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16th July
written by Caryn

Has it been a year already?

It seems we’re making a tradition of blogging ALL! NIGHT! LONG! when midsummer rolls around. Some of you may remember that I participated in the Blogathon last year. It was a fun, challenging and rewarding experience and while I may seem a bit crazy for willingly staying up all night on the internets, people do it all the time and not even for charity. Because I’m a sucker for a good cause and I’ve always wanted to have my own telethon phone bank, I’ll be blogging for 24 solid hours once again on July 29 starting at 9am ET until 9am ET Sunday July 30.

I’ll be blogging in support of ProLiteracy Worldwide, my selected charity for this event. To quote myself from last year’s effort:

ProLiteracy Worldwide is a great organization that provides funds, resources and support for literacy programs worldwide — at the national level and in your local communities. ProLiteracy also is the force behind such programs as Verizon Literacy Campus and the National Book Scholarship Fund. They provide the backbone for supplies and training for literacy volunteers and organizers through their international programs, as well as in the US through ProLiteracy America. Although ProLiteracy is a large organization that attracts corporate and large donor funding, it also depends on individual contributions, both financial and manhours. While I’d love for you to pledge a few dollars during the Blogathon to create some buzz for this cause, I’d also like you to consider other ways to give, such as volunteering. There are ways to find local programs that need your help online here and here.

If you think this sounds like a good idea and want to help out, please pledge your donations here. (Note: donations are tax deductable and will go directly to ProLiteracy Worldwide. I see none of the money whatsoever, just all the fun, exhaustion and slap happy moments. To donate, you will need to register with the fine folks at (a very easy signup). You will receive instructions on how to send in your donations after the Blogathon ends. There are easy ways to donate online and the minimum donation is $1.) You can also support this effort by posting comments to the blog to keep me motivated and tell everyone you know about the Blogathon and encourage them to come on by as well. If you have your own blog, consider participating in the Blogathon yourself, or do me a huge favor and offer me a little publicity (or a lot, if you’re so inclined).

I’ll be posting more about this over the next few weeks leading up to the big day — but be advised: there will be poetry on demand, general nonsense, pledge gifts and … there will be webcam — so you really don’t want to miss out!


  1. 17/07/2006

    A fine tradition it is. I’m already stockin gup on crazy pills.

  2. 17/07/2006

    Like how I can’t type?

    Me too.

  3. Caryn

    You know, when you’ve got staying up all night, spelling is really just secondary.

  4. […] Starting at 9am ET on Saturday July 29 I’ll be blogging at least every half hour until 9am on Sunday July 30. Really. It may seem insane, but it’s actually very fun, rewarding and all for a good cause. As I mentioned, I’ll be blogging for the cause of literacy again this year, so I’ll be following much of the same format I did last year… into the wayback machine: We’re all busy and we all have many causes we wish we could support. But what if I told you that you could help out from your keyboard, your desk chair and the comfort of your own home? Well you can and that’s what this is all about — so please, pledge if you can, definitely post comments and ideas to keep me going for 24 hours and seriously consider checking out local programs in your area, most of which you can locate and read about online. Being able to do so is a deceptively simple task that many around the world aren’t able to enjoy. So help me out here, I’ll do the blogging and the not-sleeping — you do the checking in and seeing how things are going and pledging if possible. […]

  5. […] As previously mentioned here, here and here, the 2006 Blogathon is TOMORROW! Starting at 9am ET July 29, I’ll be blogging every half hour for 24 hours straight. I’ll be blogging on behalf of ProLiteracy Worldwide, to support programs, resources and efforts to enhance and encourage adult literacy. Why it matters to you. […]