Blog-a-Tonics

Monday, October 29, 2012

It's time to CELEBRATE again - Happy Diwali!!


DATE FOR BLOG-A-TON 33 : NOVEMBER 04, 2012

Based on the voting over last one week, we have narrowed down the topic for BAT 33....

TOPIC FOR BLOG-A-TON 33
CELEBRATIONS



Uma of Perpetual Mind gave us the inspiring suggestion for BAT 16. Thank you.

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? Spread the word, invite your friends...

RULES
  1. You can submit ONLY ONE POST for this event irrespective of the number of blogs you maintain.
  2. You are free to give any title to your entry. 
  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 upto you; which mood or tone you choose to set it in, i.e. serious, witty, humour, optimistic or whatever that comes to you naturally.
  5. Again, 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.
  6. Other rules regarding the posting will be conveyed to you later. So kindly wait for that notification till Saturday 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.

What’s more?

  • The GOLD BATOM winner will be interviewed by Blog-a-Ton!
  • The winners will be featured on Blog-a-Ton Cover Photo!
  • All the participants fan page will be featured with a short intro about their blog here.
  • 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 will be provided in Rules and Reminder Post! To consider a referral, the Blog-a-Tonics should debut in this edition or they should have participated in only two Blog-a-Ton editions or less than that!

I hope will have ample time to write it, but you'll have to wait till November 4th to post it finally on your blog along with everyone else. Best of luck!

Please write your posts on time (November 4th 00:00:00 – 23:59:59 IST) as the 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 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

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Blog-a-Ton 33 - Topic Discussion - An Idea to change Blog-a-Ton!


Once again congratulations to all the BATOM and participants of Blog-a-Ton 32.

Are you ready for BAT 33 and this time with some more modified rules?

DATE OF BLOG-A-TON 33 : SUNDAY, 4th NOVEMBER 2012!

TOPIC DECLARATION:
MONDAY, 29th OCTOBER 2012, 10:30 PM IST
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An idea to change Blog-a-Ton?

Dear Saravana,

We've had 32 Blog-a-tons to date, 4 of them being image prompts. Leaving the 4 image prompts, and the 3 previous theme prompts, i.e. An Untold Story, Strangers in the Night and Two Minutes, we have done 25 other theme prompts. Why not, for a change, do a re-prompt? Give the Blog-a-tonics chance to vote for their favorite among these 25 themes, and Blog-a-ton 33 to have that as the topic? :)

Regards,
Leo

How many times I had to miss Blog-a-Ton due to personal reasons though I loved the topic. It's a chance for me to write on the most favorite topic of Blog-a-Ton. I love this idea!


Blog-a-Tonics, are you ready? If you are, vote for a topic from the table given below :)

Edition Topic (Suggested By) Official Entries Votes
2 Teachers Aaj Kal (Vipul) 28
4 If I were a baby again (Daisy Blue) 38 AYUSHI...
7 What If? (Debosmita) 43 Naina Madan, Amity, Apala
8 Time Travel (Debosmita) 42 Mukta Dhanuka
9 Fool (Ravan) 35 Yatin
10 Escape (Leo) 58
11 Hidden (Leo) 52
12 Wish (Leo) 65
13 Goodbye (Debosmita) 73 Deepa Duraiswamy, Harshita, Megha
14 Return (Leo) 63 Andya, aativas, Cherry Blossom, Karan Shah, DGND
16 Celebrations (Uma) 43 Harshal, Rajrupa, Dilip Patel, Madhavi, muthu, Sadiya
17 The Mystery (Leo) 39 chips from a life
19 Journey (Sureindran) 33 Deepa Iyer, Shashiprakash
21 The Other Day (Nethra) 33 Scarlette
22 Revenge (Aashish) 24 The Solitary Writer
23 Free (Leo) 40 Sulaiman
24 Black & White (Ravan) 19
26 That Last Night (Animesh G.) 27
27 Once Again (adreamygal) 20
28 Blank Pages (Leo) 39 dreamer, Aarthy, Pavil

Please go through the following rules before suggesting or voting

  • We have changed the format ONLY for this BAT.
  • Instead of suggesting a new topic, we have decided to do a re-prompt.
  • The participants will have to take inspiration from the topic and write their posts.
  • Each member can vote for only one suggestion.
  • VOTE for the topic (by giving the edition number, or the topic).
  • In case you have already voted one but find some other topic better than your previous selection, you are allowed to vote for it. But this can be done only once.
  • Give your 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 votes in case if it is found inappropriate.

What’s more?

  • All the participants fan page will be featured with a short intro about their blog here.
  • 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 will be provided in Rules and Reminder Post! To consider a referral, the Blog-a-Tonics should debut in this edition or they should have participated in only two Blog-a-Ton editions or less than that!


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

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Blog-a-Ton 32 Results - What's the best untold story told?

I thank everyone for participating in this edition and making this edition a success. It was exciting, fun and happy to read 50 entrants. Out of the 50 entrants, 21 of you returned to cast your votes too, and in total 84 cheers to decide 3 winners. Also, 36 participants have garnered at least one cheer under their name. Way to go.. Congrats!

The results of Blog-a-Ton 32, here is the list of participants and the cheers they garnered:

Click here to view an enlarged image

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

GOLD BATOM

GOLD BATOM

BRONZE BATOM

Megha - Candid Girl

Deepa Duraisamy

Apala Sengupta



Congratulations to the winners (Deepa Duraisamy, Megha - Candid Girl, Apala Sengupta). Arjun, C Suresh and TTT who were close till the last minute. Anyway, better luck next time..

Winners can drop an email to any of the marshal id's to claim their badges.. Winners will also be featured on Blog-a-Ton Cover Photo. The photographs will be taken from their respective blogger profiles. Also, GOLD BATOMS will be interviewed in the month of December. Sorry to keep you waiting. Keep writing..!!!

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!

and... do you know who is lucky enough to get featured on Blog-a-Ton page....



And for the third consecutive month, I'm getting opportunity to be featured on Blog-a-Ton Page for this month. Thanks to everyone for accepting the invite :)

Wanna get featured for a month?? Start referring your friends for Blog-a-Ton!!!

The Top Three contributors are

aativas27
Someone is Special22
Leo20

Stay tuned for BAT 33 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 "marshal@blogaton.in" & "pendownmythought@gmail.com" with the links to all your posts (or simply label all your BAT entries and send Marshal and Co-Marshals that single link).


Hope you all enjoyed this special edition!
Poetically Yours,
Co-Marshal,
Someone is Special

Monday, October 8, 2012

It's voting time - What's the best untold story told?

Voting ends at 22:30 hrs (IST) on OCTOBER 19, 2012. Remember, that means time stamp of your comment can be at most 22:29 and not 22:30.

The curtain closes on a wonderful edition of Blog-a-ton, the 32nd one. The number of entrants this time is 50, which is half the count of the dream number 100, and after 16 editions, we have 50 or more participated in a Blog-a-Ton edition and this has happened six times before. I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for participating! Do comeback and vote for the entries worth winning!

We had 50 blog-a-tonics enter in this edition and 48 within the stipulated time. Only those 48 Blog-a-Tonics are eligible for voting. So feel free to vote for your B-A-T 32 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 to 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. SEEING THE POSITIVE RESPONSE FOR THE INCREASE IN NUMBER OF VOTES IN THE LAST TWO EDITIONS, I'D LIKE TO IMPLEMENT THE SAME IDEA OF FIVE VOTES IN THIS EDITION AS WELL, AND HENCEFORTH NUMBER OF VOTES DEPENDS ON TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRANTS. In this edition, you can cast upto 5 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, three, four or five entries. All your votes will carry the same weightage.

3.  Your Voting Comment should start as follows:



Eg: I participated - Ayushi - An Untold Story

I vote for -  1. BLOGATONIC NAME; his/her post = POST TITLE 2. BLOGATONIC NAME; his/her post = POST TITLE 3. BLOGATONIC NAME; his/her post = POST TITLE4. BLOGATONIC NAME; his/her post = POST TITLE5. BLOGATONIC NAME; his/her post = POST TITLE
Code:

I participated - <a href="YOUR POST LINK">YOUR POST TITLE</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 TITLE</a>
2. NAME OF THE SECOND BLOGATONIC YOU VOTE FOR; his/her postlink = <a href="HIS/HER POST TITLE">HIS/HER POST TITLE</a>
3. NAME OF THE THIRD BLOGATONIC YOU VOTE FOR; his/her postlink = <a href="HIS/HER POST LINK">HIS/HER POST TITLE</a>
4. NAME OF THE FOURTH BLOGATONIC YOU VOTE FOR; his/her postlink = <a href="HIS/HER POST LINK">HIS/HER POST TITLE</a>
5. NAME OF THE FIFTH BLOGATONIC YOU VOTE FOR; his/her postlink = <a href="HIS/HER POST LINK">HIS/HER POST TITLE</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 five 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 or four or five 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  22:30 (IST) on  FRIDAY, October 19, 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 for three of them. 
  • A THOUGHT: Be it Elections or Blog-a-Ton, 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 "marshal@blogaton.in" and "pendownmythought@gmail.com" 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 22:29 on October 19, 2012 and not 22:30 on October 19th.  

Let the best entries win this edition..!
Poetically Yours,
Co-Marshal,
Someone is Special

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Rules and Reminder for Blog-a-Ton 32


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? Spread the word, invite your friends...

Publish the post on 7th OCTOBER, 2012 anytime between 0000 hrs and 2359 hrs (IST)!

Date for Blog-a-Ton : 
7th OCTOBER, 2012

As you already know, the topic for Blog-a-Ton 32 has been finalised as:

AN UNTOLD STORY

Please follow these rules while publishing your post and thereafter:
  • You can choose the title for your post as you wish.
  • You must use the phrase, An Untold Story in your entry. 
  • The post should start with this code. 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 32</b>; the thirty-second 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://blogaton.in/"><b>Blog-a-Ton</b></a>. The theme for the month is 'An Untold Story'
    </blockquote>
    </div>
  • The post should end with the following code. Do replace BLOGGER NAME and XX with the name of the person who introduced you to Blog-a-Ton and your Blog-a-Ton participation count. Just copy the following HTML code and paste to your 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://www.blogaton.in/2012/10/rules-and-reminder-for-blog-ton-32.html"><b>here</b></a>. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following <b><a href="http://blogaton.in/">Blog-a-Ton</a></b>. Introduced By: BLOGGER NAME, Participation Count: XX </blockquote>
    </div>

  • Publish the post on October 7th, 2012 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 - YOUR TITLE</a> 

It will look like this: Someone is Special - I ♥ Blog-a-Ton and will link to your post.

What’s more?

  • The GOLD BATOM winner will be interviewed by Blog-a-Ton!
  • The winners will be featured on Blog-a-Ton Cover Photo!
  • All the participants fan page will be featured with a short intro about their blog here. Kindly, fill the form here
  • 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 will be provided in Rules and Reminder Post! To consider a referral, the Blog-a-Tonics should debut in this edition or they should have participated in only two Blog-a-Ton editions or less than that!

Please follow this rule to ensure easy navigability to your post.
  •  Use your complete name to prevent any confusion and mix up with other bloggers.
  • Remember, you can not post more than ONE entry.  
  • In case you post your link after the stipulated time, then your submission will not be considered for voting. 
  • Return between October 9th 00:00 IST and October 17th 22:30 IST 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. Just enjoy reading the various entries, keeping in mind your favourite but worth-winning ones.

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.
...HAPPY WRITING ...


Looking forward to a read wonderful passionate Blog-a-Ton writers post again!
Poetically Yours,
Co-Marshal,
Someone is Special

Monday, October 1, 2012

In a week, the UNTOLD STORY would be told...!


DATE FOR BLOG-A-TON 32 : OCTOBER 07, 2012

Based on the voting over last one week, we have narrowed down the topic for BAT 32....

TOPIC FOR BLOG-A-TON 32
AN UNTOLD STORY



Megha of Candid Girl! gives us the inspiring suggestion this time around. Thank you.

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? Spread the word, invite your friends...

RULES
  1. You can submit ONLY ONE POST for this event irrespective of the number of blogs you maintain.
  2. You are free to give any title to your entry. 
  3. You must use the phrase, An Untold Story in your entry. 
  4. 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.
  5. Moreover, its upto you; which mood or tone you choose to set it in, i.e. serious, witty, humour, optimistic or whatever that comes to you naturally.
  6. Again, 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 till Saturday 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.

What’s more?

  • The GOLD BATOM winner will be interviewed by Blog-a-Ton!
  • The winners will be featured on Blog-a-Ton Cover Photo!
  • All the participants fan page will be featured with a short intro about their blog here.
  • 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 will be provided in Rules and Reminder Post! To consider a referral, the Blog-a-Tonics should debut in this edition or they should have participated in only two Blog-a-Ton editions or less than that!

And I'm sure you all have ample time to write it, but you'll have to wait till October 7th to post it finally on your blog along with everyone else. Best of luck!

Please write your posts on time (October 7th 00:00:00 – 23:59:59 IST) as the 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 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,
Leo