No pom-poms? That’s okay, we’d love to have you cheerlead anyway!

So what is this cheerleading gig that you speak of?

Cheerleaders offer support to all of the readers during the read-a-thon by leaving comments on blogs. It’s lots of fun (and kind of addicting). You can read more about it at Read-a-Thon Cheerleading Headquarters.

Do I have to stay up and cheer for the entire read-a-thon?

Nope. You can sign-up to cheerlead for 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours, 9 hours or 12 (or more!) hours. Also, your cheering time does not have to be consecutive…you can spread it out over the course of the read-a-thon.

But I want to read during the read-a-thon.

Good news! You can do both! Many readers take an hour or two out of their day (or night) to visit blogs and leave comments. It makes for a nice break, and gives you a chance to interact with other readers.

Pom-poms just aren’t my thing.

That’s okay. Short skirts aren’t mine. I (and all the readers) will be thrilled if you volunteer. Everyone has different cheerleading styles. You can leave an encouraging comment, a silly cheer, a virtual cup of coffee, or even a hug. You can even cheer on Twitter (using the hashtag #readathon). Whatever floats your boat. The most important thing is to encourage and support the readers!

Do I have to visit all of the readers?

Heck no! Because, holy moly, have you seen the sign-up list?!? You will be assigned to a cheer squad, and each squad will be assigned to cheer for a particular group of readers. We ask that you focus your efforts on those readers, so that everyone is being cheered on. Of course, you are always free to overachieve and visit more blogs. And your buddies, of course.

Okay, you’ve convinced me. Now what?

Woo-hoo! Please sign up using the Google form below. The Monday before the read-a-thon we will contact everyone by email with their assigned cheer squad and further details. In the meantime, practice your overuse of exclamation marks.

Dude. I’m confused.

That’s okay, I usually am, too. Please email me (Jill) if you have questions: fizzybeverage at gmail dot com.


13 thoughts on “Got pom-poms? (Or, sign up here to be a cheerleader!)

  1. Love to cheer! History has told me to sign up for less rather than more cheering time, so I’m not merely doing it to meet my quota…but I’ll probably WILL be cheering for more than an hour!


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