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Sunday, July 29, 2007

We made it! Blogathon 2007 is now over

for those of us in the A Group. There is still the B Group at it, so don't forget to go to Blogathon and check them out and support them! You can also still sponsor me up to 48 hours after this is all over at 9:00pm Pacific time tonight!

And now the things I learned from this year that I will remember to do next year (I hope I remember).
1. Make sure to get a good amount of sleep the night before the blogging starts. The four hours I got before starting yesterday at 6am was no where near enough rest needed to do this kind of thing. I think if I had felt more well rested to start out, I would have gotten a few more things accomplished. But all in all I'm very happy with my performance...I don't think I did too poorly for a newbie.
2. Snacks of veggies and fruits are better than the chocolate things. I really didn't touch the chocolate much though. I haven't really felt very hungry really....more kind of ill or something. I'm guessing that was due to exhaustion rather than anything else.
3. Drink lots of water and tea...I did this, and I think it's one of the reasons I'm still here blogging.
4. Have a great support system in place. I am very blessed to have G, who was willing to stay up all night with me despite my telling him he could sleep over and over and over again. I am very glad he was awake to help me through some tough times. I'm also very thankful for family and friends who were kind enough to comment and to donate. You all seemed to have great timing and knew when I was in need the most. Thank you everyone.
5. Have a few things in your back pocket to post. Or even have some sort of gimmick or theme to follow. I think if I had had a more strict theme, I might have had more relevant posts. I had a few random babbling posts, but then I think we're all entitled to that when we've been awake for 20 plus hours. My camera helped me out of quite a few posts that I wasn't sure about.
6. Have a look around at the other bloggers participating and post comments during the wee hours of the morning. It really helps boost the spirits, and if I do this next year, I'll try to do much more of that than I did (I really quite shy...even if I don't come across that way).
7. Have fun. I don't think I could have survived for 24 hours without any fun! And listen to music! It really helps.
That's about all I can think of for now.....

Despite the few periods of extreme exhaustion, I really had a great experience and would do this again (but give me at least a week to recover).

Thank you again to everyone who sponsored me and supported me along the way! I'm going to go have a nice long nap now.....sweet dreams everyone!

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bakerina said...

As Bender would say, "Blogathon is over, baby, pleeeease insert liquor!"

Congratulations. You done better than good, weller than well. Now get some rest. :)

Jen the Bread Freak said...

Thanks so much, and now I'm off to bed!

Beautiful Cheese said...

Congrats on finishing! I enjoyed your posts a lot. Hehe :) Great amount that you raised too :)

Jen the Bread Freak said...

Thank you, Robin. I'm so very proud of everyone who commented, emailed and sponsored me. I don't think I would have made it without all of you!

Bad Bunni said...

Hey girl! So sorry I didn't stop by more during the 'thon.

As someone who just completed her third blogathon running a few more words of advice-better than checking out other bloggers is to have lots of friends on IM. I was lucky enough to have a friend who works the graveyard shift-perfect mix of access to a computer and lots of free time during the worst hours of the thon (3-6 am).I am also strangely shy. I don't really like those forum thingies so having friends to support me on IM is more comfortable.

As for relevant posts-I always have a theme and honestly it's limiting. When your mind starts to go, it's hard to come up with things relevant to the topic. Of course NOW my head is full of trivia I could have used for my challenge, but in the moment it's always hard. I do think pictures definitely make it easier.

The point is you made it-beautifully awesomely and you found a new fan in the process so it's win win.