Friday, November 25, 2011

Blogathon: Rounding things up

Last weekend saw the Scottish Football Blog's 24 hour blogathon.

24 hours, 24 posts, 16665 words.

And so far over £840 raised for Alzheimer Scotland and the Homeless World Cup.

Time for some belated but heartfelt thanks. Sorry if I've missed anyone out, I'll try and catch everyone on what promises to be a lengthy follow Friday list on Twitter today.

Getting the word out

Thanks to Tweetsport for all their support and for adopting Alzheimer Scotland's Football Memories projects as their site charity.

Craig and Laurie at Scottish Football Forums were kind enough to give the blogathon plugs aplenty on both the site and their excellent podcast.

Stewart Weir provided some much appreciated coverage at Caledonian Mercury
The Football Blog Directory - all bloggers should get themselves listed - were decent enough to provide some great publicity before and during the big event.

Having their say

Writing for 24 hours is much easier if you've got great ideas to bounce off. The blogathon wouldn't have been possible without some cracking contributions from some great writers over the course of the 24 hours.

In chronological order:

The Sunday Post's Kenny Millar challenged me to debate the merits or otherwise of booing your own team.

Scott Johnston of went the extra mile and wrote his contribution in the allotted hour as we went head to head on the Old Firm leaving Scotland.

Laurie Dunsire of Scottish Football Forums showed himself up as enjoying a bit of role-play as he discussed the attraction of Hibs. Leaving me to try and sell the majesty of Hearts.

Andrew Gibney, the force behind French Football Weekly, got me going on the differing attitudes to relegation in Scotland and beyond.

Hot Scores' Sarah Flotel gave us the science behind penalties, leaving me to prove that one Colin Murdock is worth more than one Frank de Boer.

Jay Mansfield, who blogs at Left Midfielder, had me toying with the possibility of meaningful change in Scottish football.

Ross McCafferty, known on Twitter as @holyroodpatter, delivered his damning verdict on Craig Levein, leaving me to jump to the Scotland manager's defence.

Stewart Weir took a trip down memory lane to relate his first visit to Hampden, giving me the chance to remember my own less spectacular maiden voyage to the national stadium.

Eilidh Donaldson of Tweetsport set me the not completely welcome challenge of reliving five of Hearts' happiest moments.

Gary Linton rounded off the contributions with his take on why Scotland will qualify for the 2014 World Cup, letting me explain why we've got no chance of being in Brazil.

And finally

Huge thanks as well to everyone who contributed topics, RTs and general support on Twitter.

And, of course, to everyone who donated so generously and allowed me to break my fundraising targets. If you haven't yet donated, please don't be shy.

Final mentions to the two charities:

The Homeless World Cup

Alzheimer Scotland and their Football Memories Project

You can still make a donation to Homeless World Cup or Alzheimer Scotland - your help is really appreciated

Donate to the blogathon's Homeless World Cup fund by text: just text DXVR87 and the amount you want to donate to 70070

Donate to the blogathon's Alzheimer Scotland fund by text: just text APJB49 and the amount you want to donate to 70070

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