It’s official, there will be a Blogathon in Vancouver this year (and by official, I mean that I created a wiki page with useful information and a sign up sheet).
Based on the Blogathon of the past, which is not in operation this year, bloggers are encouraged to sign up, pick a non-profit of choice, collect pledges (which can be a flat donation, or a certain amount for every hour the blogger manages to stay awake), and blog every 30 minutes for 24 hours straight. No excessive post-dating entries, no making money (except for the charity) just purely and simply donating 24 hours of your time for a cause in hopes that your readers will pledge to keep you going.
Last year my amazing readers raised over $400 for the Surrey Food Bank. I’m hoping to shatter that record this year [Read my 2007 Blogathon Posts]
I put the call out earlier this month and the response was quite positive so I have setup the wiki and we’re all systems GO for the weekend of July 26-27.
- Sunshine Shift: 7/26/08 0500 GMT
(10:00pm PT Friday until 10:00pm PT Saturday)
- Swing Shift: 7/26/08 1200 GMT
(5:00am PT Saturday until 5:00am PT Sunday)
- Moonlight Shift: 7/27/08 0400 GMT
(9:00pm PT Saturday until 9:00pm PT Sunday)
The wiki is there to get an idea of how many people are interested, and it’s also one big link-love blogroll. If you are not in Vancouver, you can still sign up and participate – this is simply the Vancouver initiative for the Day of Blogs a spin off of the original Blogathon which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities all across North America.
I encourage all bloggers to save the date and make this effort to make a difference, especially at a time of year when charitable donations are at their lowest. You’ll have a support system of everyone else who is participating, lots of link love and many warm fuzzies.
Sign up here