Blog-a-Tonics

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The topic for Blog-a-Ton 47 is...

The topic for Blog-a-Ton 47 is "silence must be heard", suggested by CRD. There was a tie between four topics, I, as a Marshal of Blog-a-Ton, voted for "silence must be heard".

DATE for BLOG-a-TON 47: June 08, 2014
TOPIC for BLOG-a-TON 47: silence must be heard

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 47 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 use the phrase, "silence must be heard" in your entry. 
  • 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 47 voting time.
  • The other rules (viz. header & footer to put in your post, the way to submit it on June 08, 2014 etc.) will be conveyed to you on June 7, 2014 02:00 PM IST. 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 47 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 June 08, 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 June 08, 2014 for Blog-a-ton 47!!

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,
Marshal,

Friday, May 23, 2014

Blog-a-ton 47 - Topic Suggestion

DATE OF BLOG-A-TON 47 : SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
TOPIC DECLARATION:
SATURDAY MY 31, 2014 22:00 IST
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Welcome to a new edition of Blog-a-Ton. 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 47th Blog-a-ton edition, which will be on June 8, 2014. Looking forward to seeing the old hands back to writing, and new ones joining in.



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 (this time the event falls on Second 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.

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


Topic
throw me a bone
walking in the rain
sealed with a kiss
be careful what you wish for
silence must be heard
life is not kind to everyone
life won't wait
SUGGESTION OPEN

  • 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 May 23, 2014, Friday to May 31, 2014 Saturday 21:00 IST.
  • The topic that gets the majority votes will be announced on 31st May 2014, 22:00 IST Saturday as the Blog-a-ton 47 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 47 is June 8, 2014 SUNDAY from 00:00 IST to 23:59 IST.

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

Poetically Yours,
Marshal,

Friday, May 16, 2014

Thank you BAT - My BAT experience and its outcome :)

3 years back, this would have never crossed my mind that one day I would be writing this post, not even in my weirdest dream. If somebody would have asked then whether I ever think of writing a story or blogging. First, I would have laughed at him, then by squeezing my eyebrows I would have replied, “I don’t know how to write a leave application.”  I mean I was a person who would have written, ‘Dear Sir, because my headache is spinning and because of that fever is suffering, please declare one day holiday.’ Well that was an exaggeration, a little bit though. I mean, I would have never said fever is suffering.

Yes that was me. Today after three years, when I look back, I find myself amazed. Really it has been an exciting journey. There are many factors who contributed to this transformation and among all these factors I rate BAT as among the top contributor.

When I started blogging, I knew from the day one that I won’t be able to dedicate the time required to post regularly. I can speak on any topic but as far as writing is concerned I cannot write on any topic. I have stories to tell, but you cannot write one story every day, at least I cannot do that. And if I don’t post regularly I won’t get the traffic. Yes, there are many forums where you can publicise your blog posts. People vote for your posts as well, but do they actually read your post, I am not very sure.


Here comes BAT, which is different. Here at least you know that people read your stories and you can also find out if they liked it or not. It also gives an opportunity to read various perspectives on the same topic which ultimately becomes a learning platform. BAT has helped me tremendously to improve my writing. It helped me to give a shape to my pedestrian English. Out of the 10 entries till date I have won three batoms, each of them (Gold, Silver and Bronze) once.  I thank BAT for everything it has done for me. Thanks to Marshals and more specifically Sarav, for organising this month on month.  I thank all of you who have read my stories and appreciated it. 



Because of your love and appreciation, I could publish my book, “Sorry… Again??? – Can he purge his sins?” The eBook is live on Amazon, and it is available for free for three days starting from 15th May-12 noon to 17th May-12 noon.I would be thankful and gratified, if you read this book and blog your views. 


You can download this book from here : Amazon.in (its free free free for three days :))

You can view the details of the book from its Goodreads page from here: goodreads.com (I am on top of the world with the feedback I am getting :))

Don't forget to like its Facebook page as well: Sorry.Again

Sid is the inevitable effect of what a small town upbringing brings to the city life. A self-confessed “unromantic”, somewhere in his simple exterior lies a weak preacher, whose yardsticks of life change radically when the unpredictability of life starts experimenting with him. 

Anushka, armed with her unselfconscious beauty and poisons imbued into her life, has declared war on the world of men from a young age.

Their romance, even after her protest, is ignited by a train robbery that becomes unforgettable for reasons other than the robbery, catches the warmth because of an adolescent romance that reaches consummation, but remains within the periphery because of a live-in relationship that is on the verge of break-up. 

They fall in love, but somebody is not happy with their relationship. Sid is threatened. Will he rise above his fear this time?

Thanking all of you once again and awaiting your feedback/reviews. I wish my association with BAT continues as always.

Monday, May 12, 2014

BAT 46 Winners are

Nineteen entrants and from them, nine returned to vote for their favorites. 15 out of 19 entrants garnered at least one vote, which is good to see. Hopefully, in next edition, both the no. of entrants as well as no. of voters will increase. I thank all of you for participating in this edition.

The results of Blog-a-Ton 46, 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

Someone is Special

Ashish Rathore

Leo


Congratulations to the well deserved winners (Someone is Special, Ashish Rathore and Leo). Namrata and Sulaiman deserve a big congratulations as well for penning down a fantastic post.

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

aativas39
Someone is Special29
Leo28

Please visit Blog-a-Ton 2.0 for more info. See you soon in next edition!!! 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", and "pendownmythought@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,
Marshal,
~ Someone is Special ~

Monday, May 5, 2014

Vote for your BAT46 Favorites

Voting ends at 23:59 hrs (IST) on MAY 11, 2014. Remember, that means time stamp of your comment can be at most 23:59 and not 00:00 on May 12, 2014.

The curtain closes on a wonderful edition of Blog-a-ton, the 46th one. We had 19 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 19 blog-a-tonics enter in this edition within the stipulated time. Only those 19 Blog-a-Tonics are eligible for voting. So feel free to vote for your B-A-T 46 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 PER OUR RULES LISTED IN 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 46 Entry Is Here: BLOGATON46 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 "BLOGATON46 ENTRY LINK" by the direct link to your BAT46 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 BAT46 Entry. Votes NOT IN THIS FORMAT will not be accepted.

For eg: A valid vote can look like this:

I, Vipul, participated.

My Blogaton entry is here: http://vipulgrover.blogspot.com/2010/08/goodbye.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. Karthik : http://unalloyedwritingpleasure.blogspot.com/2010/08/goodbye.html



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  23:59 (IST) on  SUNDAY, May 11, 2014.
  • 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 Gerneral 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 or 25??? Then you are eligible to be included into the List of Veteran Blog-a-Tonics.  Just drop a mail to "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 23:59 on MAY 11, 2014 and not 00:00 on May 12, 2014.  


May the best entries in this edition win..!
Poetically Yours,
Marshal,
Sarav

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Rules and Reminder for Blog-a-ton 46


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


Publish the post anytime between 0000 hrs and 23:59 hrs on MAY 04, 2014 (IST)!


Date for Blog-a-Ton 46 :  May 04, 2014

As you already know, the topic for Blog-a-Ton 46 has been finalised as: The Page Will Turn


Please follow these rules while publishing your post and thereafter:
  • You can choose the title for your post as you wish.
  • Your post must justify the topicThe Page Will Turn
  • 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 46</b>; the forty-sixth 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>.
    </blockquote>
    </div>
  • The post should end with the following code. Just copy the following HTML code and paste to your post in Edit HTML mode and replace XX with your Blog-a-Ton participation count:

    <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/2014/05/blogaton46.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>. Participation Count: XX</blockquote>
    </div>

  • Publish the post on MAY 04, 2014 anytime between 0000 hrs and 23:59 hrs (Indian Standard Time)
  • Use the following code to provide direct link to your post.
<a href="DIRECT LINK TO YOUR POST">YOUR NAME - YOUR TITLE</a> 

It will look like this: Someone is Special - Welcome to Blog-a-ton! and will link to your post.

What’s more?
  • The winners will be featured on Blog-a-Ton Cover Photo!

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 May 5th 20:00 IST and May 11th 20:00 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,
Marshal,
~ Someone is Special ~