- What is Cannonball Read?
- How can I register for Cannonball Read 9?
- What are the dates for Cannonball Read 9?
- How old do you have to be to participate?
- I don’t have my own blog, do I need one?
- I don’t have a blog, how do I start one?
- I didn’t create my blog yet, how can I sign up for CBR9?
- I have my own blog already, can I post my reviews there?
- How do I get access to the group blog?
- Do graphic novels count?
- Do audiobooks count?
- How long does my book have to be?
- Can’t I just read the books and tell you how many?
- How many books do I have to read?
- How long does my review have to be?
- How should I title my blog posts?
- What is the review number field?
- Why do I have to enter a link to Amazon.com for my book?
- What are the categories for?
- What is the minimum number of categories?
- What is tagging and why should I do it?
- What is the minimum number of tags?
- How do I select the star rating for my review?
- I’ve never written a review before, where do I start?
- Can I link to multiple posts from my own blog in a single post here?
- Can I review multiple books in one post?
- I don’t know how to use WordPress. Help!
- I lost the dark gray bar at the top of the blog, how do I get that back?
- How do I log in?
- I have my first review ready to post. How do I do that?
- How do I post an image and make it look nice?
- How do I make my image clickable and link it to a website?
- What happened to my animated gif? It’s not moving!
- Why am I either not listed on the Leader Board or shown with an incorrect number of books?
- Why can’t I log in? My IP address was locked out, and I need help.
- I changed my email address, how do I update that information here?
- What is our Twitter hashtag and what is a hashtag anyway?
- Why do you want a picture of my book for Instagram and what kind of photo are you looking for?
- What are our RSS feeds and can you explain RSS?
- I don’t see my question here, and I need help.
- How does CBR fight cancer?
What is Cannonball Read?
Cannonball Read (CBR) is an annual book challenge to read and review 52 books in a year. Or 26. Or 13. Choose your level and read to meet your goal all while fundraising for the American Cancer Society.
How old do you have to be to participate?
There is no age requirement. We have several Junior Cannonballers participating already who are under 18. Parents, you will have to post for your Jr. Cannonballer on your account. Drop me a line about this. Also be forewarned that some reviews here are NSFW.
I don’t have a blog, do I need one?
No, if you don’t want to create your own blog, you may post all of your reviews to the group blog (this site) only. When you register, please leave the blog field blank.
I don’t have a blog, how do I start one?
If you want to have your own blog for reviews, there are number of free blog sites like WordPress or Blogger. Visit those sites, or any other blogging platform you know, and choose one that works for you.
I didn’t create my blog yet, how can I sign up for CBR9?
If you want to have your own blog for reviews, please create your blog prior to signing up so that you can submit your blog address. It doesn’t have to have any reviews yet, or a finished design, just go ahead and acquire the address you’ll use.
I have my own blog already, can I post my reviews there?
Yes, if you have a blog, you may post your review there. However, you must also post at least a link (and hopefully a sentence or two for context) to each review you write on the group blog. Please link back to the group blog from your own post too.
How do I get access to the group blog?
At registration, you should have signed up with an email address. Scroll to the bottom of this page to the “Log in” link, and log in to get access to the administration dashboard.
How long does my review have to be?
Reviews should be at least three paragraphs, a minimum of 250 words. If you have a question about the length of your post, please contact MsWas.
How should I title my blog posts?
In addition to the field for the actual title of the book, you may also enter your own, creative title for your review post. This field is not required, but we suggest that the more creative your title is, the better. Use the post title to draw in a reader and to add additional context for your review. If you cannot come up with a post title, you may leave that blank. The book/author information will show at the top of the post either way.
Why do I have to enter a link to Amazon.com for my book?
One of our goals is to raise as much money for the American Cancer Society as possible. Remember, we’re doing this in AlabamaPink’s memory. The book link field to Amazon.com will automatically get our affiliate code tacked on to the end. If you have a compelling reason to link to a site other than Amazon, please contact me. Links to other sites may not work if they are in the amazon field.
What is tagging and why should I do it?
Tags are similar to categories, but they are generally used to describe your post in more detail. You can create your own tag, or click “choose from the most used tags” and select one from the list. Please make sure to type in the author’s full name and “add” a tag for that author. There are 2 ways to add tags:
- When you’re in editing or updating the post itself – “Edit Post”. Tags are on the right, below the Publish button – type in the text and click “Add” for each one. “Update,” “Save Draft,” or “Publish” as necessary. See: How to Add Tags in WordPress
- In Quick Edit mode. Posts>All Posts – and mouse over the post title and click on “Quick Edit.” Enter the tags in the field separated by comma, click “Update” at lower right. See: Using the Quick Edit feature
How do I select the star rating for my review?
The 1-5 (worst to best) star ratings are a way for you to tell others what’s the cream of the crop or the worst of the worst. To select a rating when you are composing your post, look on the right side, below the Publish button, below Categories and Tags, and find the “Post Rating” box. You may have to scroll down. Select the number of stars for your review in the dropdown menu. The default is no stars, so if you don’t select a number, no stars will show. Then Update/Publish. To add a star category after your post is published, Go to Posts> All Posts>Edit> and follow as above. Don’t forget to click “Update”!
- Start with a short summary of the book.
- Tell the reader if you liked it or not, and why.
- Throw in a quote or two from the book.
- Finish up with whether you recommend it or not.
Voilà! You have your first review.
Can I link to multiple posts from my own blog in a single post here?
Yes, you can link to multiple posts from your blog in a single group blog post. Just make sure that your group blog post title indicates the number of the reviews therein. Enter the highest review number in the CBR9 Review Number field.
Can I review multiple books in one post?
Yes,you may review several books within a single group blog post. This may make sense for series or related books. However, please do not stint on the amount of text written for each book. Enter the highest review number in the CBR9 Review Number field.
WordPress/ Blogging Answers
I lost the gray bar at the top of the blog, how do I get that back?
Don’t worry, you’ve just been logged out of the blog. Scroll to the bottom of the blog and click the “Log In” link in the footer. Once you log back in, you’ll get the bar back and will now have access to the administration dashboard.
I have my first review ready to post. How do I do that?
If you do not have your own blog, you’ll post the whole review here on the group blog. Mouse over “Cannonball Read” in the gray band at the top left, and then select New > Post.
If you have your own blog, post the review there in entirety, and then create a new post on this blog. Write a short blurb about your review that’s posted on your site, or maybe copy and paste the first paragraph or sentence, something to entice the reader to click through to your blog. Highlight the text that you want people to be able to click on to get to your blog, and then click the button that looks like a little chain. (When you mouse over that button, it says “Insert/Edit link”.) Add the link to the review post on your site, and then click “Add Link.”
On your own blog, please link back to cannonballread.com so that there are more links coming TO our group blog.
How do I post an image and make it look nice?
It’s easy to get the image on the page, and WordPress.org can tell you how. To make it look nice, make sure you align all images to the right or left in your post, so the text wraps around the image. Just mouse over the image and select the aligtment. WordPress.org can tell you how to do that too.
How do I make my image clickable and link it to a website?
If you’d like to add a link to your image and make it clickable, under attachment display settings, select “Link to” > “Custom URL”. Once that option is selected, a field will appear below that menu where you can paste or type in your link. Always remember to use “http://” when linking to a site other than cannonballread.com.
What happened to my animated gif? It’s not moving!
Make sure that when you insert an animated gif, you insert it at the full size. All of the other size options are lost when WordPress creates them. Those are still.
Why am I either not listed on the Leaderboard or shown with an incorrect number of books?
Currently you need to manually update one more field when you post a review to get your total updated on the leaderboard. please also go to Profile (on the left navigation of the Admin Section) > scroll to very bottom > enter # in “CBR9 Review Total” and click Update Profile. Please also continue to enter your review number in the individual post. If you are posting a large number of reviews, you can update your CBR9 Review Total at the end. Please update the number in that field now.
Why can’t I log in? My IP address was locked out, and I need help
Usually security lockouts are 15 minutes long. If after that time you still can’t get in, please contact Mswas. Give her your IP address to make things go faster. Find your IP address here.
I changed my email address, how do I update that information here?
Log into the website using the email address you signed up with, and at the top right, mouse over where it says “Howdy…” and select “Edit My Profile.” Change the email address that is shown under “Contact Info,” and the scroll to the bottom and click “Update Profile.” Please notify Mswas so she can update her records.
What is our Twitter hashtag and what is a hashtag anyway?
This year’s Twitter hashtag is #CBR9. A hashtag is a way to tag tweets with a common term to aid in searching and organizing tweets. Find out more.
Why do you want a picture of my book for Instagram, and what kind of photo are you looking for?
We’re making a big push on our instagram account, and when your review is going to be featured, you’ll be contacted to find out if you have (or could take) a couple of pretty pictures of the book if you still have it. If it was an e-book, feel free to send any other general reading picture you have (or take) which could be your to-be-read pile or your bookshelves, or a picture of the book pulled up on your device. If not, we’ll make do.
And RSS itself?
RSS is an acronym for “really simple syndication.”…The idea behind syndication is pretty straightforward. It’s a pain to check a whole bunch of websites to see which has updated. If you want to keep up with [our blog] every day, it’s no good to have to check back periodically and scroll down the page until you can figure out where you left off. Syndication brings those blog entries to you, notifying you whenever there’s something new to read on one of those websites.
Syndication doesn’t just tell you when a site has been updated, but actually provides you with the new material. From waldo.jaquith.org
Paste one or both of the RSS feed addresses in the link above into a reader like Feedly, Netvibes or other RSS reader.
I don’t see my question here, and I need help!
Please contact me, and I’ll be happy to help you.
How does CBR fight cancer?
We fundraise for the American Cancer Society in a number of ways: through ad revenue, affiliate links, Godtopus Gear at Zazzle.com, and donations. See how much we’ve donated this year.