Read-a-thon: Final wrap-up


It's done. I completed my first 24 hour read-a-thon.

Number of books read: One. Almost.

Running total of pages read: 371

Running total of time spent reading: 5 hours, 40 minutes

Mini-challenges completed: 12

Other participants you’ve visited: So many I have lost count! I spent the majority of my time cheering!

Prize you’ve won: none

Things you learned while participating in the read-a-thon: 
  • I should have been a cheerleader. 
  • As much as I love to read, I could only manage 6 hours. 
  • I find it hard to sit still for very long.
  • Life doesn't allow me to dedicate 24 hours to any one thing.
  • I really do have an "unlucky streak"!! lol I seriously NEVER win anything.. never. I don't get it. I guess some people just generate luck, others do not. But that's ok. I make my own luck.
  • Through this, I learned not to put so much time and effort into the mini-challenges. I spent a lot of time on them and to no avail. Next time, I won't worry about participating in them. 
  • Get plenty of sleep beforehand and nap throughout. 
  • Just go with the flow.. have a reading list and food prepared but just take it one hour at a time and see what happens. Don't plan to read for "this" long, or read "this" many books, because you feel like you had a major read-a-thon fail if you don't complete those goals.
  • Be prepared to have a heap more book blogs added to your google reader.
  • Finally, life is short and beautiful. It is about living it to the best of your ability and experiencing all you can. This is one more experience I can tick off my list. For that I am happy. 

4 comments:

Chris and Jess said...

Well done! I had great fun doing it, its funny but I can sit down for a couple of hours and read but doing it for 4 hours really took it out of me. I slept like a log after.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Congrats on the blog move - I just read your post. I am on wordpress and I am scared to move because I dont know how to make blogger work. is it easy?

For the most part I love wordpress, I just wish I had more layout options.

vvb32 reads said...

yay! for the end. i like the attitude of go with the flow.

Rachel said...

@Sheila (Bookjourney) I prefer the wordpress dashboard and the availability of stats... but there are third party programs (like google analytics) you can use to get around this.

So far I am loving the fact I can customise my layout but am struggling with formatting (as I don't know XML) I am slowly learning and hope to have this layout fixed up soon (eg. comment box only on individual pages).

I would recommend getting your own blogger address then playing around with it for a while before deciding if you want to make the move.

And if like me, you don't know XML, be prepared for a long and slow education.. ;)

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