I’m going to bed now.
I’m glad I tried this. I didn’t know if I could do it. And it was a slog. I’m amazed that I lasted all 24 hours, that I was able to make every single post. (Some were better than others). But I doubt I’ll do this again next year. The type of entries required for an event like this just don’t match my writing style.
If I do participate in the future, I’ll change the terms from the default “one post every half hour”, which is just too quick for me. I’ll ask for sponsors based on a “one post per hour” rate instead. This should give me time to create higher-quality content.
For those of you who missed my marathon posting session, I’ve made things easy to find: all of the Blogathon posts reside in the new Funny Money category. (“Funny money” was my theme for the event.)
Here’s an abridged version featuring my ten favorite posts (in no particular order):
- The British monetary system, demystified, in which I provide a chart to explain the old system of pounds, groats, and farthings.
- Man vs. skunk: a photo-essay isn’t money-related, but it’s funny.
- The Engraveyard: Money of many nations features beautiful money from around the world and allegorical stock certificate engravings. Sounds dull, but it’s neat.
- How to earn a 177% rate of return on booze sounds great to me, though Jeff doesn’t like the math.
- The lessons about money from the World of Warcraft entry doesn’t involve real money, but some of the things I learned in-game are applicable to the outside world.
- Lattes, iPods, and Masterworks discusses a handy way to look at money: rather than thinking in the abstract, compare the things you want to things you already own and love.
- The Wealthy 100: a ranking of the richest Americans, past and present (where the “present” is 1996).
- Stupid thieves fail at complicated bank heist.
- A sure sign you have a spending problem.
- Using dollar-bill origami to turn your money into art.
And, in case you haven’t seen it, the last entry before Blogathon featured 10 expert tips for saving on car insurance from somebody who works in the industry.
Finally, special thanks to my sponsors. I appreciate the contributions you’re making to First Book. I’ve managed to delete the list of people who sponsored this site. When I have it reconstructed, I’ll post it here. Thank you. Childhood literacy is an important cause. If we can turn kids into readers, we can help them go far. Readers are leaders.
I’ll be back on Tuesday or Wednesday.