Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Golden Jubilee Edition is here... Let's Celebrate - Topic Suggestion #BlogATon50

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SUNDAY DECEMBER 28, 2014 22:00 IST

Welcome to the Golden Jubilee Edition of Blog-a-Ton!

I’m Sarav a.k.a Someone is Special - The Marshal of Blog-a-Ton. Well, the time is ticking along, and we move to our 50th Blog-a-ton edition, which will be on January 4, 2015.

Let's begin our Special Edition! It is special for all of us, and there is some special surprise waiting for the participants. Watch this space for more clues. Before I proceed further, let’s relive the journey together!

........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!

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.

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 (including me) are now published authors and we can proudly say that Blog-a-Ton helped us a lot! Some write because of BAT, some breathe for BAT, and that’s what Blog-a-Ton is all about!

I love numbers and I’ve been known to cherish stats a lot. So far, in 49 Editions, we have received 1720 Official Entries; that’s an average of 35 entries per edition. We have crowned 132 Blog-a-Tonics so far – 61 GOLD BATOMS, 52 SILVER BATOMS, and 19 BRONZE BATOMS. Our Official Followers count is more than the magical four-digit number and we are more than seven hundred plus member family on Facebook!

Do you want to know more numbers that are magical?

Vinay Leo R of I Rhyme Without Reason has won 14 BATOMS (8 GOLD BATOMS, 5 SILVER BATOMS and 1 BRONZE BATOM) in total and has the most in GOLD and SILVER categories. Shilpa Nair of Servings of Mania and Apala Sengupta of A Message in a Bottle has won 2 BRONZE BATOMS each, the most by any. Vinay Leo R is also the best topic giver for BAT. His topic was selected as BAT TOPIC 12 times. Aativas of Times Change has participated in 42 editions, the most by any. Someone of Special of Few Miles is the most capped (20) Marshal. More stats below…

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The way we usually go about on Blog-a-ton is that we have a call for topics (ONLY ONE WORD) 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 your favorite blog-a-tonics from that edition.

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.

Suggestion a topic now or Vote for a topic of your choice.


  • 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 17, 2014, Wednesday to December 28, 2014 Sunday 21:00 IST.
  • The topic that gets the majority votes will be announced on 28 December 2014, 22:00 IST Sunday as the Blog-a-ton 50 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 7 days to write your post.
  • The Date for Blog-a-ton 50 is January 4, 2014 SUNDAY from 00:00 IST to 23:59 IST.

Looking forward to seeing the old hands back to writing, and new ones joining in.

Keep Writing! Keep Reading! Keep Winning! Keep Celebrating!

Poetically Yours,