Blog-a-Tonics

Monday, January 28, 2013

And then there is none, er... I mean Blog-a-Ton 36!


DATE FOR BLOG-A-TON 36 : FEBRUARY 03, 2013

Based on the voting over last one week, we have narrowed down the topic for BAT 36....




TOPIC FOR BLOG-A-TON 36
"and then there were none"



Chips from a Life of Asteria's Canvass...! 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 New Year 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, "and then there were none" 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 winners will be featured on Blog-a-Ton Cover Photo!

And I'm sure you all have ample time to write it, but you'll have to wait till February 3rd to post it finally on your blog along with everyone else. Best of luck!

Please write your posts on time (February 3rd 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


Monday, January 21, 2013

(: Blog-a-Ton 36 - Topic Discussion :)


Once again congratulations to all the BATOMS of Blog-a-Ton 35.

A new Blog-a-ton, and a Marshal Change. While Sarav goes on vacation, I'm taking over (for awhile) :P Welcome :)

DATE OF BLOG-A-TON 36 : SUNDAY, 3rd FEBRUARY 2013!

TOPIC DECLARATION:
MONDAY, 28th JANUARY 2013, 09:00 PM IST
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Now TWEET using the hashtag #Blogaton

Topics Votes
Loves me, loves me not Leo, Apala, Richi, Panchali, Ayushi, Prasanna
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken Menachery, S.Saini
Just a day for love Sweta
Where are you? Satyarekha
Another mail from him/her The Little Princess, Viva_Andya
The one I loved the most was you Whitescape, Kappu
I love you so much that it hurtsNiveditha
...but I love youBhavana
is this your final answer?Megha, Neeta
and then there were noneChips, Rajkiran, Harshal, Skull, Ritesh, Raja, Antara



Please go through the following rules before suggesting or voting

  • In place of a general topic, we will have a phrase (3 - 8 words at the max), say for eg., "Life is a roller coaster ride!" or "Love makes life beautiful!" or any to write upon.
  • The participants will have to take inspiration from the phrase and write their posts including the same.
  • Each member can suggest only one suggestion.
  • The suggestion should be inspiring enough so that more and more Blog-a-Tonics can participate.
  • 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 one but find some subsequent suggestion better than yours, you are allowed to vote for it. But this can be done only once.
  • Don't criticize another's suggestion if you do not like it, kindly give a better suggestion..
  • 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.

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 ~



Monday, January 14, 2013

Blog-a-Ton 35 Results: The WiNNeRs are...

I thank everyone for participating in this edition and making this edition a success. It was exciting, fun and happy to read 40 entrants. Out of the 40 entrants, 19 of you returned to cast your votes, and in total 66 cheers to decide 3 winners. Also, 25 participants have garnered at least one cheer under their name. Way to go.. Congrats!

The results of Blog-a-Ton 35, 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

SILVER BATOM

SILVER BATOM

Suresh C

Leo

Meenakshi Malhotra



Congratulations to the well deserved winners (Suresh, Leo and Meenakshi). Guria, Prasanna and Tan who were close till the last minute of voting. 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. 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!


The Top Three contributors are

aativas30
Someone is Special23
Leo23

Stay tuned for BAT 36 which is set to begin soon and Leo will Marshal :)!

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).

HAPPY PONGAL!!!
Marriage Invite
Dear Blog-a-Tonics,

With immense pleasure, I would like to invite you to share my happiness as I tie the pious string of marriage with Vidhya. We would be greatly honored by your presence at our wedding, which is on Jan 18, 2013 and the venue will be our hometown Chennai in Tamil Nadu State. We would like you to join us on Jan 17, 2013 for our reception.

Please visit our website for more info: Sarav-vidhyA

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

Monday, January 7, 2013

...in search of the silent winner - Blog-a-Ton 35 - Get Ready

Voting ends at 22:30 hrs (IST) on JANUARY 13, 2013. 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 35th one. The number of entrants this time is 40. 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 40 blog-a-tonics enter in this edition within the stipulated time. Only those 40 Blog-a-Tonics are eligible for voting. So feel free to vote for your B-A-T 35 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 THREE 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:


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  SUNDAY, January 13, 2013.
  • 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 January 13, 2013 and not 22:30 on January 13, 2013.  

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

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Rules and Reminder for Blog-a-Ton 35


The dream is having 100 entrants in a single edition! Can we make it possible in this New Year edition? Can we read 100 entrants this time? Spread the word, invite your friends...

Publish the post on 6th JANUARY, 2013 anytime between 0000 hrs and 2359 hrs (IST)!

Date for Blog-a-Ton : 
6th January, 2013

As you already know, the topic for Blog-a-Ton 35 has been finalised as:

"...and the world was silent again"

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, "...and the world was silent again" 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 35</b>; the thirty-fifth 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 "...and the world was silent again"
    </blockquote>
    </div>
  • The post should end with the following code. If your participation count is less than or equal to three, then 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. If it is more than three, then just update the 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/2013/01/rules-and-reminder-for-blog-ton-35.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 January 6, 2013 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 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 January 7th 07:30 IST and January 13th 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