Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Book Blogger Love-a-Thon 2014

Hello everyone! It is with great excitement and probably more squealing than I should admit, that I bring you the sign-ups for the 2014 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon!!!! *collective happy dancing ensues...unless, that is, you are not a dancer. If that's the case, collective happy clapping ensues* With the help of my dear friend, fellow blogger, and awkward twin, Alexa, we are bringing back an event that is near and dear to our hearts. I started this event as a way for bloggers to take a special day to share the love around the blogoshpere. Last year, with Alexa on board, the event turned into so much more than what I ever could have imagined it being. It was an amazing day and seeing so much love and encouragement getting spread around from blogger to blogger melted my heart into a giant pile of goo. This year is going to bigger and even better than last year and I hope you are all as excited as we are for February to get here! In order to make this year tons more fun, lots more organized, and a whole lot awesomer, there are a few changes that we are making to the event! Take a look below to see just what the whole sha-bang is all about and of course, if it is something that interests you, take the time to fill out the form at the bottom of this post to be added as an official #LoveAThon participant! The Who's:  Who is hosting the event?: Katelyn (a.k.a. Moi!) of Kate's Tales of Books and Bands and Alexa of Alexa Loves Books Who can participate?: Anyone is welcome to join however we do ask that whether you be a book blogger, author, or fellow lover of books, that you know, actually have a blog to participate with! The What's:  What is a Book Blogger Love-A-Thon? A Book Blogger Love-A-Thon is essentially a day dedicated to spreading the love to blogs and the bloggers behind them! There will be time for you to comment on blogs, follow blogs, tweet about blogs, thank blogs, share the word about your old and new favorite blogs, tell another blogger how freaking awesome you think they are, the list goes on and on! And back by popular demand, the day will also include fun events like an interview swap with fellow participants, mini challenges that give you all a chance to win some prizes, not one but TWO Twitter chats, and perhaps a big giveaway at the end! Once you have officially signed up for the event, Alexa and I will email you the full schedule of events so you can see exactly what the day will consist of! What do you need to do in order to sign up? Signing up is the easy part! All we need you to do is fill out the form below. Please also feel free to grab the official Book Blogger Love-A-Thon button and share it on your blog. And if you are feeling extra special and awesome, you could share this event either on your blog or social media sites! Seriously, the more bloggers who share this event, the more who sign up, and the more fun we will all have! The When's:  When does the event take place? Feb. 15th and 16th between 9 A.M. and 9 P.M. EST on both days. This is one of the biggest changes this year and I think it is going to be a good change. Don't get me wrong, last year was all sorts of fun but staring at a computer screen for over 24 hours straight sort of took its toll on us. Instead we will have 2 days with 12 hour stretches on each one which is a whole heck of a lot more practical! When do I have to sign up for the event? Anytime between now and when the event starts on Feb. 15th would be superawesome. HOWEVER, since we are doing a blogger interview swap, we do ask that you try to sign up before Feb. 7th to ensure you have an interview partner. Anyone who signs up after the 7th will be sent a pre-made interview questionnaire so participants will still get a chance to "meet" you! The How's:  How can you help? Simply by spreading the word about this event. Alexa and I were blown away by everyone that participated last year and we would like nothing more for all of those bloggers (plus some!) to join us again this year. Also, we are going to be taking donations for giveaways. If you are willing to donate ANYTHING towards either the mini-challenge giveaways or the big giveaway at the end, please email us at bbloveathon@gmail.com with exactly what you plan to donate. The Random's:  Twitter: As in the years past, this year we are going to continue using the event's official Twitter hashtag, #LoveAThon. If you post anything #LoveAThon related on Twitter, please use that hashtag so Alexa and I can keep track! Questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions? If there is anything you need, you can reach Alexa or myself at the event's email: bbloveathon@gmail.com or contact either one of us on Twi tter (@KatelynTorrey) (@Alexalovesbooks) THANK YOU: I just wanted a second to give a huge thank you in advance to anyone that signs up or helps spread the word about this event. It makes my heart so happy to see so much love being spread from blogger to blogger.

Hello, my lovely readers! I'm really and truly excited to be able to post about the 2014 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon today. Rest assured that much happy dancing and squealing has occurred between me and my co-host just plotting this event, and we hope you all will come and join us this year.

Katelyn, one of my dearest blogging friends and my awkward twin, began the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon in 2012 as a way for bloggers to take a special day to share the love around the blogging community. Last year, she invited me to be her co-host for this awesome event. It was one of the most epic experiences ever, honestly. The event became so much bigger than we ever thought it could, and watching all the blogger/reader/author love and encouragement pop up all over the place was certainly heart-warming.

This year, Katelyn and I intend for this event to be BIGGER and BETTER. We're very excited for February to come, and hope you are too! In order to help make this year more fun, more organized and generally just more awesome, we're making a couple of changes. You can check out the rest of this post for more information!

If you find that you're interested and want to sign up for the event, the sign-up form is included below all the facts. You'll be an official #LoveAThon participant, joining me, Katelyn and countless others!

The Who's

Who's hosting the event? Katelyn (Kate's Tales of Books & Bands) & Alexa (Alexa Loves Books)

Who can participate? Anyone is welcome to join in, whether you're a book blogger, author or publisher, as long as you have a blog that you can post on!

The What's

What is the Book Blogger Love-a-Thon? It's an event dedicated to spreading the love for blogs and the bloggers behind them! It's a time dedicated to commenting on blogs, following new blogs, tweeting about blogs, thanking blogging inspirations, sharing the word about blogs you follow, telling bloggers how awesome and inspiring they are, and so on and so forth! The event also includes an interview swap with another participant, mini challenges, Twitter chats and a giveaway. You'll get the full schedule from us once you've officially signed up!

What do you need to do in order to sign up? This is the easy part! All you really need to do is fill out the form below. You can grab the button/banner up there and place it in your blog's sidebar (which we will love and appreciate loads). If you're feeling extra excited, you can also share about the event via Twitter (using the official hashtag #LoveAThon), your blog or other social media sites (which we will love and appreciate loads as well!). The more bloggers who talk about this event, the more participants we'll have and the more fun it'll be for us all!

The When's

When will the event take place? This year, we're doing something different and splitting the event into two days. The 2014 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon will run from February 15-16, from 9AM-9PM EST on each day

[Note: This is one of the biggest changes we've made, but it's for the better, I'd say! Instead of being at your computer for 24 hours straight, we'll get a bit of a break in between, which will probably work better for most people.]

When do I have to sign up for the event? You can sign up anytime between now and February 15! However, if you want to be a part of the blogger interview swap, please sign up before February 7. If you end up signing up after the 7th, we'll send you a pre-made interview questionnaire so that it'll be like we interviewed you!

The How's

How can I help? One of the biggest things you can do to help is this: help us spread the word! We were blown away by the sheer number of people who joined us last year, and hope to have the same response (plus some) for this year! 

Another thing you can do to help: contribute to the giveaways! If you want to donate ANYTHING - books, swag, services - towards the mini-challenge giveaways or the big giveaway at the end, please email us at bbloveathon@gmail.com with the details.

Random Extras

Twitter? We will continue using the official hashtag (#LoveAThon) for any tweets about the event. If you do post about the Love-a-Thon, please use the hashtag so that Katelyn and I will catch your tweets!

Questions, comments, concerns or suggestions? If there's anything we haven't answered in this post, you can reach us both at the event email (bbloveathon@gmail.com). You can also reach us directly on Twitter (@KatelynTorrey // @alexalovesbooks).

If you do wind up signing up for the 2014 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon, please know that Katelyn and I are so, so, so incredibly grateful. We both adore being a part of this crazy awesome book blogging community, and are happy to be able to celebrate it in this way!

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for the 2014 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon below!

29 comments:

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    1. YAY! I'm so excited to be co-hosting this event again, and I'm so excited that you'll be joining us.

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  2. This will my first love-a-thon so I'm all excited. Yay to all us book bloggers! =D

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    1. I'm so happy to hear you'll be joining us! Celebrating book bloggers is always fun to do :)

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    1. I'm glad to hear that you're really excited! I can't wait for the days of the event to come.

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  4. Sounds like a great event!! I remember participating in a similar event a couple of years ago that I don't think is being run anymore. So, I look forward to participating in this one!!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that you'll be joining us for the Love-a-Thon! It's such a fun event, and we certainly are happy to have you onboard.

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  5. Yay!! This was a blast last year! I had just started my blog and I met so many new people through doing this! Can't wait to participate again this year!

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    1. I am SO HAPPY to hear that you're joining us again this year, Betty! :)

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  6. I owe you a bazillion comments still, but I just wanted to say that I'm VERY excited. I loved this last year, and I'm definitely looking forward to spreading the love some more. (We both know that I'm not the best commenter, haha.)

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    1. YAY. I am excited that you're excited! Spreading the love is what the Love-a-Thon is (clearly) all about, and you're going to be brilliant at it :)

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  7. Very excited to be able to participate this year! It'll be my first time!!

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    1. Hi Orchid! It'll be my first time too!

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    2. I'm so excited to hear you're joining us for the first time! I hope you enjoy it, and have fun spreading the love come February.

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    3. It's my first time too! I'm really excited to join!

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  8. I just signed up to do this! I've never participated before, but I'm a new book blogger and this sounds like an incredible way to meet people and check out some new blogs! It sounds like a really postitive experience, and thanks to you guys for coming up with it and having an event to bring the community together.

    Violet

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    1. YAY VIOLET! It makes me so happy to hear that you'll be joining us for this event. It's a fun way to celebrate the blogging community and other bloggers. It's also a great way to meet some awesome new friends too!

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  9. This sounds like so much fun! I wish I wasn't in Mexico during this event (but really, it's Mexico, so...)
    Next year definitely!

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    1. I have to say, I'm pretty jealous that you'll be in Mexico, while I'll probably be here in NYC, freezing my but off. Definitely join us next year!

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  10. Love this idea! Just signed up :)

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  11. I'm joining in! And it's my first time so I'm very excited :D

    - Farzy @ Books Keep Me Sane

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  13. This is my first time joining! Can't wait to see all of the lovely blogs, super excited!

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  14. My first time. I cannot wait to see what this is all about. I could not figure out how to get a button :(

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  15. This sounds really fun! I'm late to the party but I just signed up!

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