Blogging Marathon # 18 - 3 Day Marathon for 4 weeks!

>>  Saturday, June 16, 2012

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This is the 18th edition of Blogging Marathon. Before going into the details, a small intro on how bloggers are accepted to the group.

While all along, the thought and idea behind Blogging Marathon has always been to support all types of bloggers, be a month old or have been blogging over couple of years, we have now reached a stage where it has become important that we take up bloggers who have the passion and dedication to justify the readers time. It becomes very important to make sure each blogger who signs up, show a certain level of maturity, dedication and in general, being conscious of the reader's time. So towards that, it is decided that the group has some entry criteria in place. Each blog will scrutinized to make sure it fits the requirement before being accepted for the marathon.

There is no rule in BM that says one should write prose from English literature or take pictures that will fit a glossy magazine. However a certain degree of these are required to make a good read, which your readers will appreciate and will make them loyal readers.

Towards this, it is mandatory that when you sign up, you decide to spend valuable time being part of the group. That also means, no hasty and hurried posts, no posts that looks like last minute dished out recipes with blurry pictures that may be from nowhere. Your posts should have a mandatory picture of the dish published. Sticking to a reasonable time frame of posting as per the rules of the marathon is expected. Though I am quite lenient towards this, one has to understand and accept that by being part of this group, there will be other members who will want to read their posts.

In lieu of this, it is decided that if any blogger does not post more than two days in a row, will not be qualified for the next edition. 

This is mostly because the themes are announced at least 10 days ahead and everybody have enough time to decide and take up themes and be prepared.

In addition to this, each theme is also restricted to only four bloggers on first come first bases. If you are selecting a theme that's already picked up, you will have to select another theme. If more bloggers sign up, a case by case decision will be taken. This is to make sure we don't have 10 bloggers doing the same theme where it does become very monotonous.

I have been proud of the way BM has paved way to build a great community. The group makes sure we read and support each other. If you have been following us, then you know that not only do we support the other blogger by reading and commenting, we also have private discussions which is an open forum. Being part of this group means, you got to actively take part in the discussions and to read the other participating blogger posts. If you are not ready for this, then this is not for you.

I have created a separate page for Blogging Marathon. Once I get all details I will be updating this page. Bloggers taking part in this marathon need to just link back to this page.

So coming to the change that is proposed, I realized it was time for some changes in Blogging Marathon. Though BM gets us blogging to post non stop for 14 long days, sometimes the blog is inactive during other weeks of the month. When I put this across to the group, many felt the same. So I decided it was time to try a new pattern and change in schedule.

So this is what I came up with. We will be having 3 non stop blogging each week. So instead of two weeks of BM, we will now have 4 weeks of BM with only 3 days of posting.

The dates are going to be fixed as well to make it easy for us to work around.

Every month it's going to be held on these dates
3,4,5
10,11,12
17,18,19
24,25,26

The above dates are fixed and constant going forward.

BM rules will not change, in terms of visiting and commenting our fellow runners as that's what makes it all interesting.

Each blogger will have to sign up for at least 2 weeks. It can be any two weeks, it can be two consecutive or alternate weeks. 

Each month there will be 7 themes, same theme can't be taken twice. So it means when you sign up for 4 weeks, you will be posting 4 different themes with 3 posts each.

Each month I will have some special concession for folks who sign up for 3 or 4 weeks. It is applicable only for them. Folks who do 1 or 2 weeks will not have this special feature.

The entry is again by Sign ups and each theme will again have only 4 bloggers on first come first basis. 

And because of the new rules I will not be able to accept late sign ups as it will become extremely hard for me to manage otherwise. If you feel you want to do it, please decide ahead, else you can join later.

Commenting on the week blogger's post is mandatory.

And subscription to the group will be monthly basis. 

If you want to know how the Blogging Marathon started, read the first edition

So the 18th edition will 
3, 4, 5 July
10, 11, 12 July
17, 18, 19 July
24, 25, 26 July

Please email me at spicingyourlife@gmail.com latest by 23rd June along with your theme.

FYI:  Requests to join after 23rd June will not be accepted.

Mandatory rules for this Blogging Marathon are as below:
  • Will have to post on all 3 days with 2 weeks without fail
  • Should take up 2 weeks of BM without fail. It can be any two weeks.
  • Should follow the accepted theme all 3 days, meaning if you choose one topic like Rice, you should post all rice based recipes all 3 days.
  • Should link to the Blogging Marathon page.
  • Is expected to actively give feedback on others post.
Each theme can be selected by four bloggers on first come first bases. 

Other rules will be mailed to the individuals.

Themes for BM #18 will be the following:

Since having this theme is to make sure my Kid's Delight event gets good entries, I thought it makes sense to have two themes based on the hosting time.

Kid's Delight - Evening snacks/tiffin (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)
Kid's Delight - Warm foods to beat the rain (17,18,19 and 24,25,26)
Kid's Delight - Evening Snacks/Tiffin (3,4,5 & 10,11,12)

When it's vacation time, it becomes very important to have ideas for snacks / tiffins for kids during the evening. So you are welcome to make snacks or tiffins that can be served for kids during the vacation time. 

Please make sure you follow the instructions. And serve only those light tiffin dishes or snack items that a kid will be delighted to have. The dish can be either sweet or savory.

If you want to do Kid's delight for the first two weeks, then you will have to make Evening Snacks/ Tiffins and send it to Vardhini Koushik.

Kid's Delight - Warm foods to beat the rain (17,18,19 & 24,25,26)


Else if you plan to take part in Week 3 & 4, then you are best to make some delicious warm dishes to beat the rain!. While we have had food to chill the summer, this edition asks you to make those dishes that warm up for Rain. So make any dish that any kid would love to eat during rains, it can be a warm soup, an interesting snack, anything that makes it great to watch the rain and enjoy!

July Edition of Kid's Delight, starting from 16th will be hosted by Pradnya

Indian Basics

As the name says, this is anything that's basic in making. Like all those spice powders, whole spice mixes, ground pastes etc. This can only have those ingredients that are used for seasoning/ tempering. Not like in Spice powder that are also called as Gun powders, that's mixed and consumed. The spice powders can be something that enhances or gives taste but not the complete dish in itself.

Stuffed Dishes

Stuffed dishes can have anything that's stuffed and cooked. It can be sweet, savory, main course, breads. Anything with something stuffed within! Again the same type is not allowed. Meaning you can't make only stuffed parathas for all 3 days. You can add these stuffed things in a gravy, sweet or main course.

Biryani/Pulao

We all love one pot meal. And Indian cuisine is rich with so many varieties that we can make in terms of Biryanis, Pulaos and Mixed Rice varieties. So for this edition, please make a complete rice based dish that can be tagged as Biryani or a pulao or any of those innumerable mixed rice varieties. Curd Rice can't be tagged as mixed rice. You can't mix in pre cooked mixed and post. If you have cooked the masala or spice powder, it's all accepted. it can't be made with ready made powders like Tamarind rice mix etc.

Dry Vegetable Sautes / Sides

This can have any Vegetables made dry and served with a meal. This can't be the only serving dish but rather an accompaniment to the main course. Will be the Vepudus, thorans, Poriyals. And as I said it can't be liquid, only dry sautes.

Simple cake decoration ideas

Share your cake decoration ideas, you can show step by step or method to make frosting, fondant and just about anything that can be decorated over a cake.

Deep fried snacks made healthy by baking or steaming

Another interesting theme that makes you cook healthy dish. Make your typically deep fried dish into a low cal, healthy baked or steamed dish. Like making a Meddu vada in a Kuzhi paniyaram pan by not deep frying it. Your deep fried chips baked for a low cal recipe. I am sure if you think hard you can come up with various dishes that can be baked or steamed

Special Theme - Do three weeks and for the 4th week you get to do a combo of themes.

This is accepted only for the 4th week and you can pick up 3 themes to do one per day.

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Please spread the details if you want your friends to be part of this marathon.

Let's gear up for another non stop blogging!


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