Blogging Marathon # 86 – 3 Day Marathon for 4 weeks!

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January surely flew. Guess I am going to keep repeating this again!. Anyway, this announcement is going to be for March 2018.

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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 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 first come first basis.

Ok, I join in, what I am supposed to do to 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 to 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 2015 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 March
10, 11, 12 March
17, 18, 19 March
24, 25, 26 March

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

FYI: Requests to join after 08th February 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 first come first basis.

Other rules will be mailed to the individuals.

Themes for BM # 86 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 – Chocolate Dishes (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)
Kid’s Delight – Travel Food (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 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 – Chocolate Dishes (3,4,5 and 10,11,12)

The 1st and 2nd weeks of March will be hosted by Kalyani,  themed on Chocolate Dishes. She is hosting the hat trick year with this theme and I am so glad that she chose this as it’s my kids favourite. She will be announcing the event on her blog by the 15th of February.

Kid’s Delight – Travel Food (17,18,19 and 24,25,26)

The 3rd and 4th week of March will be hosted by Jayashree, themed on Travel Food for Kids.  She will be announcing the event on her blog by the 15th of March.

All that come round are Laddos?

As the theme says, your final dish has to be in a Laddo shape. It can be our Indian Laddos or a different twist as well. It can be a savory too but not like Meatballs simmering in a gravy.  Wear your thinking caps and come up with some innovative dishes!

Stuffed Flatbreads from different Countries

The flatbread has to be stuffed, it can be sweet or a savory. You will have to have some accompaniment along with it in the picture and need to be from different countries. While we do have some regular Stuffed Indian Flatbreads, I will be glad if you do some research and pick up different ones from different countries.

Italian Sauces You Should Master

Learning and stocking some sauces will always help. You can feature some classic Italian Sauces, made from scratch as such or with a dish.

Indian Thalis/ International Spread

For this theme, each day can either feature an Indian Thali or an International Spread.
We are looking at dishes that complement each other and should be a traditional part of the region we are going to do.
One elaborate Thali with 6 to 7 dishes (can include pickle, curds etc).
Two Mini Thalis with 3 to 4 dishes (can include pickle, curds etc).
Again you can feature recipes that are already posted, with 1 or 3 new dishes that can be posted on that day.
Only 1 new post per day.
Some points to remember 
You will have to showcase the entire thali/ Spread in the picture.
Share at least 1 new recipe for the day
The other dishes on the thali can be from your archives and can be linked up.
Though I have mentioned only 1 new recipe, I think if you want to do a separate post for the menu with 1 new recipe post, I am fine.
Ideally, you should be posting 3 thalis/spreads for this week. (meaning you can’t post the same thali/spread dishes for the next two BM days.)
If you have old thali menus that you made, with some dishes yet to be shared, you can use those, provided you make one New thali/spread for this March theme.

Festival/Occasions of the Month

Check out the festivals happening during March and cook three dishes!

Scandinavian Recipes

The cuisine of the Month is going to be Scandinavian. I have read so much about this country in Tintin and some references to the food. Exploring it will be fun.

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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