Saturday, November 27, 2010

Time to Unfold THE MYSTERY of the Topic and Present to you another VETERAN BATONIC

Date for Blog-a-Ton 17 : December 4, 2010 

With a week to go for the seventeenth marathon of bloggers, here is the time to reveal the topic for the month.

But before that lets welcome the new Blog-a-Tonics who will be running in this marathon with us;
    Hoping to see you all participating in BAT 17. Please provide your bloglinks to stay in touch!!!

    Well, well there is another small break, before I reveal the topic (which obviously you already know thanks to the title of this post), lets welcome a new Inductee to the Veteran Blog-a-Tonics List.

    Shruti Damodar - 10/16 BAT's

    Shruti, who blogs at Hits and Misses participated in BAT for the first time during the second marathon. She is also the GOLD BATOM 14 (tied) and a very dear friend. It gives me a great joy to induct her into the Veteran Blog-a-Tonics List. 

    Hoping to see many more of you in this list soon.

    Now coming back to the topic declaration; on the basis of the voting over last one week, we have narrowed down to the topic for BAT 17.

     Topic for Blog-a-Ton 17 : THE MYSTERY

    Leo once again makes a comeback with the most favoured topic, though it has been tweaked a little upon Brijender's suggestion.

    1. You can submit ONLY ONE POST for this event irrespective of the number of blogs you maintain.
    2. The title of your post should be The Mystery.
    3. You must justify this title 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. If you are having a cartoon blog, photo blog, painting blog etc, even you can participate with your piece of art complementing this title.
    6. 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 on next Friday 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.
    So, you all have ample time to write it but you'll have to wait till Dec 4 to post it finally along with everyone else.

    Please write your posts on time as the late entries will not be allowed to participate in the voting round (though the links will be added to the participants list).

    Wishing you all, a free flow of thoughts
    Blog-a-Tonically yours

    Saturday, November 20, 2010

    Suggest a Topic for Blog-a-Ton 17

    DATE FOR BLOG-A-TON 17 :  DECEMBER 4, 2010

    Hello friends, welcome to the Seventeenth edition of Blog-a-Ton. Lets start this new edition with a hope that the downward trend in the recent editions will be reversed this time.

    This month too we have some new friends who will help us in fulfilling this hope. Lets welcome them before proceeding further
    • Anoop Remesan (Please provide a bloglink to stay in touch)
    • Harikrishna (Please provide a bloglink to stay in touch)
    Looking forward to your participation in this new edition of Blog-a-Ton!!!

    Please go through the following rules before suggesting or voting
    • Each member can suggest only one topic.
    • The topic should be general in scope, so that more and more Blog-a-Tonics can participate.
    • If you like any suggestion, VOTE for it rather than giving a new suggestion.
    • If you like a suggested topic but don't like the wordings, still VOTE for it and alongside suggest a new title for it.
    • In case you have already suggested a topic but find some subsequent suggestion better than yours, you are allowed to vote for it. But this can be done only once.
    • Rather than criticising the suggestions made by others, kindly give better suggestions.
    • 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.
    P.S. I retain the right to discard any suggestion in case I find it similar to some previous Topic of the Month or too narrow in scope.

    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.

    Hoping to receive many inspiring suggestions
     Blog-a-Tonically Yours
    Vipul Grover

    Monday, November 15, 2010

    Finally someone gets the reason to CELEBRATE! The BATOM 16 are...

    In past one month, you celebrated Dussehra, Durga Puja, Karva Chauth, Halloween, Diwali, Bhai Dooj and Children's Day. Now is the time to Celebrate the Blog-a-Ton 16 Results with the BATOMS!!!

    Lets see who all have joined us in this celebration;
    Hoping to see all of you participating with full vigour in the coming weeks!

    Participation might have been low this time but when it came to voting, this Blog-a-Ton had one of the highest polling. I must commend all of you for that.

    So now coming straightaway to the results, here is the list of participants and the cheers they garnered;

    BATOM 16

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







    So its three times in a row for Brijender, two times in a row for Amity and a return for Leo to the top spot. I must also congratulate Kshitij, Md. Muddassir Shah, Cherry Blossom and Pawan for giving a tough competition.

    The BATOMs will soon be mailed their Badge Awards.

    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!

    I Hope You All Had A Great BAT 16 XPerience!!!

    I'll be back soon with Blog-a-Ton 17
    Blog-a-Tonically Yours

    Monday, November 8, 2010

    Vote for the BATOM 16

    Voting gets over at 23:00 hrs (IST) on Nov 15, 2010. Remember, that means time stamp of your comment can be at most 22:59 and not 23:00.

    Well friends, I hope you all had a great Diwali weekend. There weren't just crackers bursting in the lanes outside but also in the virtual lanes of Indian Blogosphere as Facebook was bombarded with first of its kind controversy in the blogosphere. But as they say, show must go on and Blog-a-Ton was once again  conducted and bloggers turned up for the event with full vigor though with much lower numbers. Now its the time to vote for the winner of them all.

    But first, as always, lets welcome the new Blog-a-Tonics;
    • Harish
    • Mingled
    • Priya Sreeram (Please provide a bloglink to stay in touch)
    Hoping to see all of you actively participating in the coming months.

    Click here to check the fellow Blog-a-Tonics who took part in this Blog-a-Ton along with the direct links to their posts.

    In this edition,  43 blog-a-tonics participated.

    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 THE EVENT.

    2. 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 entries. All your votes will carry the same weightage.

    3.  Your Voting Comment should start as follows:

    I vote for - 
    1. XYZ; his/her post = http://ABC/xyz.html
    2. DEF; his/her post = http://LMN/def.html
    3. PQR; his/her post = http://RST/pqr.html

    I participated - <a href="YOUR POST LINK">YOUR POST LINK</a>
    I vote for -

    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 three 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 favourites.
    In case you vote separately, only the first comment will be taken into consideration.

    Now coming to the other rules:
    • Voting ends at  2300 hrs (IST) on  Nov 15, 2010.
    • 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 one of them. 
    The Votes will be discarded without any prior warning in case they are not sufficiently compatible with the rules.

    So, if there is any query about voting, feel free to drop in a mail (marshal[at] I'll try to get back to you asap.

    P.S. Over the next week, you might find the blog temporarily blocked. It might be done for counting of votes. So just be patient and revisit in few minutes.

    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 me a mail with the links to all your posts (or simply label all your BAT entries and send me that single link).

    Remember, the time stamp of your comment can be at most 22:59 and not 23:00 on Nov 15.

    Hoping to see as many voters as participants
    Blog-a-Tonically Yours

    Saturday, November 6, 2010

    Rules and Reminder for Blog-a-Ton 16

    Publish the post on Nov 7, 2010 anytime between 0000 hrs and 2359 hrs (IST)!

    Date for Blog-a-Ton : Nov 7, 2010

    Before I give you the details about posting, lets welcome the new Blog-a-Tonics
    I hope to see all of you participating this time.
    As you already know, the topic for Blog-a-Ton 16 has been finalised as:

    Please follow these rules while publishing your post and thereafter:
    • The title of your post should be the topic itself; i.e. Celebrations.
      Please do not use any alternative title or your post link will be removed.
    • 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;">
      This post has been published by me as a part of the <b>Blog-a-Ton 16</b>; the sixteenth 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=""><b>Blog-a-Ton</b></a>.
    • The post should end with the following code.  Just copy the following HTML code and paste to your post in Edit HTML mode:

      <div style="text-align: justify;">
      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=""><b>here</b></a>. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following <b><a href="">Blog-a-Ton</a></b>.</blockquote>

    • Publish the post on Nov 7, 2010 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 - Celebrations</a> 

    It will look like this: Vipul Grover - XYZ and will link to your post.

    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 on Nov 8 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. Till then just enjoy reading the various entries, keeping in mind your favourite 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.

            Looking forward to some great posts
            Blog-a-Tonically Yours