Blog-a-Tonics

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The topic for Blog-a-Ton 45 is...

There was a tie between two topics: "The Night after the storm", "Back to Square One". I, as a Marshal of Blog-a-Ton, voted for my favorite topic. The topic for Blog-a-Ton 45 is "The Night after the storm", suggested by Amit (Gold BATOM of BAT 44)

DATE for BLOG-a-TON 45: JANUARY 05, 2014
TOPIC for BLOG-a-TON 45: The Night after the storm

Our dream is to have a hundred participants come in one day and take part in an edition of Blog-a-ton. Let's hope that at least we can achieve half of it in this edition! Thanks for the support as always.

The rules for Blog-a-ton 45 are:

  • You can SUBMIT ONLY ONE POST irrespective of the number of blogs that you have.
  • You can give your post any title that you wish to.
  • You must justify this theme with your post. You can do it with any type of post (i.e. Poetry, Fiction, 55 fiction, dialogue, Essay... etc). You can also choose to make it serious, humorous, tragic, romantic... whatever setting you'd love to give.
  • You can write in any language as well, but since most Blog-a-tonics would prefer English as their language of communication, we'd suggest that too, so your post reaches a wider audience, and help you when it comes to Blog-a-ton 45 voting time.
  • The other rules (viz. header & footer to put in your post, the way to submit it on January 5, 2014 etc.) will be conveyed to you on January 4, 2014. So kindly wait for that notification then 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.

The winners of Blog-a-ton 45 will be featured on the Blog-a-ton Facebook Page cover photograph.

You have plenty of time to write your post but please publish the post only on January 5, 2014 and not before. The aim of Blog-a-ton is to have many people posting on the same theme on the same day, and that day is January 5, 2014 for Blog-a-ton 45!!

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,

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Blog-a-ton 45 - Topic Suggestion

DATE OF BLOG-A-TON 45 : SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 2014 (HAPPY NEW YEAR!!)
TOPIC DECLARATION:
SATURDAY DECEMBER 28, 2013 22:00 IST
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Welcome to first edition of 2014. We are doing great. We hope the same from you. I’m Sarav a.k.a Someone is Special - The Marshal of Blog-a-Ton. Well, time is ticking along, and we move to our 45th Blog-a-ton edition, which will be on January 5, 2014. Looking forward to seeing the old hands back to writing, and new ones joining in.

Wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



The way we usually go about on Blog-a-ton is that we have a call for topics (THREE TO EIGHT WORDS) and then by voting, we decide on one of the topics as the topic for the month. After that, we give you a week’s time to write your post justifying the theme (TOPIC SELECTED) with a complementary post. Then, on the first Sunday of the succeeding month, you will publish the post on your blog, with our preset header and footer and come to Blog-a-ton and link your post in a comment. The week after the Blog-a-ton day will be for voting for 5 of your favorite blog-a-tonics from the edition.

It’s a one-day event each month, our dream is to get 100 participants in one edition, and our motto is to help writers to write better.



We will be having the secret ballot in this edition.

What you have to do is suggest the topics. Moderation is enabled, and I'll select the first eight topics that come. And we begin voting on that. If I find any topic to be inappropriate, or similar to that of a previous edition, that'll not come into the voting list.

This time we present you the topics from BAT 44 winners, and two others. Vote now!

New suggestions are now closed. Please vote for any one of the SIX topics below!


Topic
Life is as you make it
The power of VISION
Back to square one
The night after the storm
White as snow
A New Leaf

  • You can vote for any one topic.
  • If you wish to change your vote later and support another topic, you can do so during the voting time-frame. But you are allowed only one change-of-vote. I’ll consider only the second vote in that instance.
  • The voting period is from December 21, 2013 Saturday to December 28, 2013 Saturday 21:00 IST.
  • The topic that gets the majority votes will be announced on 28th December 2013, Friday as the Blog-a-ton 45 topic. In case two or more topics are tied at the end of voting, my vote as Marshal vote will decide. This time, we are giving you 8 days to write your post.
  • The Date for Blog-a-ton 45 is January 5, 2014 SUNDAY from 00:00 IST to 23:59 IST.

Looking forward to a wonderful Blog-a-ton once again…

Poetically Yours,
Co-Marshal,

Monday, December 16, 2013

My B A T experience

Here, I, welcome our new BAT Veteran, Thewhitescape to share her BAT experience. (Since Thewhitescape is facing problems in posting on Blog-a-Ton, I am posting on her behalf.)

I started blogging in July 2012. During very beginning of my blogging I didn’t have any idea of what I could post in my blog. It was one of my friends, who forced me into blogging.

Later, I visited some blogs and planned to shape my blog in similar way. I started to Google for blogging activities and this is how I came across Blog-a-ton in November 2012.

My first BAT participation was in December 2012 and the very first challenge bought 5 followers to my blog. This was amazing. This helped me to shape my blog. I have really benefitted a lot by participating in Blog-a-ton. I have made many followers through it, who now visit my blog regularly to be updated about my new posts and other content which I post in my blog almost daily. I hosted creative writing contest and many of them participated who say came to know about my blog after reading my monthly entry in Blog-a-ton.

Monthly BAT challenges encourages to me write with more interest. Ever since I started linking those posts with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google plus, it helped me to flow information to those friends who are regular visitor of these social sites. . A few of my other friends who were not aware of Blog-a-ton, said that they participated in some of the months after getting information from my blog via these above medium.

BAT challenge every month has improved my writing skill and creative ideas have become more.

I initiated blogging from zero i.e. without any idea about such writing platforms and etc, but now, blogging is being my passion and participating in such content based challenges has been the best thing happened to me after I started my blog and I can’t stop blogging for my whole life.

It’s truly wonderful to be now a part of BAT’s Veteran blogger category and I really wish to be part of 25 or more editions to be included in list of Super Veteran Blog-a-Tonics and next to be a part of 50 or more editions to be crowned as Queen of Blog-a-Tonics.

Wholehearted appreciation and thank you to Founder Marshal Vipul Grover, Leo and Sarav .

Thank you,
Thewhitescape

Sunday, December 8, 2013

BAT 44 Winners are

Eighteen entrants and from them, nine returned to vote for their favorites. 13 out of 18 entrants garnered at least one vote, which is good to see. Hopefully, in the new year edition, both the no. of entrants as well as no. of voters will increase. I thank all who participated in this edition from the bottom of my heart.

The results of Blog-a-Ton 44, here is the list of participants and the cheers they garnered:


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

GOLD BATOM

SILVER BATOM

SILVER BATOM

Amit

Nandini Garg

Panchali


Congratulations to the well deserved winners (Amit, Nandini Garg, and Panchali). Megha and TheFactFiction who were close till the last minute, and had Panchali voted before the deadline, you guys would have made it to the list :) Congratulations to Megha and TheFactFiction for giving a tough competition.

Winners can drop an email to any or all 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

aativas37
Someone is Special27
Leo26

Stay tuned for BAT 45 which is set to begin soon! I wish the number of participants increase.

A Reminder - Have your number of participation reached 10 or 25??? Then you are eligible to be included into the List of Veteran or Super Veteran Blog-a-Tonics.  Just drop a mail to "marshal@blogaton.in", "pendownmythought@gmail.com" and "leonnyes@gmail.com" with the links to all your posts (or simply label all your BAT entries and send Marshal that single link).

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

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Vote for your BAT44 Favorites

Voting ends at 22:00 hrs (IST) on Dec 08, 2013. Remember, that means time stamp of your comment can be at most 21:59 and not 22:00.

The curtain closes on a wonderful edition of Blog-a-ton, the 44th one. We had 18 entries this time. 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 18 blog-a-tonics enter in this edition within the stipulated time. Only those 18 Blog-a-Tonics are eligible for voting. So feel free to vote for your B-A-T 44 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. AS INTIMATED IN THE BLOGATON 2.0 ANNOUNCEMENT, THE NUMBER OF VOTES IS NOW DETERMINED BY THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES. WITH LESS THAN 25 ENTRIES THIS TIME, THE VOTES ALSO REDUCE. In this edition, 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. All your votes will carry the same weightage.

3.  Your Voting Comment should be as follows:





I, BLOGGER NAME, participated.
My Blog-a-ton 44 Entry Is Here: BLOGATON38 ENTRY LINK

I vote for:

1. BLOGATONIC 1 NAME: His/her entry is here: BLOGATONIC 1 ENTRY LINK
2. BLOGATONIC 2 NAME: His/her entry is here: BLOGATONIC 2 ENTRY LINK
3. BLOGATONIC 3 NAME: His/her entry is here: BLOGATONIC 3 ENTRY LINK


The voting format has been simplified for assisting you. Replace "BLOGGER NAME" by your name, and "BLOGATON44 ENTRY LINK" by the direct link to your BAT44 Entry. Likewise, for the votes, replace "BLOGATONIC 1 NAME" by the name of the entrant (as used in his/her participation entry) and "BLOGATONIC 1 ENTRY LINK" by the direct link to that blogatonic's BAT44 Entry. Votes NOT IN THIS FORMAT will not be accepted.

For eg: A valid vote can look like this:

I, Aativas, participated.

My Blogaton entry is here: http://thistimethattime.blogspot.in/2013/01/188-fear.html

I vote for the following:
1. Panchali: http://panchalibolchi.blogspot.in/2013/01/land-on-fire.html
2. Dilip Patel: http://indiaicaremovement.blogspot.in/2013/01/deaf-world.html
3. Leo : http://artofleo.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/when-a-rose-was-born/






4. 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.

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

6. 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  22:00 (IST) on  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 08, 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 "leonnyes@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 21:59 on Dec 08, 2013 and not 22:00 on Dec 08, 2013.  


May the best entries in this edition win..!
Poetically Yours,
Co-Marshal,
~ Leo ~