For those of you blogging non-stop for 24 hours for the Blogathon and aching and whining, know that there are many of us reading your blogs during the same 24 hours. And my butt is numb and my back is killing me. You are not alone.
I’ve been poking at a lot of the blogs on the Blogathon blog list to check out who is blogging and what they are blogging about.
It’s been really interesting following what the more than 250 bloggers are blogging about during this year’s Blogathon. Yes, I know that the publicity says that the number is over 373, but I found a LOT of blogs on the list are defunct, not blogging, never blogged, or I just can’t figure out how to leave the static front page to find any Blogathon posts.
On my list of tips for blogging in the annual Blogathon, I mentioned that it’s better to blog about something, that “something” being an invitation for readers to not only stay with you during the Blogathon but also to get them to come back afterwards. This point held very true for me in holding my weary attention as I prowled through over a hundred blogs so far. Those blogging with “something to say” were definitely more interesting than those randomly spewing out noise, I have to admit.
There are some really interesting subjects being blogged about.
Paws and Effect is blogging about cat behavior and treatments, offering a ton of ideas for cat lovers dealing with their cat issues. Even I found some great tips like the “Act(s) of God Method” for behavior modification. Dreaming in Atomic Pajamas is blogging about raptors and birds of prey, including various eagles, hawks, owls, and vultures.
Blogathon at Peaceful Waters is blogging the Lutheran Church Alphabet, introducing all of us to what all those acronyms and and other alphabet words mean. Myopia2000 is blogging a movie quote guessing game.
Clay Hasychak – So You Want to Murder a Racecar Driver is blogging a mystery and detective story, as is The Dark Whisper. Footsteps in the Mirror is posting closeup photographs in the first half of every hour and urging readers to guess what the picture is. There are some very neat abstract photographs there.
Some are telling their life stories. Pieces of Me is blogging a fascinating and well traveled life story beginning with “I was born on the island of New Guinea in 1959. The story goes that there was a mid-wife involved and the local medicine man. Would that be a witch doctor?” CatEcumen is blogging with the premise “If you had 24 hours to tell the story of your life”, using scanned old photographs to tell her story of life, including living in Israel during the Yom Kippur War and going through law school.
Manic Theory’s Blogathon 2006 – Boob-a-thon is raising money for breast cancer by highlighting male and female breasts, mostly PG rated, but still amusing writing and fun boobies and moobies. Sewablogathon is blogging non-stop while sewing clothes and showing us the process.
There are several teams of bloggers participating on the same blog as part of the Blogathon. One interesting group is Mommie Talk which is blogging about memories of childhood and mothers. Very touching memories.
One personal surprise was Educated Deviant‘s Blogathon theme which is blogging for bucks for and about the charity and international, educational organization, Up With People, from which I hail, too. I thought they were finally defunct and was heartbroken. I’m thrilled to find out that they are still traveling around the world making the world a better place.
Here is my first list of the blogs in the Blogathon that struck a memorable nerve with me.
- Merry’s Meanderings – dedicated to readers and writers resources and rights
- Educated Deviant blogging for Up With People
- Last Syllable blogging about Shakespeare
- Blogathon at Peaceful Waters blogging the Lutheran Church Alphabet
- Myopia2000 blogging movie quote guessing game
- HeartFulls blogging about favorite fictional couples
- Pictures From My World blogging with photographs of wild animals and their stories
- A 24 Hour Day blogging about genealogy and family history research
- Clay Hasychak – So You Want to Murder a Racecar Driver is blogging a mystery novel
- Footsteps in the Mirror urging identification of strange closeup photographs
- Mommie Talk blogs about remembering childhood and mommy
- Pieces of Me blogging a fascinating and well traveled life story
- Sewablogathon is blogging and sewing
- Paws and Effect blogging about cat behavior and treatments
- The Dark Whisper blogs the story “Stumble Into Darkness”
- CatEcumen blogs her life story
- Dreaming in Atomic Pajamas blogging about raptors and birds of prey
- The Angry Muse Rants on tattoos in honor of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
- Manic Theory’s Blogathon 2006 – Boob-a-thon
There are a lot of Blogathon bloggers out there scrambling for things to write about. I recommend you check out Blog Challenge: Personal Blogging – Tell Us a Story, especially the highlighted article on Personal Narrative Collection of Suggestions to help trigger some memories or story ideas.
I’m going to keep poking around the Blogathon blog list to see what other neat treasures and blogs I might find. Have you found any blogging treasures yourself?
Keep on blogging. It’s for a worthy cause.