Blog-a-Tonics

Saturday, April 28, 2012

ONCE AGAIN... we shall Blog-a-Ton!

Date for Blog-a-Ton 27 : MAY 06, 2012 

On the basis of the voting over last week, we have narrowed down the topic for BAT 27.

 Topic for Blog-a-Ton 27 :
ONCE AGAIN

adreamygal of Journey of Dreams gives us the inspiring suggestion this time around. Thank you.

SOME RULES
  1. You can submit ONLY ONE POST for this event irrespective of the number of blogs you maintain.
  2. You must title the post as ONCE AGAIN, no other title will be accepted.
  3. You must justify this theme with a complementary post. To make things easier, you have the freedom to treat it the way you want. Its upto you; which genre of writing you choose, i.e. simple essay-type, article, dialogue, short story (even 55 Fiction for that matter), poem or whatever you feel like.
  4. Moreover, its up to you; which mood or tone you choose to set it in, i.e. serious, witty, humor, optimistic or whatever that comes to you naturally.
  5. If you are having a cartoon blog, photo blog, painting blog etc, even you can participate with your piece of art complementing this theme.
  6. You have the freedom to choose the language of communication. However, we'll suggest you to write in English to put across your views to the maximum members which will also help you when its the time to vote for the BATOM.
  7. Other rules regarding the posting will be conveyed to you later. So kindly wait for that notification on the next Saturday (MAY 05) rather than putting up queries right now. If the queries are regarding general pattern of the event, please go through the posts about previous events.
So, you all have ample time to write it, but you'll have to wait till MAY 6th to post it finally on your blog along with everyone else.

Please write your posts on time ( MAY 6th ~ 00:00:00 – 23:59:59 IST ) as early or late entries will not be allowed to participate in the voting round (though the links will be added to the participants list).

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

Have fun,
Blog-a-Ton Co-Marshal - Vinay Leo Ravindranath

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Have you been to the Fablery?

About Fablery:
Fablery provides aspiring writers with an opportunity to get published and reach out to the bigger audience. Fablery would conduct a series of contests on different genres, throughout the year, giving writers a chance to get published or win various prizes. However, the underlying idea is not just rewarding writers but creating a platform where writers could meet, showcase their talents and help one another by providing constructive feedback and encouragement. Fablery endeavors to contribute a little to the literary world by bringing out the best out of every writer who participates at contests at Fablery.

Here's the link to the site: http://fablery.com

Here's the FB page: http://facebook.com/fablery

And the twitter handle: @fablery_

More about contests held at fablery:
Fablery will hold a contest every month until October 2012 and the genre of the month will be announced on 1st of every month (every month, different genre). The last date of submission will be after 30+ days the genre was announced, thus writers will get plenty of time to work on their submission piece.

Genre of the month March: Action & Adventure
Last date of submission: The submission date is kept open for now.

Genre of the month April: Humor
Last date of submission: 20th May 2012

Eligibility criteria:
There's no restriction on age or nationality, unless the participants are not legally eligible to sign a contract with Fablery i.e. if they win the contest.

Submission guideline:
The entry must be in English language only.
The entry must be not less than 5,000 words and not more than 7,500 words.
The entry must be in accordance to the genre of the month you are submitting it.
If you got anymore doubts about the contest then check the site for more details: http://fablery.com/faq
We suggest that you check the terms & conditions before submitting your entry here: http://fablery.com/submit-story/

Entry Fee:
There's no participation fee.

Results:
Winners' names will be announced after 15-30days of last submission date.

Judges:
Editors of Fablery & Ritu Lalit (author of “A Bowlful of Butterflies”).

Publishers:
Mahaveer Publishers will make the winning stories into a (paperback) book.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Blog-a-Ton.. the 27th Edition - What will the topic be?

We had twenty seven blog-a-tonics in the 26th round of Blog-a-ton. Can we double that number this time? We'll have to wait and see, but before that, let's find out what will be the topic that all of us would be writing on, shall we? Let the topic discussion begin...

DATE OF BLOG-A-TON 27 : SUNDAY, 6th MAY 2012.

TOPIC DECLARATION:
SATURDAY, 28th APRIL 2012, 11PM IST
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Please go through the following rules before suggesting or voting:

  1. Each member can suggest only ONE topic.
  2. The topic should be general in scope, so more Blog-a-Tonics can participate.
  3. If you like any suggestion, vote for it (along with mentioning the name of the suggester) with your comment rather than suggesting a new one.
  4. In case you had suggested one topic, but find that a subsequently suggested one is more appealing, you can change your vote and give support to that topic. (But this can be done ONLY ONCE)
  5. Don't criticize another's suggestion if you do not like it, kindly give a better suggestion.
  6. Give your suggestions or votes in the comments section of THIS POST.
  7. Do not BOLDEN your comment using the HTML Bold Tag.
  8. Keep these points in mind so as to make my job easier.
  9. PS: I Reserve The Right to Reject Any Comment/Suggestion in case I find it to be inappropriate.

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

Looking forward to a good Blog-A-Ton again.

Co-Marshal

Sunday, April 8, 2012

And the winners of BAT 26 are...

Twenty seven blog-a-tonics entered, nineteen voted, and a clear winner emerged. In addition, we have two silver blog-a-tonics this time out.

The results of Blog-a-Ton 26, here is the list of participants and the cheers they garnered;

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As evident, here are the three Blog-a-Tonics of the Month. Just Click on their names to read their respective entries.


GOLD BATOM

SILVER BATOM

SILVER BATOM

Chicky

Kshitij

Shilpa Nair


Congratulations to the three winners, and to Enchanta & The Fool who were the others in close contention.

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!

Stay tuned for BAT 27 which is set to begin real soon.


Signing off from here,
Leo

Monday, April 2, 2012

So who are your favorites in Blog-a-Ton 26? It's VOTING TIME!

Voting ends at 18:00 hrs (IST) on April 08, 2012. Remember, that means time stamp of your comment can be at most 17:59 and not 18:00.

We had 27 blog-a-tonics enter Blog-a-Ton 26 within the stipulated time. All 27 Blog-a-Tonics are eligible for voting. So feel free to vote for your B-A-T 26 Favorites.

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

Three Cheers for all the 27 Blog-a-Tonics.
Please follow the following rules while voting.

1. ONLY THOSE BLOG-A-TONICS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR VOTING (i.e., Contesting for votes and voting for others) WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THIS EVENT WITHIN THE STIPULATED TIME.

2. You can cast upto 3 votes or cheers as we call them, and of course you can not vote for yourself. In short, you are allowed to vote for one, two or three entries. All your votes will carry the same weightage. 3.  Your Voting Comment should start as follows:


I vote for -  1. XYZ; his/her post = XYZ-TITLE 2. DEF; his/her post = DEF-TITLE 3. PQR; his/her post = PQR-TITLE
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>

There is some specific logic behind the above code. So please fill the parameters highlighted in red as mentioned in the code only.

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

3. While voting for a Blog-a-Tonic, use his/her name as provided by him/her in his/her participation entry and not his/her profile name.

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

5. 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 winning entries. In case you vote separately, only the first comment will be taken into consideration.

Now coming to the other rules:
  • Voting ends at  06:00PM (IST) on  SUNDAY, APRIL 08, 2012.
  • 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. 
  • A THOUGHT: Be it Elections or Blog-a-Tonic, it is your duty to vote, because you have the power to select the winner, so please DO NOT WASTE YOUR VOTE.

The Votes will be discarded without any prior warning in case they are not sufficiently compatible with the rules.

A Reminder - Have your number of participations reached 10??? Then you are eligible to be included into the List of Veteran Blog-a-Tonics.  Just drop a mail to "marhsal@blogaton.in" with the links to all your posts (or simply label all your BAT entries and send Marshal that single link).


Remember, the time stamp of your comment can be at most 17:59 on April 08 and not 18:00 on April 08.  
Poetically Yours,
Blog-a-Ton Co-Marshal,
Vinay Leo Ravindranath