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Surviving Blogathon 
30th-Jul-2010 11:22 am
Tips for the newbies!

1. Coffee. Do not chug the coffee. Do not drink pot after pot of coffee. If you do this, it will burn a goddamn hole through your stomach. And you will crash. And you will be miserable and exhausted and nauseous. Don't do it. Moderation, y'all.

2. Water. Keep it coming.

3. Snacks. Do not go for sugar for a quick boost. A quick boost leads to a quick crash. Choose protein. Hummus, peanut butter, cheese are good, and pair well with veggies. There'll be a temptation to snack in sheer desperation to keep yourself awake. Keep the fruit and veggies on the table, not the cookies.

4. Have someone checking up on you and making sure you eat actual meals, if at all possible.

5. You know the standard writing advice? "Butt in chair"? Do not follow that advice during Blogathon. If you keep your butt in the chair, you are going to fall asleep. Hit post, then get *up*. Stretch. Quick bit of yoga, if you do that. Dance. Do not be a slouchy exhausted lump. Keep your body in motion.

6. Meds. If you have medication that you take before bed and/or upon waking, keep in mind that you are not going to have those usual cues - set the alarm on your cell phone, or a popup on your computer.

Any advice from anyone else? Any questions? Good luck!
30th-Jul-2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Music! Movies, even! When I've been flying solo, putting on something fun and silly like Clue or Spice World around 5 AM is a real help. The no-one-to-talk-to seems to hit hard around then.

Take a fast shower between posts if you're really losing it. Water on the outside as well as on the inside are helpful.
30th-Jul-2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
I find on long car drives, loud music with a good audible beat helps. I don't know about staying up late music, but definitely something happy and more-fast-than-slow.
30th-Jul-2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
One of these days I hope to be on a Blogathon pit crew. Seems a natural progression in how I support y'all.

I'm looking forward to this.
30th-Jul-2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
(Copied and pasted from my comment in the community post:)

The last three hours. If you blog on the East Coast, the sun will come up on Sunday after a long, grueling, slap-happy night, and you will think, "Huzzah! I'm almost done!" You are not almost done. Yes, you have reached the home stretch, but that is a looooong home stretch; it is a safe bet that there will be few three-hour periods of your life that will seem longer. Save your "almost-dones" for the last hour, tops. It is appropriate to celebrate the sunrise as yet another milestone on your 24-hour journey—in fact, take five minutes to go out in the sunlight and jump around on the lawn like an idiot—but do not lose sight of the fact that there is much work left to do.
30th-Jul-2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
And for commentators like me: STEP UP YER COMMENTING. It helps that I'm on the West Coast reading almost entirely East Coast Blogathonners. I can manage to get to about 3:00 or 3:30 in the morning late in Blogathon, which means 6:30 or 6:30 for most everybody I'm reading. That stretch leading up to that barely-past-dawn hour is especially tough for the Blogathonners. Darkest before the dawn and all that shit. THEY NEED TO KNOW PEOPLE ARE READING.

This is my big contribution to Blogathon. Especially the past two years when I've been poor and unable to donate.
30th-Jul-2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Good luck to all of you, and remember the words of Commander Peter Quincy Taggart: "Never give up. Never surrender."
30th-Jul-2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
I've stashed this entry to memories. I am hoping to set my son up with a mini-charity marathon sometime this winter as part of his Bar Mitzvah project. I'd love to talk to you some time about about how to put one of these together.
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