Could you Blog for 24 hours straight?
June 15, 2001 8:50 AM   Subscribe

Could you Blog for 24 hours straight? While some folks are happy spending a day Not Blogging, Cat over at Frykitty is looking for people to join her in her 24 hour charity Blogathon. Sign up to blog with her or just sponsor someone. While I do think spending 24 hours at a PC is a sure sign of insanity, I can certainly respect that sort of insanity.
posted by bondcliff (22 comments total)
I like to do stuff for charity but I don't know what a "blog" is or what you do with it. Is it clean and legal?
posted by Postroad at 8:53 AM on June 15, 2001

It's all good--I hope! Here's the short version:

A participant chooses a charity, and agrees to make a new entry to their personal site every 30 minutes for 24 hours on July 28, beginning at noon Pacific Time.

Sponsors choose a participant, and at the end of the blogathon, they send $$ to the appropriate charity.

It's honor system to avoid any legal hassles.
posted by frykitty at 8:58 AM on June 15, 2001

While I do think spending 24 hours at a PC is a sure sign of insanity, I can certainly respect that sort of insanity.

Totally agreed. It's insanity for charity, and I like that. The whole idea is good, but when you add in a cause, it gets even better.
posted by hijinx at 9:05 AM on June 15, 2001

I could do this. Even if I got to the point where I absolutely had to sleep, I could just put the laptop on the bed, and set my alarm clock to go off every half hour. I think it's eminently doable.

Can we pick more than one charity?
posted by Dreama at 9:10 AM on June 15, 2001

For the sake of making it easy on the sponsors, I'd stick with one charity. Unless of course you want to do two blogs, hehe.
posted by frykitty at 9:13 AM on June 15, 2001

mmm, i don't think i could do it. i blog once every couple of days as it is.
posted by moz at 9:29 AM on June 15, 2001

Those who can't do, sponsor. Hee.

Okay, I'll stop cheerleading now.

Wait, no I won't.
posted by frykitty at 10:15 AM on June 15, 2001

wear the uniform, your sponsors will pay more
posted by moz at 10:37 AM on June 15, 2001

This is almost easier than sitting through the June Bugs Marathon the Cartoon Network had.
posted by Cavatica at 11:03 AM on June 15, 2001

Those entries are gonna get pretty interesting towards the end. `member Danny?
posted by dong_resin at 11:49 AM on June 15, 2001

Last year, I blubbered about my mother toward the end. Yeah, it gets pretty interesting. It isn't as hard to stay up as you might think. You get kind of buzzed. Hey--I wonder if there's such a thing as a "blogger high."
posted by frykitty at 12:21 PM on June 15, 2001

Well, when you don't blog for a while, you can go through Blogger withdrawl, so why not a blogger high?
posted by Ezrael at 12:54 PM on June 15, 2001

Writing a few dozen blog entries in 24 hours should be no problem. I once turned out 80 pages of a user manual in that time period.
posted by kindall at 12:58 PM on June 15, 2001

Huh. I've been disillusioned with my blog lately... sheer overexposure ought to make me either fall in love with it or cut the cord. Either choice, I like. ;)
posted by tweebiscuit at 2:29 PM on June 15, 2001

I'd do a 24 hour comic well before a 24 hour blogathon. Who really wants to read my drivel for 24 hours anyway?
posted by igloo at 2:41 PM on June 15, 2001

A friend and I thought about doing a 24-hour comic last year. Damned hard, really. Well, maybe harder when you're collaborating. And of course we wanted to do it on the web. Write...draw...scan...send...DING!

I think it would have hurt.
posted by frykitty at 2:44 PM on June 15, 2001

Whoa! This is spooky. Just last week I had this idea, but I couldn't be assed to do anything about it *g* Although it was a little different.. kitty says: 'Participants agree to make an entry on their personal page at least once every 30 minutes for 24 hours.'.. I was thinking more about every few minutes. Hehe.. honestly doubt I could keep my eyes open that long though.
posted by wackybrit at 6:47 PM on June 15, 2001

Oh.. and make sure that all people who join in are just doing it for the fun of it (rather than the publicity).. cuz you could easily end up with someone who writes a day's posts, then sets up a CGI script, lol.
posted by wackybrit at 6:49 PM on June 15, 2001

Brit: ya know, I thought about that. Before I decided I was doing it for charity, it bothered me. Now I don't care. :) What's important is raising money for the cause.

Of course I'd prefer no one used a script. I think there will be a lot of email and IM flying back and forth, so not being live won't be that easy. You'd be found out.

So, you folks that have said you could do it--you signing up, or just blowing smoke? ;)
posted by frykitty at 7:18 PM on June 15, 2001

I hope Blogger doesn't decide it doesn't think much of the blogathon and go sleepy for a while. There might be a few blood-curdling screams from weary bloggers at around the 20 hour mark when they discover an error message after posting.
posted by shackbar at 9:42 PM on June 16, 2001

Shack: welcome to my nightmare.

Maybe since Jason put it on the front page, they'll stay up with us?
posted by frykitty at 8:15 AM on June 17, 2001

Oh how I wish I had a sponsor...

Woe is me... ;)
posted by Yardsale at 10:47 AM on June 21, 2001

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