"I've never seen you so dedicated to something.... besides Molly." - Shane Evans, a.k.a., Bu, a.k.a., Mr. BonesBlogathon was completely amazing. It was really exciting to focus so intently on just creating anything, being in the zone of art/writing and just generating content straight from the tap in my brain- like mental draft beer, foamy and good. I do have a few ideas in hindsight to help me next year:
- Make up a bunch of ready-to-serve mini -meals. I didn't stick very well to my "small, frequent meals thing" because it was such a blurred rush to get anything ready between posting times.
- Set an alarm for medications one may need. Somebody forgot her bedtime birth control pill because there was no bedtime.
- Create a quick Excel speadsheet for sponsors. Tables to include: Name/Screen name, Amount, Website/URL to credit. Do an auto-sum in amounts column for running total. I kept miscounting my totals.
- Send a personal email, a couple of weeks before to friends, family, & networks. I had a lot of people who caught bits and pieces from my Twitter stream or on Facebook but didn't really get what Blogathon was about.
- Schedule set times to stretch/walk/move. Don't wait until the muscles are already stiff.
- Get outside, maybe do a mobile post or two from a WiFi cafe or something.
- Rest eyes by closing them for periods- carefully!- and/or going outside to focus on distance to rest the up-close eye muscles.
- Plan for 4 am slump. Recruit a night owl friend visit or phone call. Plan more frequent breaks starting toward the end.
- Structure posting schedule a little more. Leave room for spontaneous silliness but use fewer desperate-for-content boring quizzes.
- Keep a better eye on the Blogathon site- I missed fun contests (a drawing contest even! drat!) and interaction.
- Schedule some between-post times to surf; I don't feel like I was interactive enough on other Blogathon blogs.
My doodles are on my Flickr page. Here's slideshow eye candy:
Donations are accepted through the end of the week, and I'll leave the link up in my posts until then. I am filled to brimming over with love and gratitude for these wonderful sponsors:
After a night of normal sleep, I found Jim, of Wabi-Sabi fame, had made this hysterically fun photo:
Lastly, I have link love for my favorite blogger participants:
A Day in the Life
Oh, Honestly, Erin
This Fine Mess
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