Blog-a-Tonics

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Blog-a-Ton 30 - Topic Discussion, What's so special?



Is this a special edition?

May be? It is? Or?

If it is a special edition, what’s so special?

Our Marshal Vipul’s Birthday (July 17)or our Marshal Leo’s Birthday (August 18) or the host?

Mmmm of course, the first two is special for us but why am I going mad here?

Still blank?

Okay!

Let’s celebrate the birthday of…
Blog–a–Ton!


OMG! Blog-a-Ton is aging three now! Wow! Exciting!

........the journey:
On 5th July 2009, Blog-a-Ton was born, a misnomer of the word Blogathon and on 1st August 2009, our first edition was hosted by our Marshal Vipul Grover and after 17 editions, he willingly took a break. Our Ravan and few others hosted initially, later Leo and I took the responsibility on our shoulders to march forward and to achieve our dream! The dream is having 100 entrants in a single edition!

Can we make it possible in this edition? Can we read 100 entrants this time? I agree, we are not giving away any prizes or gift vouchers but we are giving a Golden platform; a platform preferred by passionate writers!

Some of our BATOM’s are now published authors and they have proudly said that Blog-a-Ton helped them a lot! Some write because of BAT, some breathe for BAT, and that’s what Blog-a-Ton is!

I love numbers and I’ve been known to cherish stats a lot. So far, in 29 Editions, we have read 1118 Official Entries; that’s an average of 39 Entries. We have 36 GOLD BATOMS, 19 SILVER BATOMS, 11 BRONZE BATOMS and many more to come. Our Official Followers count is heading towards the magical four-digit number and we are more than five hundred member family on Facebook!

Do you want to know more numbers that are magical?

I love to share more - Brijender Singh of Brijender(in a row) and Leo of I Rhyme Without Reason has won Three GOLD BATOM, Leo of I Rhyme Without Reason has won Three SILVER BATOM and Shilpa Nair of Servings of Mania has won Two Bronze BATOM, the most number of wins under the respective categories and In overall, Leo of I Rhyme Without Reason has won SIX BATOM in total! Keep Winning!

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Are you ready for BAT 30 and this time with modified rules?

DATE OF BLOG-A-TON 30 : SUNDAY, 5th AUGUST 2012 - HAPPY FRIENDSHIP DAY IN ADVANCE!

TOPIC DECLARATION:
WEDNESDAY, 1st AUGUST 2012, 10:30 PM IST
.

Leo
VOTES - ASHZZES, PAVIL & SURESH
RaNiii
VOTES - DEEPA, MENACHERY & DIWAKAR
DS
VOTES - KAPPU
MeghaApala
VOTES - YATIN
Vipul Grover
Rajrupa
VOTES - SUNIL
Scorpio
VOTES - CB
Someone is Special
VOTES - SHILPA & SADIYAt

Click on the name to view the original image!

Please go through the following rules before suggesting or voting

  • We have changed the format ONLY for this BAT.
  • In place of a topic, we will have a common image - the image can be sketch, painting or photographs! to write upon.
  • The participants will have to take inspiration from this image and write their posts.
  • Each member can suggest only one image.
  • The image should be inspiring enough so that more and more Blog-a-Tonics can participate.
  • While suggesting provide a direct link to the image.
Use  <a href="IMAGE LINK">YOUR NAME</a> for providing the direct link.
  • Moreover, ensure that there are no copyright issues related to the image. You should also provide the source of the image below your suggestion. PS: The sketch, painting or photographs can be yours or your relatives - an opportunity to showcase the talent!
  • If you like any suggestion, VOTE for it (by giving the name of the person who has suggested it or by replying to their comments) rather than giving a new suggestion.
  • In case you have already suggested an image but find some subsequent suggestion better than yours, you are allowed to vote for it. But this can be done only once.
  • Rather than criticizing 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. 
  • PS: I reserve the right to discard any suggestion in case if it is found inappropriate.


What’s more?

Okay, I’m not going to end calling it as surprise! Here it is,


  • The BATOMS blog post will be featured on our official Blog-a-Ton PageM
  • All the participants will be featured with a short intro about their blog on a separate page.
  • There will be special incentive for the blogger who refers maximum number of Blog-a-Tonics to this edition. He\She will be featured on official Blog-a-Ton Page. If you refer someone or did refer them already in earlier editions, please ask them to specify your name in the code, which we will give in Rules and Reminder Post! Thanks in advance!


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.
Poetically Yours,
Co-Marshal,
Someone is Special

Monday, July 9, 2012

Blog-a-Ton 29 Results - Two Minutes of Fame? :)

I first take two minutes to thank every one who participated in BAT29. It's a pleasure to have you here. Of the 28 who participated, 21 returned to vote, and 19 of the votes were counted. From the voting code of Sandy and Manasa, I couldn't decipher who their votes fell to, hence these two votes weren't counted. Again, we've had a tie for bronze, requiring me to vote to break it. It shows the quality of entries here I feel.

The results of Blog-a-Ton 29, here is the list of participants and the cheers they garnered:



19 participants have garnered at least one cheer under their name. :-) Rock on Blog-a-Tonics :-)

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

BRONZE BATOM

C.R.D.

Ash Sharma

Rajrupa


Congratulations to the winners. T.T.T and SiS, you ran Rajrupa close, and were tied for bronze till the end of voting. Good luck to you both for BAT30. 

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 30 which is set to begin soon.!

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" & "pendownmythought@gmail.com" with the links to all your posts (or simply label all your BAT entries and send Marshal and Co-Marshal that single link).

Hope you all enjoyed this edition..!

Poetically Yours,
Blog-a-Ton Co-Marshal,
Leo

Monday, July 2, 2012

Take 2 Minutes To Cast your Votes for Blog-a-Ton 29.

Voting ends at 22:00 hrs (IST) on July 08, 2012. Remember, that means time stamp of your comment can be at most 21:59 and not 22:00.

The curtain closes on a successful edition of Blog-a-ton, the 29th one. The number of entrants this time was 28, which is quite good. Thanks!

We had 28 blog-a-tonics enter within the stipulated time. All 28 Blog-a-Tonics are eligible for voting. So feel free to vote for your B-A-T 28 Favorites. Karan Shah, though he has shared his post on Two Minutes will not be eligible for voting, and votes cast against his entry will not be counted.

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 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:



Eg: I participated - Someone is Special - Two Minutes

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  10:00PM (IST) on  SUNDAY, July 8, 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 21:59 on July 8 and not 22:00 on July 8.  
Poetically Yours,
Blog-a-Ton Co-Marshal,
Leo