Hello everyone and welcome to the first ever Book Blogger Love-A-Thon! I am going to tell you the basics of what this Love-A-Thon is but if you want to get a full run-down on what inspired this event and what I hope it accomplishes, please check out THIS POST! Basically it is just like a read-a-thon except for blogs! It’s a full day of commenting, following, tweeting, facebooking, and telling other bloggers just how much we love them! I have scheduled some mini challenges throughout the day that you can choose to participate in for prizes! At the end of this event, I am hosting a giveaway for anyone who has joined in on the Love-A-Thon! Now if this is the first time you’ve heard about the event, you can still join in! It starts at 12 a.m. EST. on 2/17 and runs until 12 a.m. EST on 2/18. I will be posting a full schedule below on what is happening at each hour throughout the day. So far the list of participants is:
Be sure to check out ALL of these lovely bloggers. I just wanted to thank them and all of you for the support you have given this event. It has truly blown me away! Even though I think these bloggers are all extra awesome for joining this event, there is still an ever-growing list of fantastic bloggers on my Bloggers To Check Out page! You can head on over there at any time and scroll through the list of blogs! Now on to the schedule:
12 A.M. Welcome Post! I will be introducing all of the blogs that have signed up so far for the Love-A-Thon!
12-2 A.M. Visit all the other bloggers who are joining in on the fun and while you’re there check out some of their reviews/interviews/fun posts/etc! Make sure to leave a comment or two!
3-4 A.M. Use this time to share some of your favorite blog posts that you have just visited on Twitter and Facebook! When tweeting about it, make sure to include the hashtag #LoveAThon so the rest of us can see what you are checking out!
4-6 A.M. Comment on some of your “older” favorite blogs! There are a TON of blogs you may love to visit but may not always get the time to comment on. Look at some of their older reviews/interviews/guest posts/etc. and comment on them!
6 A.M. Mini Challenge #1 Make up a mini post in the form of a thank you letter in which you say thanks to the blogs that inspired you to start your own book blog! It can be as heartfelt or as goofy as you want to make it! I will have a post going up a 6 in which there will be a spot for you to link up should you be participating in this mini challenge. Keep in mind, the mini challenges are optional. If you do choose to participate in this mini challenge you will be eligible for a $5 Barnes & Noble OR a $5 Starbucks gift card!
7-9 A.M. Comment on NEW blogs! I have a whole tab called Bloggers To Check Out! Feel free to go to any of these book blogs or any other new ones you may have heard of! If you like what you see, follow or subscribe to the blog and of course leave a few comments!
9-10 A.M. Use this time to share some of your favorite new blogs that you have just visited on Twitter and Facebook! When tweeting about it, make sure to include the hashtag #LoveAThon so the rest of us can see what you are checking out!
10 A.M.-12 P.M. Twitter Break! During this time, talk with other book bloggers, follow book bloggers, and see what book bloggers are tweeting about! Just make some new connections! Also feel free to chat with other participants of the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon by using the hashtag #LoveAThon! We might be feeling a little tired at this point so cheering each other on is a MUST!
12/NOON Halfway mark! Let us know how you’ve done so far. If you’ve been keeping track of the amount of blogs you have visited and the amount of comments you have left, feel free to give us a little re-cap! Mini Challenge #2 Make up a mini post introducing us to a few of your “newer” favorite book blogs! They can be ones that you just found out about today or ones that you’ve recently found that have made a big impact! Keep in mind the mini challenges are optional. I will have a post going up at Noon in which there will be a spot for you to link up should you be participating in this mini challenge. If you do choose to participate in this mini challenge you will be eligible for a $5 Barnes & Noble gift card OR a $5 Starbucks gift card!
1-3P.M. Comment on some of more of the oldies but goodies! You probably didn’t make it through your list of the “older” favorite blogs the first time around so use this time to spread some love to the blogs that rock your socks off!
3-5 P.M. Comment on some more of the newer blogs! Again, these can be the ones found on my Bloggers To Check Out tab or blogs you have recently heard about in other places! While visiting these blogs, make sure to follow, subscribe via email, add them on goodreads & facebook, and follow them on Twitter!
5-6 P.M. Twitter and Facebook time! Share more of the older and newer blogs you love, follow bloggers on Twitter, like their facebook pages, etc.
6 P.M. Mini Challenge #3 Make up a mini post telling us about your book blogging experience so far! The highs, the lows, and everything in between! What made you want to start book blogging? What made you decided to STICK WITH IT when you realized how hard it can be? How has being part of this book blogging community affected you? I will have a post going up at 6 in which there will be a spot for you to link up should you be participating in this mini challenge. Keep in mind the mini challenges are optional. If you do choose to participate in this mini challenge you will be eligible for a $5 Barnes & Noble card OR a $5 Starbucks gift card
7-8 P.M. Show your own blog some love during this time! Do some organizing, reply to comments, clean up a few pages, bask in the glow of your glorious design, whatever it may be! I have an ever-growing list of background work that need to be done on my blog and I am sure a lot of you are in the same boat! Also, use this time to tweet about some posts that could use a little comment love! Be sure to use the #LoveAthon
8-10 P.M. This is going to be a random comment time! I know your fingers are probably really hurting by this point and your keyboard keys are most likely coming a bit loose with your incessant typing but this is going to be your last big stretch to leave comments and share blog love!
10-11 P.M. During this time, come up with a “love letter” blog post telling book bloggers why you love them! I will have a post up during this time in which everyone can link up their post! It doesn’t have to be to any specific bloggers, it can be to bloggers in general but tell them how special they are to you and what it is about them that makes this whole experience worthwhile! Try to check out everyone else’s “love letters” too!
11 P.M.-12 A.M. Giveaway time! If you planned on posting a giveaway for this event, please do so at this time! If not, then check out some other blogs that are hosting giveaways and enter those! Also, feel free to tweet/facebook about any giveaways you may come across!
12 A.M Ending post + Survey + Major Giveaway! If you participated in the event and kept track of all the blogs you visited and amount of comments you posted, now would be the time to make up an ending post! You can include stats, your favorite parts of the day, your not so favorite parts of the day, a few of the blogs you enjoyed visiting, etc. I will also be posting a form to fill out for a giveaway! This giveaway is for anyone who participated in the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon! The winner will receive 3 books of their choice from the Book Depository! And since I hope this is not the last year I will be doing this event, I’ll also have a survey for you guys to fill out! I would greatly appreciate it if you took just a few minutes at this time to tell me what you really thought about the event. I want to try to make it even better in the years to come!
So what do you say, does it sound awesome or does it sound awesome? If you can only participate in a little bit, that is OKAY! In fact I will even be missing for a few hours throughout the day. Just spread the love for as long as you can manage, and everything will be good! Again, thank you all so much for the support with the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon!
If there are any questions at all throughout the day you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on Twitter!