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Blogathon Vancouver 2009 – Save the Date


Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 — 1:24pm PDT
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Last year the official Blogathon.org site was out of commission so I took it upon myself to organize Blogathon Vancouver for those in the city that were interested in keeping the tradition alive. This year, the global event is back in full force taking place July 25th from 6am until 6am on July 26th.

Over the last three years I have been involved with Blogathon, either as a cheerleader, donor, participant, or local organizer. Essentially it’s a blogging marathon where participants publish one post on their blog each half hour for 24 hours. Along the way they collect pledges and donations online for the cause of their choice. With the official system back in place, tracking pledges will be much easier for all involved so I look forward to seeing that functionality returning. Another option is for participating bloggers to create a personal donation page on Canada Helps, a system that supports online donations for thousands of non-profits across the nation.


Karen from TinyBites.ca during her campaign / us at Duane’s during Blogathon 2008

If you are a local blogger and would like to participate in Blogathon 2009, please be sure to register on the global site starting July 1st. You can follow @blogathondotorg for their updates.

Once you’ve registered (or even if you’re thinking about signing on) please connect with me so that I can add you to a special Blogathon Vancouver blogroll and help promote your campaign. I have also arranged a place for all local participants to gather (Workspace in Gastown) should they wish to spend their 24-hours with others. The benefit of having people around is that it’s often easier to come up with post ideas, you could do a quick photo walk as a post, there’s encouragement from all sides, and you’ll be surrounded by others enduring the same insomnia/writing frenzy. I will try to register a Vancouver Tweetup during that time as well and Duane will be spearheading a Blogathon event in Chilliwack.

I will do my best to support the participating bloggers (we had 12 last year that raised well over $10,000) and I hope you’ll join us in using our online spaces to benefit some great causes.

Update: If you’re planning on signing up (starting July 1st) for blogathon, and you’re in the Vancouver area, feel free to add these badges to your site so you can start promoting your campaign a bit. After July 1st you’ll have your own donation page link etc. but it doesn’t hurt to start building the hype. Thanks so much to Kontent Creative for coming up with these. Right click and save/copy source for the file.

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25 comments

  1. Raul says:

    I’ll be doing Blogathon 2009 this year too, although I might be posting from North Vancouver ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Miss604 says:

    Awesome, we’ll patch you in via live feed at like… 3am ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Mehnaz says:

    I’m so there ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lauren Mote says:

    I am psyched for this! Hopefully I can participate, although I reside and blog from Vancouver, I will be in Toronto for a wedding THAT NIGHT!

  5. Kulpreet Singh says:

    This just might be the thing to bring my blog back from the dead. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Beth says:

    I just marked this into my calendar. Oh man, what am I getting myself into???

  7. […] on my 101 in 1001 check in posting, I ambled on over to my Google Reader and saw that Rebecca has put out the call for this year’s Blogathon, which just so happens to be on my 101 […]

  8. Zoeyjane says:

    I’d love to participate this year – I’ll be in Chicago, at BlogHer though. Will do some pondering…

  9. AC Money says:

    Is it anything like the 24 Hour Relay where TEAMS of bloggers (or, rather, members in a team) take turns like a relay race so everyone’s not actualy up the whole 24 hours? Maybe a team of 4 people blog for 6 hours each? Or does everyone just get hopped up on E or speed? YIKES! Forget 1 post every 1/2 hour, you’d be blogging something every 3 seconds!!

    All 6545 pics would be of me with glowsticks outlining the WordPress logo.

    But seriously… 24 hours straight? That’s crazy! But impressive.

    … but crazy!

  10. Colleen says:

    I am thinking about doing it again this year. The old 353review haiku site is dead, but thinking of doing a buildathon this year. The items I’d make during this time would be sold off to raise more money for the CKNW Orphans Fund.

  11. SeaBreeze says:

    I wish I could participate in this, but unfortunately I will be camping that weekend. Have you heard of hoot suite? It could help you pre-schedule some posts, unless that’s against the rules…

  12. Chris says:

    I was thinking of throwing my hat into the 24h blogathon ring, but considering I take possession of my new place on 25Jul and will be moving in on 26Jul, I’m not sure how well the fiancee would take it if I were to bail.

    If I were to say, participate and have a few timed posts, would I be considered a cheater? Like have an asterix beside my name or something?

  13. AC Money says:

    pssst… Chris:

    Asterix = French cartoon character http://tinyurl.com/b2ofh7
    Asterisk = *

    Sincerely,

    Nerd.

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  16. Chris says:

    Thanks money. I swear my ability to notice errors like that on my own is fading away year by year..

    So would I have an asterisk beside my name? I’d love to participate.

  17. Kimm says:

    If I’m not busy that weekend with dragon boat/outrigger related stuff I might be interested.

  18. […] In addition to the typical fun summer birthdays bring. I thought I might take on something more significant than usual on the eve of the last year of my 20’s, and sign up for the birthday edition of the Vancouver Blogathon! […]

  19. Jen says:

    I’ll be blogathon-ing for the SPCA. Hooray!

  20. Victor Tang says:

    i will (very surprisingly) be blogging for the developmental disabilities association! or more accurately put, we’ll be blogging for ourselves!

  21. Karen says:

    Happy to confirm that Tiny Bites will participate again for this year’s Blogathon. Thanks for leading the charge, Rebecca!

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  23. Shane Birley says:

    I should be in town this year! I will be blogging as well. Now, who should I be blogging for…hmmm. Suggestions?

  24. Karen Fung says:

    Looking forward to joining the Blogathon hijinks this year! I’ll be blogging for the Vancouver Public Space Network.

  25. […] really) that I’m missing out on the great local camaraderie going on at Workspace with the other Vancouver Bloggers doing the blogathon – there are lots of great causes to sponsor, so don’t worry if the SPCA isn’t […]

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