Volunteers for Dewey – please circulate!

I don’t usually post twice a day, but these are special circumstances:

I mentioned in my post on Tuesday morning that one of the things we’d miss most about Dewey is her community-building activity, and that it would be wonderful if we could keep things like the Bookworms Carnival, the 24-Hour Read-a-Thon, and Weekly Geeks going as a legacy to her. But expecting one person to do all of those – or even all of ONE of those – is expecting a LOT, so I wondered if book bloggers might be interested in forming small groups or teams that would each take on one of the projects.

In throwing out that call for volunteers, it seems like I may have volunteered myself to coordinate this effort! My thinking is that once we have several people lined up for each project, those groups will spin off and work out the details among themselves, but I’d be glad to serve as the clearinghouse until we get to that point – or until it’s coordinated with someone else’s efforts (looking at Natasha at Maw Books Blog right now…).

Before I even put that post up, I had already exchanged e-mails with another book blogger concerning the Bookworms Carnival – that’s the one I’d be willing to work on. Since the post went up, I’ve heard from several book bloggers who are also interested in continuing Dewey’s projects, so I’ve started a list.

If you’d be open to working with one of Dewey’s community projects as part of a group, please leave a comment on this post or e-mail me at 3.rsblog AT Gmail DOT com. If you’re interested in a particular project, please let me know that too – one person has specifically mentioned interest in working on the Read-a-Thon.

Book bloggers: please re-post this on your blogs to help get the word out, and join the discussion Natasha has started in the Book Blogs Group on Ning! We are going to try to centralize our efforts there.

In related news, Becky at Becky’s Book Reviews is taking the lead on a proposed Weekly Geeks #27:

I was thinking that it might be nice for those bloggers who are Weekly Geeks to pay tribute to Dewey in the next week or so. To take the time to post to their blogs a “Weekly Geek” post about Dewey…

Go read the rest of her post!

Also – I got an e-mail from Lisa Roe mentioning that she has Dewey’s mailing address and would be glad to forward condolence cards to her family:

I think it would be wonderful for her family to see how loved and highly regarded Dew was to us all. I know it’s a busy time for us all, but if the bulk of condolences could be sent to me within the next two weeks, I will send one large package to the family.

Please contact Lisa through her website (link above) to obtain her mailing address.

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10 comments

  1. You’re looking at me! 😉 Like it was mentioned over at the Book Blogs Ning discussion, Hannah, Trish and Nymeth were heavily involved in the read-a-thon and have agreed to take that on. So cross that off your list. Jessica from Bluestocking really wants to be involved in Bookworms Carnival. I heard Jackie from Literary Escapism wanted to head that as well. That’s the one I would be most willing to help with as well. But I don’t think it would need that many people. There’s a lot of great discussion about Weekly Geeks over there as well.

  2. Natasha – Thanks for getting that discussion group going over there. When I threw out the suggestion for volunteers, I didn’t expect to be coordinating them, so I’m just as happy to let that out of my hands :-). I’m going over there to read replies now.

  3. Great post, I am going to copy and paste over to my blog in just a minute.

    I’m very interested in being part of a group effort to keep Weekly Geeks going.

    Heading over to the bookblogs ning group now.

  4. I already sent you a message via Twitter, but I’ll be happy to help out wherever there’s a need, but would be especially interested in Weekly Geeks.

  5. Joanne and Ruth – I saw that you’ve both weighed in with the discussion on Ning – thanks!

    I think Weekly Geeks is showing some serious potential to become a group-effort blog on its own – a community project. So appropriate!

  6. I’ve just found this and if y’all still need help with one of the projects, count me in. I’m going to copy and paste this to my blog as well.

  7. I’d be willing to help, but I don’t have the time to take on a huge project. If there are a few people who take charge of these projects, they certainly can feel free to contact me to help, and I will do my best!

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  8. Hopefully everyone’s joined in the discussion at the Book Blogs Ning group by now…we’re just trying to get things organized there, one way or another. Please forgive my lack of response to individual comments 🙂 – and thanks for spreading the word!