20, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I’m so glad you had a good time with your first Read-a-Thon! It’s fun to do, but a little draining. Next time I hope I can balance a bit and actually read.

I didn’t even think to make a Blogger profile until this weekend; it was a lifesaver. For regular commenting, I think I’ll keep using Open ID, since it sends people straight to this blog, but for something like the Read-a-Thon it saved me a ton of time.

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