Saturday, July 29, 2006

Let the 2006 Blogathon Commence!

And so it begins…

I hope everyone’s feeling bright and refreshed. I’ve got my bag of chocolate raisins at the ready :)
This is just a welcome post / open thread – our first proper post will take place at half past. We will then blog atleast once every half hour for 24 hours – that makes 48 posts, or four each.

As we all know, our aim here is to raise awareness about Coalition torture and money for Amnesty International USA, which performs such a vital task in standing up for human rights.
Regarding the latter, a running total of the pledges we’ve received is displayed on the right, together with the list of sponsors. Don’t forget, you can sponsor us at any time throughout the Blogathon and for two days afterwards, by clicking here.

You can browse other Blogathon participants here, and listen to Blogathon Radio here.

Readers, please don't hesitate to comment on our posts. Engaging in discussion about these issues is the whole point of blogging, and plus it will help keep us poor sods awake ;)

Fellow bloggers - use the comments at the end of each post to discuss who will be posting next (as well as obviously discussing the post itself).

Well, that's about it. Good luck everyone, and let the blogging commence!

p.s. don't forget that at one in the morning, the Spell Checker is your bestest friend! :)

63 Comments:

Blogger The Heathlander said...

Right, so who wants to do the first post? Mash, you seem rearing to go...?

6:05 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

Ok, I can kick things off with a short post about Hassan bin Attash, a detaineee at Gitmo.

Btw, did you get the name of the last pledger up.

6:09 AM  
Blogger El Mas Chingón said...

Reporting for duty here.

6:12 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Robbie, good ta see ya.

Mash - OK great, you're first up. The newest pledger was anonymous, but I'll add a thank you on the thank you thread.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

YAAY! Blogathon!

I'm Barbara, and I'll be your monitor for the event - I'm a 'thon volunteer, and my function is basically to work with you if there are problems, cheer you on if not, and check in every so often to remind you you're not alone out there!

Best of luck and happy blogging.

6:17 AM  
Blogger El Mas Chingón said...

Right on! :-)

6:18 AM  
Blogger Marcella Chester said...

I'm here and working on my first post of the blogathon. Just let me know when you need it.

6:20 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Hi Barbara - that's good to know :)

marcella - great. Are you alright to publish second? That would be in 40 mins.

6:25 AM  
Blogger El Mas Chingón said...

When should I go?

6:25 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

p.s just show everyone knows, our Blogathon 'monitors' page is here: http://www.seeworthy.org/smm/ . Check in and say hello, if you have the time.

6:26 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

robbie - do you want to take the third spot?

6:27 AM  
Blogger Per said...

It'll take me at least onother say 90 minutes - but I can always present a quote ;)

6:31 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

per - great, looking forward to it :)

6:31 AM  
Blogger El Mas Chingón said...

I'll go third.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Yes, I'm ready to publish at 7 am PT.

6:34 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Ok cool. So its marcella, then robbie.

Oooh, Mash's time is almost up...tick tock tick tock :)

6:34 AM  
Blogger bodda said...

i am around. but would like to post later...
living in gmt+1 zone, i think its better i take posts later in the day when some of the bloggers on other side of the world are drained :)

6:36 AM  
Blogger Cyberotter said...

<---rubs eyes

reaches for the coffee and a cig

BIG STRETCH

OK Jamie I'm ready for some posting. I have to run to the license branch and get the oil changed in my truck...might need some scotch later....but I'm here reporting for posting.

Hello Barb...I see we live in the same state. Thank you for the support and cheers.

6:36 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Ok, so Bodda is sitting on the substitute bench, ready to come on as a pair of fresh fringers.

6:37 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

one post coming up...

6:39 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Good morning, cyberotter. I trust you're feeling refreshed and ready for the marathon?

You can go fourth, if you want. That would be in 90 minutes time. Does that time slot suit you?

6:39 AM  
Blogger El Mas Chingón said...

Between 10-12 PST I'll be unavailable. Gotta run errands and get "provisions" -- like a pizza and soda from Domino's LOL

6:39 AM  
Blogger Cyberotter said...

Posting at 11:00 EST got it...

refreshed is not exactally the word I would use, but the fingers feel nimble and I am ready to rant.

(grin)

6:41 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

good good.

robbie - can you tell me your location, so I can work out what time that would be in GMT? Cheers.

6:43 AM  
Blogger El Mas Chingón said...

El Cajon, California

6:44 AM  
Blogger Cyberotter said...

Question for the moderator or Jamie.

No pre-writing of blogs.

Does that include the hour or so leading up to the time your post goes live?

6:47 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

Ok, my post is up.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

Ok, I was 12 minute "fashionably late" on my post. Now I need a nap.

6:50 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Well done, doc :).

No, I don't think it applies after the Blogathon has begun. In other words, it should be OK to start writing now, in preparation for your post in an hours/two hours/whatever time.

I'll go over and double check with the moderator, though.

6:55 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Just so's everyone knows - there's a game going on at Blogathon on the front page. You send an email to games@blogathon.org with 'GAME 1' as the subject saying what music you are listening to, or if you aren't, why you aren't. The prize is a 5$ sponsorship in your name! Wooooooooo!

(for the record, I'm listening to Radiohead - Karma Police. On second thoughts, that probably not the best music to be be listening to: it's all depressing and stuff).

7:00 AM  
Blogger Marcella Chester said...

Okay, my first post is up. When will you want a second one from me?

7:07 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

I'm listening to the sounds of silence - not the song, but, literally, the sounds of silence :)

7:08 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

By the way, new pledge in Heathlander! :)

7:09 AM  
Blogger Cyberotter said...

I'm like Mash....enjoying the sound of bugs in my backyard.

7:13 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

crickets, cyberotter?

7:19 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Good morning (she said with her obligatory coffee) everyone! It's 9:14 Central Time (Austin TX), when do you want me? I think Cyberotter volunteered for the 10 am spot my time (his EST time) so I guess that's one is out. How about 9:30 CST or 10:30CST for now? Great job everyone, how exciting..I'll go downstairs for a spot of breakfast (!!)and come back to check for my time..
Great posts so far!
Ingrid

7:21 AM  
Blogger Cyberotter said...

No that's usually what I hear in my comment section over at DKos when I post. Today it's thoes annoying Cicada things.

7:24 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Mash and cyberotter - yeh, I've turned off the myoozak for a while. I can't conentrate with it on - I tihnk I need some ambience, like whale songs and stuff.

Ingrid - hello!!! I think 9.30 is taken, as is 10. You can have 10.30 if you want?

Actually, because of my v. short memory, can everyone remind me what their times are, so I can keep track of the order. Cheers.

7:24 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Mash - what new pledge? I can't see it.

7:26 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

Heathlander, I recommend a post that just has a table of everyone's starting times that you can update throughout the day. It will be one place everyone can look.

To not clutter up this site, you can put it on your blog. I have a similar post on mine here that I can update with starting times while I am here. But use mine as a backup because I am liable to doze off any moment. (way to early for Mash)

7:30 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Heathlander, I'll take 10:30 and 11 am as well!
let me know
Ingrid

7:31 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

Heathlander, we are up to 12 pledges now according to the list.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Mash, smart thing to update it..are you planning on staying up the full 24?
Ingrid

7:37 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

Ingrid, nooooooooooooooooooo.

I'll update my list when I am up. Man's gotta eat, sleep and socialize! :)

7:42 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Good idea Mash. I've done the 'Order and Schedule' post - it's here: http://heathlander.wordpress.com/2006/07/29/blogathon-2006/

As you can see, the schedule bit is empty.

Who's posting next?

7:54 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Heathy..thought Cyberotter was going up at 10 am (CSThis 11EST)..I was going to offer 10:30 and 11 am. My husband was going to take the kids out of the house to facilitate thinking and writing!
Ingrid

8:03 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

er...who's got 11 am EST? cyberotter at 11?
ingrid 11:30?
ingrid 12:00?

8:05 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

OK Ingrid, you've got 10.30 and 11. Use them wisely :)

8:06 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

Ok, I'm going into isolation to write my next post. Let me know when you will need it on the schedule...

8:07 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Mash, yes. I'll stop referring to my time zone and stick to the EST!
Ingrid

8:08 AM  
Blogger Cyberotter said...

Post Up

8:11 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Mash - Yeh, I think cyber's got 11, and Ingrids got the next two. Anyone up for the next one? (I'm easy, since I'm staying up the whole 24 hours).

8:12 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

"Okay, my first post is up. When will you want a second one from me?"

Marcella, I've only just noticed this.
Yes, a second post from you would be wonderful. What time are you available to write it for?

8:29 AM  
Blogger Marcella Chester said...

I'm pretty open as far as posting time. Just let me know at least an hour before you need the post.

8:37 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

OK, well you can go after robbie. So that's in 80 minutes, at 10:00 AM. Is that OK?

8:45 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

phew..sorry, even with the preparations..I was a bit late!
the next one will be short and sweet, kind off,
Ingrid

8:47 AM  
Blogger Marcella Chester said...

10 am PT works for me.

9:11 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Arg - Marcella, I didn't see this reply. I assumed you'd gone away, so I gave that slot away. Sorry!!

Can you delay it till 11? That's in 90 minutes time.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Marcella Chester said...

11 am also works.

10:05 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Great, thanks.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Marcella Chester said...

My second post is up. I'm going to run some errands and will check in later.

11:08 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

OK cool - see you then.

11:29 AM  
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