Blog-a-Tonics

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Here Comes the ULTIMATE event of the YEAR ---> BLOG-A-TON 12

 Date for Blog-a-Ton 12: Jul 10, 2010
Topic declaration Jul 03, 2010

Hello friends, here comes the last event of the 1st year of Blog-a-Ton Calender. I hope you all are excited about the upcoming Blog-a-Ton Meets that take place a week before the event, on Jul 4, 2010.  

But first of all, lets welcome Wordsmithy who has joined us in our endeavour to reach newer heights. You will be blogrolled soon :)

So with this, I invite your suggestions for the topic for Blog-a-Ton 12. Please keep the following things in mind while suggesting.
  • Each member can suggest only one topic.
  • The topic should be general in scope, so that more and more Blog-a-Tonics can participate.
  • If you like any suggestion, then please VOTE for it rather than giving a new suggestion.
  • If you like a suggested topic but don't like the wordings, still VOTE for it and alongside suggest a new title for it.
  • In case you have already suggested a topic but find some subsequent suggestion better than yours, you are allowed to vote for it. But this can be done only once.
  • Rather than criticising the suggestions made by others, kindly give better suggestions.
  • Give your suggestions and votes in the comments section of this post.
  • Do not embolden your comment using HTML bold tag.
  • Please keep these points in mind to make my job easier.
In case a comment is not posted according to these rules, it will be deleted.

Encourage your fellow bloggers to participate in this edition. You can share this post on your various social networking profiles through the ShareThis widget.


Hoping to receive some interesting suggestions
 Blog-a-Tonically Yours

Thursday, June 24, 2010

BLOG-A-TON MEET in FULL SWING - CONTACT ASAP

As you all know, we at blog-a-ton are planning to have a meet to commemorate this blog turning ONE.

Before, I delve further, lets welcome the new blog-a-tonics;
 You all will be blogrolled soon!

On July 4, we are trying to have a meet in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Pune and Hyderabad to bring together blog-a-tonics and also other bloggers so that they get to know each other and share ideas beyond the virtual network. Camaraderie is the basic idea behind Blog-a-Ton and this meet is just an extension to it.

If you are interested in attending this meet, please contact the following city-wise meet marshals as soon as possible.
  • New Delhi - Richa Sharma - er.richa.sharma[at]gmail.com
  • Pune - Siddhesh 'Ravan' Kabe - hi5[at]sidoscope.co.in
  • Mumbai - Rashi aka Psychedchick - rashiv[at]gmail.com
  • Hyderabad - Tavish Chaddha - tavish.chadha[at]gmail.com
  • Kolkata - Sourav C. Pandey - sourav.c.pandey[at]gmail.com
Also give your inputs to them to make this event a success. So contact them ASAP to allow them to make proper arrangements. You are also welcome to invite other bloggers to the meet to introduce them to the Blog-a-Ton Community.

While contacting the meet marshals, cc it to me - vipul.grover[at]gmail.com.

For those waiting for Blog-a-ton 12, just wait till the coming Saturday!!!
Hoping to organise successful Meets
Blog-a-Tonically Yours

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Time to REVEAL the BATOM 11

Before the World gets drenched in the Football Frenzy, its time to bring Blog-a-Ton 11 to an end. And as always, we bid farewell by declaring the Blog-a-Tonic of the Month.

But before I do that, let's welcome the new members of this ever-growing family;
  • Ketan
  • Zeba Siddiqui (Please provide a bloglink to be blogrolled)
  • SDeah (Please provide a bloglink to be blogrolled)
  • Kajal Iyer (Please provide a bloglink to be blogrolled)
You all will be blogrolled soon!

So now, it is the time for the REVELATION...

As evident, each vote from a participant =2 cheers whereas from non-participants =1 cheer

Vibhuti Bhandarkar Nayak's attempt to bring all the detective legends - Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, and Robert Langdon - together in this cell-phone-laptop-USB drive era has bagged her the Blog-a-Ton of the Month award. Congratulations. Your BATOM badge award has been mailed to you.

Gyanban and Leo once again manage to grab the runners-up position. I wish them all the best for the coming editions.

You all can also read the voting comments now. Just click here to find who all voted for you or liked your entry and what they had to say about it!

P.S. Some votes which were highly incompatible with the rules have been discarded while compiling the results though they are kept visible in the comments section and some votes might not be visible as they were directly mailed to me. Moreover, remember only those bloggers have valid votes who had been welcomed and blogrolled on Friday's Reminder post or who joined later but participated in the event.

And friends before I leave, I must remind you once again about our plans for Blog-a-Ton's First Anniversary celebrations. Following are the city wise Meet Marshals
  • New Delhi - Richa Sharma - er.richa.sharma[at]gmail.com
  • Pune - Siddhesh 'Ravan' Kabe - hi5[at]sidoscope.co.in
  • Mumbai - Rashi aka Psychedchick -rashiv[at]gmail.com
  • Hyderabad - Tavish Chaddha -tavish.chadha[at]gmail.com
  • Kolkatta - Sourav C. Pandey - sourav.c.pandey[at]gmail.com
Kindly mail them if you are interested in joining the Blog-a-Ton First Anniversary Meet on July 4, 2010. Any correspondence between the meet marshals and the other blog-a-tonics should be cc-ed to me, vipul.grover[at]gmail.com in order to keep me in the loop.


I am still waiting for someone to volunteer from Bengaluru and Chennai. Kindly reply asap. As for those interested to attend from these cities can mail me directly. Once we have a volunteer marshal from your city, he/she will take over.


Will be back soon with Blog-a-Ton 12
Blog-a-Tonically Yours

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hello!!! Anyone there???

 Lets welcome the new Blog-a-tonics before carrying on with this discussion
  • Aishwarya
  • Nouman (Please provide a bloglink to be blogrolled)
  • Loga (Please provide a bloglink to be blogrolled)
As you all know that Blog-a-Ton will be celebrating its first anniversary soon and I had put up a discussion for the same. Some of you have shown interest in holding Blog-a-Ton meets but no one came forward to volunteer as a Meet Marshal, i.e., the person who'll coordinate the plans in his/her respective city.

The cities we are targetting are Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Kolkatta, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

The event will be simple, without any pomp and show. Just some Blog-a-Tonics getting together over a cup of coffee or mugs of beer on July 4.

So, if you are interested, please volunteer as soon as possible or we'll have to ditch this idea.

Moreover, no one came forward to design the Hall of Fame badge for the veteran Blog-a-Tonics. If there is anyone willing to help me with it, please send me an e-mail.

As comments are being moderated due to ongoing voting for BATOM 11, I'll keep publishing the comments for this post at regular intervals.

Looking forward to a little more enthusiasm this time
Blog-a-Tonically Yours

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Lets find the Hidden Winner - BATOM 11 here we come !!!

Voting gets over at 23:00 hrs (IST) on Jun 10, 2010. Remember, that means time stamp of your comment can be at most 22:59 and not 23:00.

Let us welcome the new Blog-a-Tonics before proceeding further
  • Maryum
  • Soumo Deep Saha (Please provide a bloglink to be blogrolled)
  • Sayak Shome
  • Neha Kapoor
  • Deepak
  • le embrouille blogueur
  • Pria (Please provide a bloglink to be blogrolled)
  • Gaurav (Please provide a bloglink to be blogrolled)
  • Chaotic Calm (Please provide a bloglink to be blogrolled)
  • Niobe Ocean (Please provide a bloglink to be blogrolled)
  • Kattankaapi (Please provide a bloglink to be blogrolled)
You all will be blogrolled after the completion of this edition of Blog-a-Ton!

Click here to check the fellow Blog-a-Tonics who took part in this Blog-a-Ton along with the direct links to their posts.

In this edition, 59 entries came in from 52 blog-a-tonics within the stipulated time.
Please follow the following rules while voting.

1. You can cast upto 3 votes and of course you can not vote for yourself.
You are allowed to vote for more than one entry but the maximum votes you can cast are three. All your votes will carry the same weightage.

2. Your Voting Comment should start as follows:



In case you participated -

I vote for - 
1. XYZ; his/her post = http://ABC/xyz.html
2. DEF; his/her post = http://LMN/def.html
3. PQR; his/her post = http://RST/pqr.html


Code:
I participated - <a href="YOUR POST LINK">YOUR POST LINK</a>
I vote for -
1. NAME OF THE FIRST BLOGATONIC YOU VOTE FOR; his/her postlink = <a href="HIS/HER POST LINK">HIS/HER POST LINK</a>
2. NAME OF THE SECOND BLOGATONIC YOU VOTE FOR; his/her postlink = <a href="HIS/HER POST LINK">HIS/HER POST LINK</a>
3. NAME OF THE THIRD BLOGATONIC YOU VOTE FOR; his/her postlink = <a href="HIS/HER POST LINK">HIS/HER POST LINK</a>




In case you did not participate -

I did not participate but I am blogrolled by the name of Vipul Grover.
I vote for - 
1. XYZ; his/her post = http://ABC/xyz.html
2. DEF; his/her post = http://LMN/def.html
3. PQR; his/her post = http://RST/pqr.html


Code:
I did not participate but I am blogrolled by the name of YOUR NAME ON OUR BLOGROLL.
I vote for -
1.  NAME OF THE FIRST BLOGATONIC YOU VOTE FOR; his/her postlink = <a href="HIS/HER POST LINK">HIS/HER POST LINK</a>
2. NAME OF THE SECOND BLOGATONIC YOU VOTE FOR; his/her postlink = <a href="HIS/HER POST LINK">HIS/HER POST LINK</a>
3. NAME OF THE THIRD BLOGATONIC YOU VOTE FOR; his/her postlink = <a href="HIS/HER POST LINK">HIS/HER POST LINK</a>


Replace the parameters highlighted in red with their actual values.

Remove the extra code in case you are voting for less than three entries.

Remember, in case you participated, your vote will be counted as 1 and in case you didn't, then it will just carry the 1/2 value.

All your votes, one or two or three will carry this same weightage.

Hence, do not forget to give your post link or blogrolled name (whichever is applicable as clearly visible in the above code) as it will decide whether your vote is counted as 1 or 1/2 in value.

3. While voting for a Blog-a-Tonic, use his/her name as provided by him/her in his/her participation entry.
Moreover, in case of multiple entries by that blog-a-tonic, don't forget to number his post as mentioned by him/her while commenting.

 4. All your votes should be posted in a single comment. So, take your time - go through all posts - only then decide your one or two or three favourites.
In case you vote separately, only the first comment will be taken into consideration.

5.  Post your vote in the comments section of this post.

Now coming to the other rules:
  • Voting ends at  2300 hrs (IST) on  Jun 10, 2010.
  • I have started moderating the comments and won’t display the voting comments till the end of this process to keep the result secret till its conclusion.
  • After the voting code mentioned above, you may also add the reason, why you voted for a particular post to help others know what you expect as a reader. Moreover, you may also mention the other posts that you liked though you can vote for just one of them. 
  • In case of multiple entries by any blog-a-tonic, all his/her entries will be evaluated individually while deciding BATOM, i.e., the award will go to a post rather than the blogger.
The Votes will be discarded without any prior warning in case they are not sufficiently compatible with the rules.

So, if there is any query about voting or you do not find yourself blogrolled, feel free to drop in a mail. I'll try to get back to you asap.


Remember, the time stamp of your comment can be at most 22:59 and not 23:00 on Jun 10.

Hoping to see similar participation in voting too
Blog-a-Tonically Yours

Friday, June 4, 2010

Rules and Reminder for Blog-a-Ton 11

Publish the post on Jun 5, 2010 anytime between 0000 hrs and 2359 hrs (IST)!


Date for Blog-a-TonJun 5, 2010

Before I give you the details about posting, lets welcome the new Blog-a-Tonics
You all will be blogrolled soon. I hope to see all of you participating this time.

As you already know, the topic for Blog-a-Ton 11 has been finalised as:
Hidden

Please follow these rules while publishing your post and thereafter:
  • The title of your post should be the topic itself; i.e. Hidden
    Please do not use any alternative title or your post link will be removed.

  • The post should start with this text within blockquotes and with link to this blog. Just copy the following HTML code and paste to your post in Edit HTML mode:

    <div style="text-align: justify;">
    <blockquote>
    This post has been published by me as a part of the <b>Blog-a-Ton 11</b>; the eleventh edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following <a href="http://blog-a-ton.blogspot.com/"><b>Blog-a-Ton</b></a>.
    </blockquote>
    </div>

  • The post should end with this text within blockquotes and with links to the comments section of this post and this blog. Just copy the following HTML code and paste to ur post in Edit HTML mode:


    <div style="text-align: justify;">
    <blockquote>
    The <b>fellow Blog-a-Tonics</b> who took part in this Blog-a-Ton and links to their respective <b>posts</b> can be checked <a href="http://blog-a-ton.blogspot.com/2010/06/rules-and-reminder-for-blog-ton-11.html#comments"><b>here</b></a>. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following <b><a href="http://blog-a-ton.blogspot.com/">Blog-a-Ton</a></b>.
    </blockquote>
    </div>

  • Publish the post on Jun 5, 2010 anytime between 0000 hrs and 2359 hrs (Indian Standard Time)


  • Use the following code to provide direct link to your post.

<a href="ADDRESS OF YOUR POST">YOUR NAME - Hidden</a>


It will look like this: Vipul Grover - Hidden and will link to your post.
Please follow this rule to ensure easy navigability to your post.

  • In case you post your link after the stipulated time, then your submission will not be considered for voting.

    • Return on Jun 6 to vote for your favourite post. A separate notification for the same will be posted upon the conclusion of the event. So do not vote till then. Till then just enjoy reading the various entries, keeping in mind your favourite one. 

    DO NOT USE THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS POST FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE. If there are any queries, ask them in the comments section of previous post.

    Looking forward to both quantity and quality
    Blog-a-Tonically Yours