Mid-event survey

1. What are you reading right now?

Still Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

2. How many books have you read so far?

Part of this one.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I’d like to finish this one!

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

Not really. I am missing out on a party this evening, though, since this was scheduled first.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

Interruptions? Again, no, not really. Since I’ve been stationed at the computer much more this time than last time, I’ve been distracted by Facebook a few times, though.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

This isn’t a huge surprise, but it’s a TON of work! I can’t imagine how Dewey did this all by herself. Cannot. Imagine.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Maybe even more division of labor? In some ways this complicates things, too, but during the event it surely makes it easier. I like the hours (start and end times) of this one.

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?

Have draft posts completed as much as possible beforehand.

9. Are you getting tired yet?

Not yet. Like I said above, this event started at a pretty good time for me.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?

This is something I discovered during the June read-a-thon, but I forgot to mention it then. If you’re posting updates regularly, you’re surely using a template. Well, I discovered myself getting confused by the math required from one post to the next. So when I finished a post, I decided to copy the code from that post and paste it into a text document. Then when I was ready to update again, I pasted that code into my editor and updated all the numbers accordingly. This process saved me formatting time, but more importantly it also saved me from getting lost and allowed for easy calculation of total time read and total pages read. Not rocket science, definitely, but it worked for me.


10 responses to “Mid-event survey

  1. I like your suggestion about the post templates…that’s actually similar to what I’ve been doing, too. Good luck finishing HP&TGOF! 🙂

  2. i had to close my Facebook window! 🙂

  3. Thanks for all of your hard work!!

  4. I got distracted a few hours ago too! Oh well. Read on!

  5. I love the suggestion about update templates, I really would love to have been more organized with updates. Enjoy your HP 🙂

  6. I peep in at Facebook from time to time.

  7. The template is a great idea.

  8. Yeah, even the few hours I was being a reader, I kept forgetting what page I left off on and stuff.

    When I did it by myself, it was smaller!

    I agree, the start and end times were much nicer for North Americans this time. I noticed we had more people from all over the world this time, though, but they aren’t complaining so far!

  9. Templates can work for cheerleaders too. I’m trying to visit every reader this evening and leave a personal comment for each. But the template also helps.

    This is the template…

    I have a short story challenge up at my blog.


    I was late posting it so the deadline is not until the end of the read-a-thon.

    Please stop by if you can.

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