Blogging Marathon # 114 – 3 Day Marathon for 4 weeks!

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This is going to be an announcement for July 2020.

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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 Jul
10, 11, 12 Jul
17, 18, 19 Jul
24, 25, 26 Jul

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

FYI: Requests to join after 08th Jun 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’ posts.
  • 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#114 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 – Cookies (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)
Kid’s Delight – Monsoon Delights (17,18,19 and 24,25,26)

Please note all entries for Kid’s Delight theme have to be kid-approved. The dish can be either approved by your 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 – Cookies (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)

The 1st and 2nd week of July will be hosted by Rafeeda themed on “Cookies”. She will be announcing the event on her blog on the 15th of Jun.

Kid’s Delight – Monsoon Delights (17,18,19 and 24,25,26)

The 3rd and 4th week of July will be hosted by Kalyani themed on “Monsoon Delights”. She will be announcing the event on her blog on the 15th of Jul.

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.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
a b c d e f g h i Mega BM j k l m no p q r s t u Mega BM v w x y z

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.

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.

So for Jul, the Alphabets are going to be “P, Q, R”

Vrat ka khana

While each state has a special list of dishes cooked on festivals or fasting days, some of the Indian States have specific fasting foods. Thes are the Vrat Ka Khana or Upvas dishes. So explore and enjoy your fasting days!

Steamed Dishes

Right from Idlis to Modak or Momos, you can pick your dish and steam its way to your table!

Bring on the Curry!

These curries have to be gravy types, no dry sautes or thoran types. With some vegetable or protein as the main ingredient, it can be from any Indian State.

Brighten your Breakfast!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So brighten it in many ways, with simple to elaborate dishes, from fresh no-cook to deep-fried bread, the choice is yours! It can be Indian or Global.

Travel to Africa

In your tour to a new place and its cuisine, pack your bags virtually to travel to Africa and explore its many cuisines. You can refer to this page for the different African Cuisines and you can pick your choice. You can either do all 3 posts from the same cuisine or do 1 cuisine a day.

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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