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GEMS Of The ABC, Giveaway Winners & A Contest – February 2015

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The ABC Gems banner of February 2015

This is a post of acknowledgement, mainly to appreciate you and tell that you are worth more than you think you are. You’re a real gem. ๐Ÿ™‚

Even if you are not a member of the ABC or a non-blogger, you should read this post, as it contains information about the latest posts updates that you receive in your email.

If you donโ€™t receive them, then you can subscribe now!

This is also a post for bloggers, who wish to grow and evolve into successful bloggers.

Even the money bloggers will find value in the new upcoming features of the ABC. You need to read till the end to know more!

Finally, this โ€œGregarious and Engaging Member Spotlightโ€ (GEMS) post announces the Icegram giveaway winners, as proposed in the previous GEMS post, and the Icegram review post.

Half Anniversary of The ABC

Let’s start with the best news – we are celebrating the half anniversary of the ABC!

Iโ€™m sure some of you must have heard of this term for the first time โ€“ me too. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is a milestone for the Aha!NOW Blog Community (fondly called as the ABC), as it recently completed 6 months!

Itโ€™s heartening to see our dream come true, gradually and gratefully.

half anniversary banner of ABC with half cake image

Aha!NOW was created to help others and make a difference.

The ABC was built on the same principles.

The aim was to create a hub of like-minded people who believe in helping others, sharing information and knowledge, and caring about each other.

Today, Iโ€™m really in awe of the ahaians, the fellow community members, who continuously surprise me with their generosity, helpful and kind spirit, their incredible insights, and brilliant ideas.

I agree with most members when they say that the ABC is a second home for them, just like a family. You can read their testimonials here.

Come, join us, be a part of one of the most interactive and engaging blog community. Register here.

Apart from that, itโ€™s a place where we all grow as better human beings and bloggers.

The ABC is growing gradually, but the interactions and engagements are intense and extensive!

Not only the newbie bloggers, but even the expert bloggers find it useful for their respective purposes.

We are continually developing the ABC and are making best efforts to make it a more helpful, meaningful, and a useful place to spend time.

In fact, we have plans to empower the community members also in monetary terms.

Yes, we believe time is money, and you should not waste your time, instead trade your time for some benefit or the other.

Excited to learn about it โ€“ then keep reading!

For now, I hope you will join us in celebrating this important milestone of the ABC by helping us promote it to your friends, fans, and followers!

“The Aha!NOW Blog Community Rocks. Join and Rejoice.”ย 

Thanks for the tweet. ๐Ÿ™‚

The ABC was born on 10th July, 2014 and honestly, we missed its half-anniversary date because we got busy with trying and testing the Icegram WordPress plugin, its review, and the giveaways.

Letโ€™s get started with the giveaway results!

Icegram logo with Icegram written in text

The Aha!NOW-Icegram Giveaway Winners

I know many of you are anxiously waiting for the giveaway results that comprise of the free Icegram WordPress plugin premium annual subscriptions.

As mentioned in the Icegram review post here on Aha!NOW, it is the ultimate WordPress plugin to capture leads and connect with your audience.

The giveaway was divided into two parts โ€“ the ABC giveaways and the Aha!NOW Icegram review post giveaways.

The ABC Icegram Giveaway Results

As always, the community leaderboard toppers get the best giveaways.

There are two community leaderboards, Aha!Gems and the Aha!Grads. The two community members who topped them are Vernon Layne and Rohan Chaubey respectively.

Congratulations, you both get the one year free subscription to the premium Icegram Super Bundle worth $49!

Vernon Layne blogs from Ohio, United States at StartsAndEndsWithYou.com.

Photo of Vernon Layne

Vernon loves to reflect on life and Godโ€™s word. Heโ€™s an inspiring motivating speaker and writer who uses his painful truths to help others.

He calls his blog โ€œSelf Reflection,โ€ which is about helping people simplify their lives by taking a regular self inventory and learning how to monitor the positive and the negative aspects of our lives.

He will also start his own community group on the ABC and be its Group Admin.

Do visit his blog to know more and discover the happiness in your life.

Rohan Chaubey blogs from Mumbai, India at RohanChaubey.Blogspot.In.

Photo of Ahaian Rohan Chaubey

Rohan has been featured earlier on the GEMS post. He blogs about topics like Programming, Blogging, Social Media, Designing, Technology and Self Improvement.

He is an optimist who considers his mission to spread the light of knowledge and optimism. Besides being an enthusiastic blogger, he is also a presentation designer.

Rohan is also the Group Admin of the TechTricks community group at the ABC.

Do visit his blog to learn more about technology, programming, blogging, and self-development.

Feb 2015 Ahaian Gems group photo

The following ABC members get the one year free subscription to the Icegram premium add-ons of their choice, worth $7 to $25!

Ikechi Awazie for being the runner-up of the Aha!Grads leaderboard and Bo Tipton, Ajay Pai, and Sasidhar Kareti of the Aha!Gems leaderboard.

Ikechi Awazie blogs from Lagos, Nigeria at AwazieIkechi.com.

Bo Tipton blogs from Kentucky, United States at FireBearsRamblings.com.

Ajay Pai blogs from Bangalore, India at AJTheDad.Blogspot.in.

Sasidhar Kareti from Andhra Pradesh, India at AmfasTech.com.

Congratulations to these new and old gems of the ABC.

The Aha!NOW Icegram Review Giveaway Results

Six lucky commentators of the Aha!NOW review post were selected as recipientsโ€™ of one year free subscription to the Icegram premium add-ons of their choice, worth $7 to $25!

Poster of the Aha!NOW review of Icegram WordPress plugin

They are Carolyn Nicander Mohr, Swadhin Agrawal, Neamat Tawadrous, Adegoke, Julie, and AJ Walton.

Carolyn Nicander Mohr blogs from the United States at TheWonderOfTech.com.

Swadhin Agrawal blogs from Odisha, India at DigitalGYD.com.

Neamat Tawadrous blogs from Toronto, Canada at NeamatProBlog.com.

Adegoke Olalekan blogs from Lagos, Nigeria at SafeJourneyQuotes.com.

Julie blogs from Perth, Australia at JulieInTheMaking.com.

AJ Walton blogs from Saint Petersburg, Russia at AJWalton.com.

Congratulations all the Aha!NOW visitors and ABC members, I hope you will make the best use of your free Icegram premium gift.

guest post giveaway banner of Aha!NOW

January Guest Post Giveaway

The Aha!Gems leaderboard toppers win the Aha!NOW guest post giveaway. This month, we had two such giveaways.

The top two Sapphire gems of the ABC, who will guest post this month on Aha!NOW are Vernon Layne and Rahul Krishnan.

You read about Vernon earlier in this post, Rahul Krishnan blogs from Kerala, India at SpellBoundWords.com.

Photo of Rahul Krishnan

Rahul is a student and loves to blog about technology and blogging. He loves to do something productive and writing is his foremost passion.

Do visit his blog to keep updated with the latest and best in technology and blogging.

However, starting this month, it will be easier to guest blog on Aha!NOW. Read further to know more about it!

Commenting Gems Of Aha!NOW

Every visitor of Aha!NOW is a gem, however, the commenters of Aha!NOW are the ones that spend their time and make efforts to add value to the posts.

 

Thank you all the commentators who visit Aha!NOW and share their wisdom with everybody.

Grateful Mentions of the ABC

We are thankful to everybody who help promote the ABC using social media and blogs.

Here are some of the grateful mentions of the ABC, in the month of January, by these bloggers in their blog posts.

Barbara Charles wrote a post on the “7 Immediate Great Ways To Get Traffic To Your Blog” and recommened joining the ABC .

Reji Stephenson mentioned the ABC in this post “20 Awesome people I came across while blogging” while crediting Harleena Singh.

Bilal Tahir Khan Meo included the ABC in his post โ€œTop 26 Best Blog Communities To Promote Your Content and Drive Massive Trafficโ€.

I hope you stop by at their blogs and read their wonderful posts. If you too had mentioned the ABC in your blog post and I missed it, please let me know in the comments, and Iโ€™ll add it to this list.

There were a few more mentions of the ABC this month that I know of, and they will be featured in the next GEMS post.

Amazing Group Admins of the ABC

We are also grateful to our amazing community group admins, who manage their groups dedicatedly and responsibly. They are:

community group avatars of the ABC

Rohan Chaubey of โ€œTech Tricksโ€ group, which is for sharing tech queries and discussing them.

Ikechi Awazie of โ€œBe An Inspirationโ€ group, which is about how to inspire others.

Bo Tipton has recently started moderating the group โ€œFrugal Livingโ€, which is about learning the smart and savvy ways to live the frugal lifestyle.

There are three more groups, โ€œBloggerโ€™s Cornerโ€, ย โ€œLife Learnersโ€,and โ€œFamily Life Networkโ€ which are presently managed by the ABC admins.

Thank you for keeping the community active and helping them with your expert guidance and knowledge.

The ABC Banner Contest For ALL

This is the first contest from the ABC! And itโ€™s open to all.

Many community members have been requesting us to provide them with a banner, which they can host at their blogs to inform their readers about the ABC.

Now, this is also a smart way to use your ABC referral link and increase your AhaRef points score. To know more about the referrals and AhaRef, read here.

Fellow Ahaian Ikechi gave us the suggestion that we should have a banner contest, and we loved the idea.

ABC banner contest banner

So, all you need to do:

    • Create an appealing and impressive banner of the size 300 pixels by 250 pixels, highlighting the awesomeness of the ABC.
    • You can create more than one banner if you want!
    • Share them publicly on ALL these three social media sites โ€“ Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.
    • Tag โ€œHarleenaโ€ so we are notified. If you haven’t connected with her yet, do so here at Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

Thatโ€™s all. Show your creativity and your promoting charisma.

The best banners will be decided on the basis of the overall appeal and deliverance of the message and purpose of the banner.

You will win an Ad spot on the shared advertising banner ad slot for a month on Aha!NOW for free. You will also get a mention in the next GEMS post and receive AhaPoints, if youโ€™re already a member of the ABC!

To know more about the $17 per month Ad banner slot on Aha!NOW, click here.

We will have the right to choose and use the banner designs submitted by you for the ABC promotions and publicity in any form.

Send your entries before 12th February 2015.

Newsletter Subscription of Aha!NOW

This is something that I had wanted to share with you for a long time.

Since Aha!NOW is a multi-niche blog, I understand that not all readers like to read all the topics published here.

Fair indeed. Everyone has priorities and you have the choice to accept and reject what you think best meets your requirement or interests.

So, we have decided to give people what they want and let them have the right to receive what they like!

From now on, you will receive latest blog post updates of only those topics that you are interested to read about.

So, go ahead and find the latest post update from Aha!NOW, as it must be in your email inbox or may be lying in the spam folder.

Unspam and open it, if it went there!

At the bottom you will find the โ€œEdit Your Subscriptionโ€ link โ€“ click on it.

A โ€œSubscription confirmationโ€ page of Aha!NOW will open. It will list out all the niches of the blog.

All you need to do is tick the niches that you are interested in receiving post updates about. If you feel you like the entire list, then tick the first list option โ€œAha!NOW All Postsโ€.

Aha!NOW Celebrations will include the posts on the Aha!NOW blog awards given to the top bloggers and readers of Aha!NOW and the anniversary and gratitude posts as well.

If you tick the Aha!NOW Blog Community (ABC) option, youโ€™ll receive the GEMS posts like this post, and all posts related to the blog community that convey the information about the giveaways and new features on the blog and community.

We conduct really comprehensive and interesting reviews and interviews. The reviews we conduct are very helpful, and some also offer free giveaways, and you may not want to miss on them!

Whatever your choices are, just express them in the โ€œSubscription confirmationโ€ page form and hit โ€œSaveโ€.

Youโ€™ll get what you want, and nothing else. We promise you that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Empowering The Community

At the end, I want to inform you about the start of a new chapter in the growth of the ABC.

I term it as the ETC โ€“ Empowering The Community! Yes, empowering you and all the members. I want to start a system that helps us all, so that we all grow together.

To briefly mention, we at the ABC are trying to give you value for the time you spend here.

time is money image

Yes, time is money!

We are going to start with products of the blog and gradually offer you many goodies that you can earn, without having to top the community leaderboard or depend on your destiny to win a giveaway.

This includes even the opportunity to guest post on Aha!NOW. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope we will be able to reveal it all during this weekend, may be also in a newsletter.

So, if youโ€™re subscribed to Aha!NOW latest posts, make sure to edit the subscription and submit your choices including to receive the newsletters.

If you are not subscribed, then do so now by filling this form below:

Just fill in your email address and hit the "Subscribe" button.


Letโ€™s Learn, get Inspired, become Friendly, and be Empowered. Thatโ€™s LIFE!

Have a wonderful weekend and wait for sweet surprises! ๐Ÿ™‚

Over To You โ€“

Have you subscribed to the newsletter and submitted your choices? If youโ€™re a member of the ABC, what are your views about it? You can even express it here in the form of a testimonial. Are you going to submit a banner to win a banner slot here? Finally, would you love the “time” you spend here to really transform into “money”? Share in the comments.



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  1. Profile photo of Abrar Mohi Shafee

    Abrar Mohi Shafee

    February 6, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Vinay,

    The previous month was really interesting. Lots of winners :), first of all I would say “CONGRATS” to all who won, and also who participated.

    This is a great news, we will have two guest posts from two of our gems, Vernon and Rahul. Really excited to see them live.

    Ah! The contest sounds interesting. I’m sure the ahians will jump in it quickly to grab this offer.

    Thank you very much for announcing the winners and conducting a special content. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Profile photo of Vinay Kachhara

      Vinay Kachhara

      February 6, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Hi Abrar,

      Oh yes, a dozen winners to be exact! I’d wish the numbers only increase every month. ๐Ÿ™‚

      We are going to increase the number of guest posts on Aha!NOW, so that the community members have more chances of bagging one.

      This is a small contest to start with, I hope we will have bigger contests in the future.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views.

  2. Profile photo of Rohan Chaubey

    Rohan Chaubey

    February 6, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Hi Vinay sir,

    Awh! What a wonderful GEMS post this is! I enjoyed reading it and there are so many exciting announcements. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Firstly, Congratulations! I am surprised to know that it has just been 7 months since you started this ABC community. It looks like it was always there for years. The amount of discussion, engagement and number of members gives an impression that we all have been here for ages.

    I loved the half cake. Very apt to the current moment. @Alayne sir Congratulations. You have been the best commentator and an amazing member. You have not only inspired us but have also shared some positive thoughts with us in the community. Thanks for being so nice and right. ๐Ÿ™‚

    OMG! I find myself featured again. Thanks a lot Vinay sir. ABC has always keep me entertained and there is never a dull moment here. As I mentioned before, It really doesn’t look like the community is just 7 months old. The way you and ma’am have managed it is commendable. Every visit has taught me something new.

    @Ikman, @botipton, @ajishaan and @Sasikareti Congratulations for being the runner-ups. You all have been adding so much favors to the community and its discussions. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congrats the lucky commentors. And @rkrishnan a BIG congratualtions for winning the guest post opportunity. I am sure you are excited and I eager await ro read your post. I am also sure you have something great to share with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congrats commenting GEMS and the amazing Admins. Thanks Vinay sir for the mention. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Ikman What a wonderful suggestion! And I am so excited for the making Banners about ABC. I love making ugly designs. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I am so happy to read this post. And I can clearly see why this got delayed as there was so much to write and mention in the post.

    Also, the newsletter selection sounds great. I am going to do that soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Again, Thanks Vinay sir for the mentions and for this amazing post. Also congrats all the fellow members for making this ABC community a happy place. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a wonderful weekend you too, Vinay sir. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Profile photo of Vinay Kachhara

      Vinay Kachhara

      February 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Hi Rohan,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, it’s been 7 months now for the community, and 4+ years for the blog. In fact, the ABC is quite in its infancy phase presently. We are all looking forward to watch it grow bigger, isn’t it?

      You’re one of the most active and best contributors to the ABC, so you the deserved mention. I wonder what you will be doing with your WordPress premium giveaway gift. ๐Ÿ™‚

      It’s great to know that you’re enjoying the community immensely. Thank you for the compliments.

      Look forward to your banners, because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes, the content was one of the reasons for the delay of publishing of this post, but we also faced some technical problems. But I’m glad the post is out and you like it.

      Thanks for your wonderful comment and your beautiful views. Have a great weekend ahead!

  3. Profile photo of Vernon Layne

    Vernon Layne

    February 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Vinay and Happy Half Anniversary! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I want to thank you and your wife Harleena for putting together such a giving and compassionate blogging community that builds unity alone with self-confidence. It’s the love from you two that is pasted down to the rest of us that keeps ABC flourishing.

    I humbly receive this awesome giveaway.

    I want to congratulate Rohan on his winning also. Because he and Ikechi showed us all what it takes to become a GEMS. Hard-work ,dedication and a giving heart.

    Rahul my hat goes off to you for working in the spirit of fun. You put in the work and deserve your winning. I can’t wait to read your guest post!

    The ABC Banner contest was a great idea I look forward to adding it to my blog. We are all winners here at Aha!NOW because we care for each other.

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      Rohan Chaubey

      February 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Hi Vernon sir, Thanks for the mention. Thanks for inspiring us for being better. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Profile photo of Vernon Layne

        Vernon Layne

        February 7, 2015 at 1:50 am

        Hey little buddy!

        I told you when we first met that I’m watching you. ๐Ÿ™‚
        No thank you for being such a good team leader and for inspiring us all!

    • Profile photo of Vinay Kachhara

      Vinay Kachhara

      February 6, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Hi Vernon,

      Thank you for your wishes. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Harleena and I are so thankful to you and honored that you are a part of the big family, our community. I enjoy reading your views, though I may not be able to reply to them always. We are happy that we were able to create a place for humanity, loving, and caring in the blogosphere. It’s wonderful to see the community members helping each other and rejoicing in the success of other members.

      Now that you have won the premium giveaway, I guess you’ll need to shift to self-hosted WordPress. Please feel free to ask any questions pertaining to your giveaway to me or to Icegram directly.

      I’m also excited and eager to view the banners and good to know that you will be putting one on your blog.

      Thanks for your wonderful comment and have a great weekend ahead!

      • Profile photo of Vernon Layne

        Vernon Layne

        February 7, 2015 at 1:55 am

        Hi Vinay,

        Yes I’m in the process of shifting to a self-hosting now but I have to wait to the end of this month because by then I would have own the domain name for 60 days. It’s a requirement before I’m able to switch over. I will keep you posted.

  4. Profile photo of Nikshep D Apasangi

    Nikshep D Apasangi

    February 6, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Another superb round up of the month’s happenings and a great reason to celebrate! ๐Ÿ™‚ A very Happy Half Anniversary guys! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Congratulations to all my friends who won the giveaways, guest posts and goodies ๐Ÿ™‚ ! The way AHA Now community is evolving, it will soon have the who’s who of the Blogging world here in no time!

    @alayne Congratulations, well deserved! . Your thoughts are always divine and encourage us to look within!

    Rohan the Great (@rohanchaubey) ๐Ÿ˜€ What can I say to this boy who’s got so much positive energy and enthu? ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep it up and keep rocking ๐Ÿ™‚

    @ikman, @botipton, @ajishaan and @sasikareti Congratulations to you guys as well!

    Nice contest with the banners ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure the creative brainiacs will kill it!

    Great initiative of topic wise option to the newsletter subscribers! Amazing level of professionalism shown ๐Ÿ™‚ Kudos!

    Ah why do I feel so happy even though I didn’t win a thing ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ … that’s the power of AHA-Now community!

    Cheers and Have a great weekend!
    Nik

    • Profile photo of Rohan Chaubey

      Rohan Chaubey

      February 6, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Niks, Thanks for the mention. ๐Ÿ™‚ haha Thanks for the compliment. I just reflect the positivity to positive people like you. Meeting you on ABC and reading your posts have changed my thoughts and have helped me in being the better version of me. Thank you for all that you share. It keeps me sane. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Profile photo of Vinay Kachhara

      Vinay Kachhara

      February 6, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Hi Nik,

      Thank you for your wishes and this is one post where the blogosphere gets a glimpse of the awesomeness of the community. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I appreciate your praises for the ABC, and yes we together will take it to the next level.

      Glad you liked the move to let the subscribers have more control. Being a multi-niche blog, it was so important to take this step.

      I thank you for being so kindhearted and good spirited. I’m happy that you a part of the community.

      Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend you too!

    • Profile photo of Vernon Layne

      Vernon Layne

      February 7, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks Nik! I want you to know that I accept this reward of the behalf of all of us here at ABC. Because if it wasn’t for your support and all you guys awesome blog posts, I couldn’t have done it without you.

  5. Profile photo of Hemani Jain

    Hemani Jain

    February 6, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Wow! Really interesting! First of all many congratulations to ABC for completing 6 months.

    Many congratulations to all the well deserved winners. They truly are the Gems and I look forward to read more from them in times to come.

    Have a great day
    TC

    • Profile photo of Vinay Kachhara

      Vinay Kachhara

      February 6, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Hi Hemani,

      Thanks for your wishes. Everyone is a gem, not only for us, but in the true sense. It takes a little bit of self-discovering to accept and realize that, and I’m sure you’d agree.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting and I look forward to see you more around here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Profile photo of Bo Tipton

    Bo Tipton

    February 6, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    First off thank you for the wonderful gift. I truly look forward to coming here each day and reading what has been posted.
    It is amazing what has happened here in only 6 months. I look forward to seeing where this community will be a year from now.
    Once again it proves what a group of caring people who can work together can accomplish. Thank you

    • Profile photo of Vinay Kachhara

      Vinay Kachhara

      February 6, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Hi Bo,

      I really appreciate your views and words. It makes me happy to learn that you truly enjoy the community activities.

      Well, the community was created about 6 months back, but the blog is in its 5th year of operation. We too hope to make the ABC bigger and better, and I’m we all together can do it.

      I guess this is the USP of this community, the members are so caring and giving, and they never hesitate to help. That’s the biggest gift and blessing to have.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and views.

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    Priyanka

    February 6, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Congratulations to ABC for half Anniversary and heartily congratulations
    to all the winners.This is really a wonderful community and i enjoy being here. Ahaians rock ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Profile photo of Vinay Kachhara

      Vinay Kachhara

      February 7, 2015 at 12:03 am

      Hi Priyanka,

      Thank you for your good wishes and kind words.

      I’m glad that you enjoy being at the ABC. I hope you continue to enjoy and benefit from the community.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting here.

  8. Profile photo of Sasidhar Kareti

    Sasidhar Kareti

    February 6, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Vinay sir,

    I feel so honored to be mentioned this time too consistently. Firstly, I would like to congratulate my friends Vernon, Rohan, Rahul, Ikechi, Ajay and Bo for topping the leader-board and winning the monthly prizes.

    Thank you @nikshep and @rohanchaubey for wishing!

    Thank you so much Vinay sir for giving us such an awesome community.

    Party guys!

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      Rohan Chaubey

      February 6, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Hi Sasidhar, Congrats and Thanks for the congratulations. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Profile photo of Vinay Kachhara

      Vinay Kachhara

      February 7, 2015 at 12:09 am

      Hi Sasidhar,

      Thank you for being a consistent contributor and a regular member of the community.

      I look forward to meeting you in the community.

      Thanks for your comment.

    • Profile photo of Sasidhar Kareti

      Sasidhar Kareti

      February 7, 2015 at 9:13 am

      How can I just forget about this half anniversary of our family union. I wish a very happy half-year birthday to ABC and wish it long live many more years inspiring and helping bloggers in this blogosphere.

      Proud to be a member of this family ๐Ÿ™‚ Love all ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Vernon Layne

      February 8, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks Sasidhar! Congratulations to you as well for doing an outstanding job.

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    Arpit Roy

    February 6, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Hi Vinay,

    First of all a very happy ‘Half Anniversary’ to the community. This is a great place to meet like-minded people and to share and learn great ideas.

    I would like to congratulate all the winner’s of the giveaway. To be honest, I have never seen so many winner’s being announced in a single post anywhere else ๐Ÿ™‚

    Let’s keep up the good work. Cheers!

    • Profile photo of Vinay Kachhara

      Vinay Kachhara

      February 7, 2015 at 12:12 am

      Hi Arpit,

      Thank you for your kind wishes.

      I’m glad you like the community. In the future, we would like to award even more community members.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting here.

  10. Balroop Singh

    February 6, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Hi Vinay,

    This is a wonderful way to acknowledge the contributions of all the members of this awesome community. Accept my heartiest Congratulations for the success and yes, I love that half cake. look forward to a full one! I really appreciate the dedication and hard work which both you and Harleena put into this lovely project.

    I am glad to be part of this post and would love to remain one. Thanks for the mention. Have a blessed weekend!

    • Profile photo of Vinay Kachhara

      Vinay Kachhara

      February 7, 2015 at 12:15 am

      Hi Balroop,

      I’m glad you like the GEMS post. Thank you for your kind words and good wishes.

      I look forward to meeting you in the community.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting here.

  11. Ashutosh Jha

    February 7, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Hi Vinay Sir & Harleena Mam,

    Thanks for the post. I really wait every month now for this post ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congratulations to All the winners and Rahul good luck. I am sure like before, you’ll rock here too.

    Also Harleena Mam, Banner and subscription to specific section is a superb idea. Thanks All !!

    -Ashutosh

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    Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    February 7, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Hi Vinay and Harleena, Congratulations on building such a strong blog community in such a short time! I am so impressed by the activity in your forums, what a wonderful community of active, involved contributors.

    I am very proud to be a GEM again. I want to keep my streak alive, which shouldn’t be difficult because I so enjoy the blog and the forums!

    I am thrilled to be a winner in the Icegram contest. I was so very impressed with that plugin and your review. I look forward to getting the prize!

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend!

    PS Great idea for separate feeds for the different topics, but I want to read about them all!

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    AJ Walton

    February 7, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Hi Vinay,
    Congratulations on the half-year anniversary.

    Way to go @Alayne and @rohanchaubey for topping the leaderboards – you are both inspirations for all that you bring to the community here.

    And the same goes for all the other contest winners and commenters. The GEMS updates always make it clear what a deep, responsive, and supportive community there is here on Aha-now and I’m excited to watch these new plans unfold.

    Love the banner contest, I’ll see what I can cook up with my mad MS Paint skills.

    • Rohan Chaubey

      February 7, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Hi AJ, Thank you so much. I am glad we got to know each other only because of ABC and the real inspiration lies in you as you are working for a noble cause. Have a wonderful weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Vernon Layne

      February 8, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      I appreciate it AJ! I can’t wait to see your creativity at work. It’s just another part of you we all get to enjoy.

  14. lisa thomson

    February 7, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Thanks for the mention, Vinay! I love your blog posts and the information I get here at ahaNow! I like the variety of subjects and would continue to get the email notifications for all posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Ikechi Awazie

    February 7, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Hi Vinay

    Wow! ABC keeps getting better and better. So much generosity is flying in this post. First let me say thanks for the mention in this post as this community is more than just a forum.

    Congratulations @rohanchaubey and @alayne for being the top in AHA GRAD AND AHA LEADERBOARD respectively. My congratulations goes to @botipton, @ajishaan and @sasikareti for being the runner ups.

    Congrats to all ahaians for making this community swell. You guys are fun to be with. As for the banner contest, I know that it is going to be fun.

    I want to thank @vinzen and @admin for the giveaways. It is really empowering and I am excited of the giveaways that are coming. It can only happen in ABC. Cheers everyone. Happy 1/2 birthday to ABC. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Rohan Chaubey

      February 7, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Thank you so much @Ikman sir for the mention and for the congratulations. ๐Ÿ™‚ We are so much inspired to do better visiting your blog and reading your comments.

      And I forgot to mention that 1/2 birthday sounds so NEW! I wonder for where you (@vinzen) and @admin ma’am get so many unique ideas. haha. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Vernon Layne

      February 7, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks Ikechi,

      Each of us here has an unique quality to offer and I think that’s what makes our community so special. You along with @rohanchaubey are the models which we all should follow. Both of your contributions makes a big difference. Your willing to serve is a blessing to us all. Thanks again!

      • Rohan Chaubey

        February 7, 2015 at 7:01 pm

        Hi Vernon sir, We should rather follow your path to inspire and encourage people. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Yvonne I. Wilson

    February 7, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Hi Vinay

    Congratulations to you and ABC for achieving this milestone. It’s a great accomplishment.

    Lots of winners, contests and more giveaways. Congratulations to all the winners. The banner contest is a great idea. More power to the winner. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to seeing the end product.

    Thank you for the acknowledgement in regards to being among the 30 top commenters for the past month.

    Habe a great weekend.

  17. Sylviane Nuccio

    February 7, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Hi Harleena and Vinay,

    So the other day in my blog reading frenzy I read a blog post by Erik Emuanuelli, and by mistake I thought I was on AhaNow! Shame on me ๐Ÿ™‚

    So, anyways I tried to registered to your blog community, but I wasn’t able to. It’s telling me that my email already exists. Can you help me with that?

    Congratulations to such a great active community and blog, and congratulations to the winners too!

    Wow, I still made it to the first 30 commentors. That’s great!

    Have a great weekend both of you ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Babanature

    February 7, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Hello Vinay,
    The ABC community is becoming big in the blogging world and bloggers are getting more exposure using the community.
    It is never a surprise that the ABC community would be this big ๐Ÿ™‚ all i can say is, keep the good work up… and thanks for the mention ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Rahul Krishnan

    February 7, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Hi Vinay Sir,
    Thank you so much for the awesome review.
    I am very excited. Sorry to be late.
    Will send you a list of post titles.
    Congrats my buddies, Vernon, Rohan, Sasi and all others.
    Regards,
    Rahul

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      Rohan Chaubey

      February 8, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Congratulations Rahul for winning the guest post opportunity. I am sure you are coming up with a great post soon. Thanks for the mention and the congratulations. ๐Ÿ™‚ I eagerly await to have your post published. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Vernon Layne

      February 8, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Rahul you did a great job! I can’t wait to see what your guest post will be about. Whatever it’s about it’s going to be good just like the rest of them. Thanks my friend!

  20. Corina Ramos

    February 8, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Hello Vinay,

    Happy 6-month anniversary. It’s so great to see how much it’s grown in such a short time (in blogging years ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Thank you for recognizing me as one of the top 30 commenters of Aha!Now. I enjoy reading yours and Harleena’s post.

    It looks like you have some great stuff coming up for your community. I couldn’t be more excited for you both!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  21. Lorraine Reguly

    February 8, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Very cool that you are now offering a tailored subscription! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Swadhin Agrawal

    February 8, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Hello Vinay sir,
    Thats a great news. Congtras on the half anniversary it never felt ABC was already six months old. I feel like it was launched yesterday.
    I know I am late here but I am atlast here reading this beautiful post that acknowledges the GEMS of ABC.
    thank you for doing the honors and I congratulate everyone on being a part of the wonderful community.
    I congratulate Rohan and Vernon for winning the one year full subscriptionof Icegramon pack from Aha!NOW.

    I also congratulate everyone (including me lol) for winning the prize of comment and share contest.
    Thanks for creating this wonderful community. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Rohan Chaubey

      February 8, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Hi @Swadhin, Thank you so much for the congratulations and congrats you too for being the lucky commentator. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Vernon Layne

      February 8, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      Hi Swadhin,

      Thanks for the congrats! I’m grateful for your work because you add value to help make this a wonderful community. Thanks!

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    Mi Muba

    February 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Hi Vinay

    First of all big congratulations to all lucky winners.

    Then a very big congratuations to you and your team on organizing such a big contest where winners are more than several and it is not so easy to first manage the participation and then announce the lucky winners without any minor mistake.

    My experience with ABC is very pleasant and very rewarding. I recently started sharing posts of my green blog also and am getting wonderful results.

    People at ABC are wonderful and so interactive and caring. They do appreciate others and are good listeners.

    This is all because of the leadership of ABC also where one of them is commenting queen and has been actively supporting and guiding bloggers community everywhere around blogosphere.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this annoucement post that has big attraction for others to actively participate in it.

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    Ilka Emig

    February 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Congratulations to your 1/2 Birthday!

    And congratulations to all the winners of the ABC giveaways ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think I will not participate in the banner competition; and it is probably for the good of all of us. Should you ever need someone to write a song for ABC I will definitely be part of this competition. And I will proudly put your banner on my website. So fingers crossed for an amazing and outstanding banner!

  25. Joy Healey

    February 9, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Hello Harleena and Vinay

    Congratulations on your 1/2 anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been and gone so quickly.

    You have lots of exciting things ahead and I look forward to participating more fully once my own offline business has settled down a little. It’s just been so busy of late (which is good).

    Looking forward to catching up again soon and hearing about all these amazing goodies you have in store for us.

    Joy

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    Ravi Chahar

    February 9, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Its really great to see that more and more people are taking part here.
    Congrats to all of the winners. People who got a guest post here at AHA to write are lucky and got opportunity to get some exposure to their blog. It would be great for them to make more contacts with people because AHA is the place where people from many countries come.
    Its good to see many new people here. I would like to meet them.
    For sure the above mentioned people are the GEMS of ABC and will remain like that. The Giveaway was pretty good and it will help the winners in their future journey.

    Thanks for making us aware.
    Hope you are enjoying your week.
    ~Ravi

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    shubhangi srikanth

    February 9, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Congrats to all the winners!! and congrats to Harleena and Vinay on the blogoversary!! I am sure its a special feeling to see all that hardwork blossom so beautifully! here’s to many more!! cheers!

  28. donna merrill

    February 10, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Congratulations Vinay and Harleena!

    In only six months time you have grown such a wonderful community. What a powerful way to get people together. I just love the way you built this and wish you many blessings with this community.

    I see some of my friends here that have won many fantastic gifts. How great is that?

    Now an ABC contest for all? You guys are great and doing a fantastic job!

    I’m looking forward to see the winners of that one too. There is always a surprise here when I visit!

    -Donna

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    Neamat Tawadrous

    February 10, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Vinay and Harleena,

    Congratulations on this amazing milestone. I am amazed how the ABC community grew in that short 6 months. Wish you all the best and more growth and success with the blog and the community.

    Thanks so much for the wonderful gift and I am blessed to be one of the winning gems in this post for the icegram plugin add-on. Can’t wait to put it into use. Thanks so much for this amazing gift.

    I will keep my subscription as it is as I enjoy reading everything here in Aha!Now even the posts that are not in my niche. Thanks for all what you share here. Everything you share is helpful one way or the other.

    Appreciate you both Venay and Harleena for all the hard work to make this place such an enjoyable and healthy place for all of us.

    Have a great week ahead.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat

  30. Carol Amato

    February 11, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Hi, Harleena and Vinay,

    You are a fun loving people and congratulations on your 1/2 anniversary!! ๐Ÿ™‚ You like to have a good time because Iโ€™ve never seen a celebration for 1/2 of anything, but you know what? I think itโ€™s an excellent idea!!

    Congratulations to Vernon and Rohan and others who have won amazing prizes. So glad Rahul won a guest post, awesome!

    As you know, I have my own community which keeps me so very busy, but do enjoy the time I get to spend here – awesome people and wonderful friendly helpโ€ฆ

    You have a lot of very exciting things happening on Aha!NOW, and I know youโ€™re going to grow even more as you continue helping and encouraging folks. You both do an awesome job!

    Thanks so much,
    หœCarol

  31. Nisha Pandey

    February 12, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Harleena Mam and Vinay sir,

    As I said earlier, I liked your GEMS post every time. Congrats for the half birthday of Aha Now community. It is really a wonderful community, I have visited ever.

    It was awesome giveaway of Icegram and so sad that I missed it.
    A very congratulation to the Icegram winners and free ad space winners.
    I have downloaded the free version of Icegram and will start using after 2-3 days. Hope, it will work great for me.

    All of the GEMS of Aha-Now, enjoy your day and Aha Now community. Keep rocking!




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