Sunday, May 26, 2013

Do you need to have prizes to host a read-a-thon?

Today's blog post is a question. If you have spent any amount of time on this blog you have probably seen I'm addicted to read-a-thons and I'm dying to host my own. Today I'm wondering if that is a good idea or not.

Here's the deal I have my whole future to pay for right now and I really can not afford to spend even a little bit on this blog. I started this blog as a hobby hoping people would love it for the content I put on it. Not the prizes I give away.

I like joining read-a-thons just to make friends and read more, but there are always prize involved. I have won a couple times, but I'm always quick to tell the person to give the prize to another person. I just joined for the fun of reading.

If I hosted a read-a-thon without the incentive of a possible prize at the end. Would you guys look at that read-a-thon differently? Would you still join or would you decide not to because there was no end result? Has the blogging world became all about getting prizes instead of just sharing our thoughts? I understand that I could get people to donate prizes, but I would prefer to just have a read-a-thon where the goal is for people to read together and meet new bloggers.

Do you need to have prizes to host a read-a-thon? Answer my question down in the comments. I'm curious.

Thanks for reading



  1. I don't think you need to do prizes. If you can afford it, great! If you can't, it's totally fine.

    I've never done prizes for any of my events and I've had a decent enough turnout.

  2. I don't think you need prizes. I have participated in several read-a-thons where there were no prizes, just reading.

  3. You definitely don't need to have prizes for a read-a-thon! Honestly, I'm not sure why we always do prizes for read-a-thons. It definitely can bring in some potential participants, but that isn't the point at all. The real point is to have fun! The only reasons I've held giveaways during my read-a-thons is because I conveniently happen to have some spare change at the time (:

    I'm looking forward to joining in any read-a-thon you plan to host!

    p.s. I responded to your email!

    1. Thank you for the feedback and responding to the email. I was able to get the button to work.


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