It was still two hours to go when I started writing this post, so yes, I am in time to wish you a very happy Makar Sankranti.
Update 1: Bad news: No results today as promised. Avant Garde has been delayed. And I regret it.
Last time Avant Garde Bloggies Awards was smooth and on time. There were just about 100+ nominations and no complicated rules like limitations we have this time. This time, number of nominations received have been was mammoth 400+ 700+, thanks to social networking. Current list of nominations that I have on dashboard runs about 190 pages of Word document!! However, sad part is many of them are not compliant with rules.
In addition, I have been too caught with my full-time job, which is at the moment a WORK HELL (in terms of work load). As a result, Avant Garde suffered. I take full responsibility for the lapse and apologize for that.
I aim to finish FINAL compilation of nominations by this weekend. After that:
Phase 2: Judges select 6 best post in each categories (we will need 15 days for that)
Phase 3: Polling on 6 best posts chosen by the judges (we will have 7 days of polling).
So yes, Avant Garde is DELAYED by exactly a month.
Update 2: As for compliance with rules, we have written to most of you bloggers, who have more than the allowed number of nominations, during this time. But so many of you have not responded. Some of those who have not responded yet are: Noyon, Dev, Noyon, Pinasha, Blue Mist, Avada Kedavra, Suranga, Partha Pratim. Folks, if you answer by Saturady, All is well. But if not, I am regretful to inform that I will have to take off your nominations. 😦
For each of you who participated, thank you. 🙂 Especially those who nominated in compliance with rules the first time, a BIG thank you. You have no idea how much effort you have saved us. For next year, there has to be an automated system to compile and sort nominations. But that will be later.
Update 3: And in other news (which my friend Gauri says is most overused cliche), I was interviewed at Blogadda. Life seems to have come to a full circle at least where interviews are concerned. Once I had started this initiative to interview bloggers at a team blog Being a Blogger (BaB), now I am myself the Interviewee.