So Valentine’s Day 2012 is coming up. Your significant other will probably get some kisses, if you have kids I’m sure they’ll get some candy hearts, the kitty cats and/or puppies will get a scratch or two behind the ears, and if you’re anything like me, you will be watching The Vow with all of your closest friends while simultaneously stuffing your faces with ice cream and popcorn because “we are strong, independent women who do NOT need a guy in lives ESPECIALLY on Valentine’s Day, a stupid little holiday, to make us happy” but what about all the bloggers out there? All those people who work day after day on their blogs, keeping up with their reading, and writing reviews until their finger bleed? Well maybe not until the fingers are bleeding, but you get the point! Don’t those people deserve a little love too? If you want to show a few book bloggers just how special they are to you by sending a little love their way, then this Love-A-Thon is for you!
I thought up this idea last year on Valentine’s Day when I tweeted something along the lines of “Today’s Valentine’s Day. Spread the love by commenting on 10+ blogs.” I was surprised by how many RT’s it got (keep in mind this was only my 2nd month on Twitter and 3 RT’s meant I was world’s most popular person). Well that idea started forming with a BUNCH of little ideas that eventually turned into this big, final idea to have a Love-A-Thon.
What is a Love-A-Thon, you may ask? It is quite similar to a Read-A-Thon but instead of reading books for an extended period of time, you will be spreading the love to bloggers all over! I am still working out a lot of minor details but here’s what I hope to accomplish with this love-fest:
Who: Anyone and everyone can sign up just as long as you remember to keep it friendly! I would like it if you had a place to post stuff so having a blog is required (I don’t think anyone without a blog would try to sign up for a Blog Love-A-Thon but sometimes you can never be too careful!)
What: A Blogger Love-A-Thon! This will be a day full of commenting on blogs, following blogs, tweeting about blogs, thanking blogs, sharing the word about awesome blogs, telling another blogger how freaking awesome they are, the list goes on and on. Basically it will consist of fun posts, mini challenges, lots of commenting, and perhaps a giveaway or two! I do not have a full schedule completely detailed out yet but I will be e-mailing it to everyone who hopes to participate. Since I am a simple person and like to keep things that way, it will most likely be a fairly easy-to-follow schedule!
When: February 17th 2012 at 12:00 a.m. EST until February 18th 2012 at 12: a.m. EST. I understand that life gets in the way which is why I am not putting in major time restrictions on how long you have to actually be participating! If you can only do it for 12 hours, then do it for those 12 hours!
Where: Twitter, blogs, Facebook! All of your posts will be on your blog but OF COURSE links are welcomed on Twitter and Facebook!
Why: I doubt any of you were asking this question but just in case, it is because there are SO MANY book bloggers that I love! I want to take this opportunity to tell them how much I appreciate all the time and energy they put into their blogs. I know this is hard work and we have all had that moment of feeling like “is there anyone even paying attention to what I’m saying?” I just really hope that a day like this will be good to lift the spirits of book bloggers everywhere! (There I go sounding all cheesy! I am sure I’ll be regretting my wording in about 2 hours but oh well, it gets the point across!)
How: If you would like to participate it is easy to sign up! (Or as easy as I can make it!)
Step 1- Read over everything I had to say and see if you a) agree with it b) want to take part in it and c) are able to participate in at least part of it!
2- Take the button at the top and save it to your computer.
3- Put it in your sidebar if you want!
4- Make up a post talking about the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon (and of course link back to this post). Also, it would be really sweet if you could put that button you so conveniently saved to your computer during step 2 and put it in the post somewhere. Your post can be as simple or as extravagant as you want. It can just be a copy and paste sort of deal or use your own wording. I don’t care just as long as ALL of the main info is there for anyone stopping by!
5- Publish your post and get the link.
6- Come back here, fill out the form and paste the link for me! Yes I will be checking out all participating blogs!
7- Tell people about this! Of course I would be happy if even 1 person wanted to do this with me but I think the more, the merrier!
8- Tweeting is optional BUT if you do Tweet about it try using the hashtag #LoveAThon. That way if I see it (trust me on this, I will now be stalking that hashtag like no other) I promise to RT for you!
Thanks for your interest in my first ever Book Blogger Love-A-Thon! If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or even suggestions on what we can do for mini challenges during the event, please feel free to e-mail me at katelynsblog(at)aol(dot)com!