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6th-Jul-2010 08:45 pm
Brain worms
For those who didn't see the edit to my Blogathon post earlier today, I will catch you up and provide as much info as I have.

For about a week, the person running Blogathon.org has said that signups would be open Monday (pushed back from 7/1). This morning, she posted Unfortunately, due to personal, technical, and maybe even astrological reasons, Blogathon 2010 has been canceled. No worries, though – we’re planning to return in 2011, and in the meantime we have no doubt that bloggers will do their own thing and continue to make a difference throughout the second half of 2010 and into 2011. Come join us next year and tell us about all the fabulous ways you’ve made a difference!... then deleted it and the rest of the site, leaving just "Blogathon is taking a nap this summer - alas! - but we'll be back in 2011." She then shut off wall posting on the Blogathon Facebook page.

Yes. Again. This happened in 2008, too. And 2004, was it? Yeah.

I am disappointed that she continues to do this instead of allowing people who want to see Blogathon run take over for a year.

I would like to remind people that I am not The Powers That Be; I'm just someone who's been blogathonning for eight years now. I don't have authority here, and I can't just jump in and run the site. I have offered to help, but there's been resounding silence (from her; other people involved have been WTFing as hard as I have).

I am still doing Blogathon. I still give a damn about my charity, and so do the other intrepid bloggers of Team Venture.

For those who started reading me after the last time I blogathonned on a skip year: I will ask you to donate directly to BARCC and e-mail me your receipt so I can keep a tally and have your info for the prize drawing. Please do not give me your money directly - all sponsorships should go straight to BARCC.

What we're missing without Blogathon.org is the backend to keep track of sponsorships, the portal to connect all of the bloggers, and the monitors to keep us awake. So please be patient with your bloggers as they keep track of everything by hand, please link to your fellow bloggers, and readers, please comment up a storm to keep us all going! You can find this year's blogathonners at blogathon_2010.

Blogathon 2010. Can't stop the signal.
7th-Jul-2010 01:08 am (UTC)

jennaria, hatfullofstars, and myself are still participating this year as well. So offer still stands. If anyone need a place to blog, give them my email. We certainly have the space for a few more. (Do you have my email?) I'll post to the community too.
7th-Jul-2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Thanks! Also, just made a Facebook invite.
7th-Jul-2010 01:39 am (UTC)
Yep, saw that! (Also entry posted to the community.)

Edited at 2010-07-07 01:39 am (UTC)
7th-Jul-2010 01:32 am (UTC)
Hmm.. maybe it's time to start an alt.blogathon. Kinda take over by default. [not the site, make another site]

After all, if this person is the only one running it, and won't let anyone else play with her toys...maybe it's time to start your own, with multiple organisers and back-up people in case of emergency [or burn out].

Kind of a Backup Blogathon...
7th-Jul-2010 01:33 am (UTC)
We discussed that in '04...

I don't have the cash right now to buy a domain name, or the time to learn to build the backend, but if someone else wants to do that, I'll organize.
7th-Jul-2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Hmm .com names go for about $10 per year, shouldn't be hard to raise the cash among us all for a 2 year lease.

I have no idea what the backend would entail...but I could maybe handle front end design if someone wants to do the nuts and bolts.
7th-Jul-2010 01:50 am (UTC)

What the backend does, essentially: keeps track of sponsorships. People create an account and pledge, and the system sends a reminder e-mail. It also keeps track of what's pledged and gives each blogger a running total and a list of sponsors. There are other bells and whistles, like ways to sort the data, but that's the big backend thing. There's also a forum, but that's easy.

Frontend, there's a frame that lets you surf participating blogs - that's big for getting traffic. Also there is a Blogathon blog itself.
7th-Jul-2010 01:58 am (UTC)
yeah, sounds like the front end is like the PHP blog site I built a few years back [sadly no more, but I still know where to get the code.]

Back end sounds like a honking big SQL database, of which I know little to nothing, worse luck.

yeah, it's do-able with some help.. we'd need hosting and domain name. I know some companies throwing free hosting when you buy a domain name with them, but I think this might just be a tad bit large for that...wonder if we could get a discount or freebies for it being a charity gig?
7th-Jul-2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Hm. I don't know SQL, but I know people who do.

The hosting thing is the big thing. Well,and actually recruiting SQL people.
7th-Jul-2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Given your track record, I don't think recruiting will be problem... put out the call and watch your minons friends step forward.

Hosting however.. well it's not going anywhere without a server that's for sure. You might try emailing these guys I've heard good report about them. It's possible they might be able to help out.

Edited at 2010-07-07 02:05 am (UTC)
7th-Jul-2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Looks like some PHP? E-mail me at shadesong AT gmail.com if you want to join the tech planning group!
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7th-Jul-2010 01:47 am (UTC)
Yay! I hope they do.
7th-Jul-2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Rock on.
7th-Jul-2010 02:37 am (UTC)
Never give up. Never surrender.
7th-Jul-2010 02:39 am (UTC)
You lovely geek.
7th-Jul-2010 04:12 am (UTC)
If you can find someone to do the backend or need hosting, I've got web space I had to purchase for class. I can set you a sub domain alt.blogathon@cypheroftyr.com and install a blog via WordPress.

You can ping me at tdepass at gmail dot com if you want me to set that up.

The domain is good until next January and I'm going to renew it so I can keep my html, web and nascent Ruby on Rails skills up to date.
7th-Jul-2010 10:37 am (UTC)
Yes please! Working on finding someone to do the backend. What would it be, just alt.blogathon.com?

Thank you so much!
7th-Jul-2010 11:31 am (UTC)
I think it would have to be a subdomain to my site, lemme futz with it and send you a link.
7th-Jul-2010 11:38 am (UTC)
There's now an alt-blogathon.com under my domain.

I'll shoot you the log-in info for your back end person :)
7th-Jul-2010 05:51 am (UTC) - Not the right place, but wth . . .
I don't know if you've been linked to this yet, but if you haven't, go watch the video and follow the links. It's right up your alley.
11th-Jul-2010 05:18 am (UTC)
Can't stop the signal.

Or, as I put it today,
Blogathon. It'll happen even when it, officially, doesn't. *nods*
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