Blogging Marathon # 108 – 3 Day Marathon for 4 weeks!

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This is going to be an announcement for January 2019. The new year is here and we have so much to plan for!  As I have already mentioned I planned some interesting themes from next year, so here’s are the details finally!

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Do you want to join the Blogging Marathon Group? Read the FAQs

Can I join the Blogging Marathon Group
Yes, if you have been blogging for at least the last 6 months.

Do you have different Blogging Marathon types?
Yes, we have a regular BM, which is 4 weeks of 3 consecutive days each

2 Mega BMs during April and Sep, running for 30 days nonstop.

When is the Regular BM signup announcement made?
On the 1st of each month for the upcoming month.

How many weeks should I do the minimum?
Mandatory 2 weeks for all participants.

What is the entry for BM?
The entry is by Sign ups. Once the announcement is made, the blogger must email me with their theme choice.

How many bloggers per theme?
Each theme will have only 4 bloggers, on a first come first basis.

Ok, I join in, what I am supposed to do with the posts?
You should tag/label your posts with “Blogging Marathon”
Insert the code that will be given to you.

What else is expected to be part of this group?
The weeks you are doing BM, you will have read your fellow participating blogger’s post and leave a meaningful comment. One word or One liner comments are not accepted.

I have joined the group, how long will my subscription valid?
BM subscription is only for a month. If you are not doing every month, you will be unsubscribed from the group.

I have picked up the themes, what to do next?
Cook, click and post on your blog on the BM dates. However, your recipes should follow the theme conditions, please read the fine lines. Each theme will come with its clauses. No theme is straightforward unless it is straightforward!

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Before going into the new themes, here are the links to some of the BM related pages.

From 2017 BM details can be found on the Blogging Marathon Page.

If you want to check out older BM details, check the BM Archives

If you are new and want to join us, check out the BM Guidelines and Rules

Since we have a month to prepare, please avoid doing last minute posting, prepare ahead and schedule, which should give you enough time to read the fellow participating blogger’s post in leisure.

For details on BM held every month, check out the Blogging Marathon page.

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

So the dates will be:
3, 4, 5 Jan
10, 11, 12 Jan
17, 18, 19 Jan
24, 25, 26 Jan

If you want to sign up, please email me at spicingyourlife@gmail.com latest by 08th Dec along with your themes.

FYI: Requests to join after 08th Dec will not be accepted.

Mandatory rules for this Blogging Marathon are as below:

  • Should take up 2 weeks of BM without fail. It can be any two weeks.
  • Will have to post on all 3 days with 2 weeks without fail
  • You cannot take the same themes, except for the different Kid’s Delight theme.
  • 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.
  • Mandatory reading and commenting on the fellow participating member

Each theme can be selected by four bloggers on a first come first basis.

Other rules will be mailed to the individuals.

Themes for BM#108 will be the following:

Kid’s Delight theme ensures my Kid’s Delight event, guest hosted by other bloggers gets good entries. Since the event is 16th – 15th every month, we have two different themes happening for BM in a month. And you have the choice of doing two different themes.

Kid’s Delight – Easy Breakfast Ideas (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)
Kid’s Delight – Quick n Easy Lunch Box Rice Dishes (17,18,19 and 24,25,26)

For the first time, we have the same hostess hosting two months in a stretch ..Yes PJ signed up for Dec and Jan as well!.

Please note all entries for Kid’s Delight theme have to be kid approved. The dish can be either approved by your own kid, your young relatives, neighbors or even something that you enjoyed as a kid. Do remember to mention the age group of the kid, so that it becomes easy for others.

Kid’s Delight – Easy Breakfast Ideas (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)

The 1st and 2nd week of Jan will be hosted by PJ themed on “Easy Breakfast Ideas”. She will be announcing the event on her blog on the 15th of Dec.

Kid’s Delight – Quick n Easy Lunch Box Rice Dishes (17,18,19 and 24,25,26)

The 3rd and 4th week of Jan will be hosted by PJ themed on “Quick n Easy Lunch Box Rice Dishes”. She will be announcing the event on her blog on the 15th of Jan.

A to Z Series

From Jan 2020 and through the whole year, we are going to have the A to Z Series for the regular BM theme:
The schedule is as below.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
a b cdefg h ij klm nop q rs t uv w xyz

So you can pick any particular category and blog with that alphabet starting from Jan until Nov.

So for example, if you pick A to Z Indian Sweets, for Jan you will be sharing Athirasam, Besan Ladoo, Churma, etc.

What category or theme you pick is your choice. However, this is beneficial if you blog from Jan without a break from Jan.

If you join in Jun, then on your choice, you will have to post dishes with M N O.

Points to remember:

One cant choose the alphabet. The alphabets are fixed. So if you do March you will have to do the alphabet chosen for that month.
The theme is the choice of the blogger
The theme we pick is going to be for the entire series. Say you do Jan, skip Feb and join back in March. In Jan you pick protein rich for A-Z series and in March you will have to stick to protein rich and do the alphabets assigned for that month.

All that can be in Rounds!

This is with any cuisine, any course, only the food has to be in round shape, can be a sweet, savory or rice dish whatever. Meaning you can make a Meatball spaghetti as well or it can be a sweet that’s round in shape like Ladoo!

Street Food Special

This is again with any cuisine, any country! It has to be that you feature a popular street food.

New Year Challenge

Challenge yourself with those dishes that you always wanted to make but was procrastinating. So do a challenge and we will love it!

Sankranti Special/ Any Festival Food

You can feature any special Sankranti special food or any other special festival or occasion related food.

Pick one State and do the different sub-regions from the picked state.

So you pick Tamil Nadu, you can feature each day from food from Chola Nadu, Pandya Nadu, and Kongunadu.
You can pick the other Indian States as well.

Special Theme:

We have two themes for the 4th week. Please read the rules carefully.

Redo Old Posts 

Do mandatory 2 weeks regular BM and you can do the 4th week with Redo your older posts theme. Please note, you will have to 2 mandatory BM themes to pick this up.

Regular Bookmarked

This the regular Bookmarks Theme.

You can either do bookmarks from your regular Bookmarks.

So do 3 weeks, pick up this 4th fourth of your own choice. It can be anything you bookmarked or your own.

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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 nonstop blogging!

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