Michael Isenberg (mikeisenberg) wrote in blogparty,
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What is a Blogathon?

Okay, so I've been getting a lot of confused stares from people recently when I tell them what I'm doing this weekend. "What the fuck are you talking about? What the hell is wrong with you? If I punch you in the gut, will milk shoot out of your nose?" These are all valid questions, so I'm going to try and explain this a bit better than I've done in the past.

What (the fuck) is a blog?
"Blog" is short for "weblog." As in a log, or journal, that someone keeps on the web. LiveJournal is a type of blog.

What is a Blogathon (you freak)?
Have you heard of charity walk-a-thons, where people get sponsored to walk a certain distance for charity? Or remember in elementary school, those stupid "Math-A-Thons" where you had to raise money by doing a certain number of math problems? Well Blogathon is like those. Except instead of getting outside or working your brain, Blogathon involves not being more than 30-minutes away from a computer at all times so you can babble on the internet all day. The event lasts for 24 hours (9AM Saturday to 9AM Sunday), and each participant must update their blog at least every half hour, for a minimum of 48 posts. Sponsors can pledge for each hour blogged (ie, 24) or simply donate a flat amount. After the event, sponsors will be contacted with directions for sending their pledges to the charities. The money goes straight to the chairty, passing through neither the blogger's, nor the Blogathon organizers' hands.

What's with this (lame-ass) party (you stupid nerd)?
Well, I was thinking that it would be fun to do the Blogathon. And I was thinking that it would be fun to throw another party. So I'm combining the two. I'm going to be posting every half hour, and partygoers will be encouraged to do the same. This is good because if I drink myself to puking, someone else can make the post and I won't end up with smelly chunks all over my keyboard. I think a handful of people might be joining me for most of the 'thon, but there are a bunch of people who will be making guest appearances.

Is there going to actually be anyone there? What time should I show up? (Why do you smell so bad?)
As I said, I'm going to be here, awake and active, from 9AM Saturday until 9AM Sunday. I think I'm being joined by two or three other people who want to tough it out all night. As far as the main bulk of the party, I'm not sure how many people are showing up. I just found out about Blogathon on Monday, and decided to throw the party on Tuesday. That's pretty short notice to get a party together. Plus WST (a theater group many of my friends are involved in) is opening this weekend. So a big chunk of people are being siphoned off to cast parties. So maybe a bunch of people will show up, or maybe it'll be more of a "get-together" than a party, or maybe a bunch of people will show up here after leaving cast parties (we are going until 9AM after all). Who knows? As for what time most people are going to be here, I really don't know. I'd expect around 10 or 11 PM? That's just a hunch though. Maybe earlier if enough of my friends are looking for stuff to do. Maybe later if WST people show up. If you're curious about who's here and how active the party is at any given moment, you can always check the site. I'll be updating it all night. That's kind of the point.

If I show up (not that I will,) do I have to post in the blog?
Nah. I mean, it'd be cool if you did, but if it means the difference between showing up or not, I'd rather have people here who aren't posting than people who don't show up because they don't want to post. I'll be posting pretty regularly, and I know a few other people will be as well, so it's all good.

I don't know you, I just found this website. Can I show up anyways (and punch you in the nose)?
If you're outgoing enough to go to some internet guy's house and drink his booze, then that's pretty cool in my book. Just don't steal my stuff. And don't expect me to, like, cook for you or anything. I may change my mind if a whole lot of strangers decide they want to show up, but for now, leave a comment here with your email address if you want directions to the house. Oh, and don't actually punch me in the nose. That would be a total party foul.
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