Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Image for BAT 20 is...

DATE FOR BLOG-A-TON 20 : MAY 7, 2011

Hi friends… Based on the voting over last one week, we have narrowed down to this image for BAT 20....


Window Rain Drops by Eric Alder
Courtesy -

Thanks a lot to Vinay of I Rhyme Without Reason for making this inspiring suggestion.

  1. You can submit ONLY ONE POST for this event irrespective of the number of blogs you maintain.
  2. You have to use this image in your post , get inspired by the image and justify its presence there with your words. You have the freedom to pen down a prose or poem. If it is a prose then it can be simple essay-type, article, dialogue, short story (even 55 Fiction for that matter), or if it is a poem then it can be a Free Style, Sonnet, Villanelle, Shadorma, or any form of poem (PS: The poem should be minimum of 5 lines) or whatever you feel like.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. You are free to give any title to your entry. 
  6. 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 May 7, 2011 to post it on your blog finally along with everyone else.

Please write your posts on time (May 7 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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Welcome Two New Veteran Blog-a-Tonics

When I declared that Blog-a-Ton is going on a break, many hearts were broken as they felt they were too close to be inducted into the List of Veteran Blog-a-Tonics. Though the recent participations do not indicate the same enthusiasm as existed a year ago, for some bloggers Blog-a-Ton remains the favourite blogging event as communicated to me on innumerable times.

Hence, it gives me immense pleasure to induct two new Veteran Blog-a-Tonics to this coveted list who could reach the 10 BAT participation mark thanks to the existing Veterans who came forward to marshal this event in the last two months.

Moreover, one of this new inductee has already taken up the burden and initiated th BAT 20 just a few days back.

Click on their respective names to read all their BAT entries

Someone is Special
  • Debut = BAT 7
  • 11/19 BATs
  • Debut = BAT 10
  • 10/19 BATs

'Someone is Special' has already shared his Blog-a-Ton Experiences with all of us. Looking forward to Amity's experiences, our first non-Indian Veteran Blog-a-Tonic.

Looking forward to a little more enthusiasm this BAT
Blog-a-Tonically Yours

Friday, April 22, 2011

! ~ Blog-A-Ton 20.. It's time to sketch our imagination ~ !

DATE FOR BLOG-A-TON 20 : MAY 7, 2011

Hi friends… Welcome to the 20th edition of Blog-a-Ton. Officially, Thirty-three Blog-a-tonics participated in the second edition of the Blog-a-Ton (Journey). Now we are looking forward for a great support from your end to make this journey a memorable one. Well this month, I, Someone is Special a.k.a SiS substituting as Marshal, Blog-a-Ton. This time we will have a small change in the format, yes we need an image to sketch our imagination, and as always, you are the ones who decide it! It's time for the image suggestion...




Gireesh VOTE - 1

Mohini Puranik



Please vote for existing suggestions..

Please go through the following rules before suggesting or voting

  • We have changed the format ONLY for this BAT.
  • In place of a topic, we will have a common image to write upon.
  • The participants will have to take inspiration from this image and write their posts.
  • Each member can suggest only one image.
  • The image should be inspiring enough so that more and more Blog-a-Tonics can participate.
  • While suggesting provide a direct link to the image.
Use  <a href="IMAGE LINK">YOUR NAME</a> for providing the direct link.
  • Moreover, ensure that there are no copyright issues related to the image. You may also provide the source of the image below your suggestion.
  • If you like any suggestion, VOTE for it (by giving the name of the person who has suggested it) rather than giving a new suggestion.
  • In case you have already suggested an image but find some subsequent suggestion better than yours, you are allowed to vote for it. But this can be done only once.
  • Rather than criticizing the suggestions made by others, kindly give better suggestions.
  • Give your suggestions and votes in the comments section of this post. 
  • PS: I retain the right to discard any suggestion in case if it is found inappropriate.
  • Do not embolden your comment using HTML bold tag.
  • Please keep these points in mind to make my job easier. 

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,
Someone is Special

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

!~ Here is a Veteran Blog-a-Tonic ~!

"Am I a Veteran now?", I can't believe it.. but I am... “How good is this Blogger Label feature?” I am sure it is more than 100% because it always reminds me of my Blog-a-Ton counts and it all started when I met this girl in my office, ‘Nethra’, of Otiose Opinions and I landed on Blog-a-Ton after reading her post, ‘Call it luck’.

I felt the platform was unique, and a place where talent would be highlighted, so I decide to pen down from the next edition. My first take for Blog-a-Ton was a story on “What if I was provided with a topic – What If?”, and Debosmita suggested the theme and I penned the same. The journey then experienced a mission on “Is there an End to the World?” By ‘Time Travelling’, and found a friend ‘Vinay a.ka Leo of I Rhyme Without Reason’.

I didn’t stop instead went in search of a ‘Hidden’ word for ‘FRIENDSHIP + LOVE + CARE’, though I couldn’t find the word I found two more wonderful friends, ‘Scribbling Girl of My Personal Journal’ and ‘adreamygal of Prompted to write’, I should say two gems.

After trying to find the ‘Hidden’ word, I wished to fulfil the wish of a girl and as well as wished to find new friends. In wishing so I found my first critic, 'Vibhuthi of Klishmaklaver', ‘bloggerdost' and my blogging Mom, 'Amity of Dreams Are My Reality', a wonderful wish I should say.

Wishes are sweet when they come true but 'Goodbye' was horrible as I dedicated this post to Neha (my friend Ajay’s Lover), though she is not alive today but she still lives in our heart. Not everyone can be Neha and Ajay, “True Love Never Dies” and Goodbye were never a full stop in case of Ajay and Neha. Also, found a gem, 'Rachana of Humming Today'.

When Goodbye was horrible, she awaited for his ‘Return’ in her womb because her love died in an accident. The return was just a hope but I am sure he did return. My garden of friendship was populated with many new friends with this ‘Return’.

When everything went like ‘sad, sad’, I wished to express my love for Country happily and kept my promise with my love as ‘My Country - My Love - My Promise’. Many reciprocated the Love as friendship and resulted in pearls adding to my treasure.

‘It’s time to celebrate the victory of love as ‘Celebrations’ as the couple celebrated their first diwali in a unique and special way, say a wonderful way as it was appreciated by my readers and I am sure I will do the same in my real life too.

Sweet celebrations mixed with 'mysteries', the coupled experienced a mystery as they met a mystery writer, and it remained as a mystery as none of my readers found it but I unleashed the mysteries of my readers as I got close to them and looked for a 'change', ‘how the world was twenty years before’.

More than the posts I wrote, I found many gems in this 'journey' and it has seen tears after the results of Celebrations, Mystery and Journey, after those moments, the journey of Blog-a-Ton now comes to an end with the journey of Sachin. Happy to be a Veteran...Love you guys a lot, thanks for the support you blessed me these days. Happy Man... Signing off from here...

Sunday, April 10, 2011

And the winners of BAT19 are....

From 34 Entries this time, 16 of you came to vote for your favorite entries. The participation was the same as the first edition of the second season, and I hope that in the next edition to be hosted by another Blog-a-Ton veteran, the number of entrants goes up. 

Thanks to all those who did participate in Blog-a-Ton 19 and made my first time hosting this event very enjoyable with quality posts!

So now coming straightaway to the results of BAT19, here is the list of participants and the cheers they garnered;

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






Shilpa Nair

Congratulations to the trio, and also to Enchanta and Muddassir for giving Shilpa a run for the bronze badge. Aativas had voted at the wrong post by mistake, I've considered this voting as well, since we've had fewer than half of the participants returning to cast votes.

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 19 XPerience!!!

Till the next BAT,
Vinay (Leo)
Blog-a-Ton Marshal for April

Monday, April 4, 2011

Its Voting Time - Who had your favorite Journey?

Voting gets over at 21:00 hrs (IST) on April 10, 2011. Remember, that means time stamp of your comment can be at most 20:59 and not 21:00.

Thirty four blog-a-tonics journeyed with us this time, one earlier than the stipulated date, and hence unable to be considered for the voting as per the stipulations here at Blog-a-Ton.

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,  34 blog-a-tonics participated; 1 of them ahead of the stipulated time, 33 eligible-for-voting posts.

Please follow the following rules while voting.


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  09:00PM (IST) on  April 10, 2011.
  • 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.

Remember, the time stamp of your comment can be at most 20:59 and not 21:00 on April 10.

Yours, the Marshal of April,

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Rules and Reminder for Blog-a-Ton 19

Publish the post on April 3, 2011 anytime between 0000 hrs and 2359 hrs (IST)!

Date for Blog-a-Ton : April 3, 2011

As you already know, the topic for Blog-a-Ton 17 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. Journey. (The Journey or A Journey is acceptable)
    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 19</b>; the nineteenth 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 April 3, 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 - Journey</a> 

It will look like this: Vinay - Journey 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. 
        • From now on, I won't be entertaining any personal requests for the same whatever be the reason.
        • Return between April 4th and April 10th 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