GEMS Of Aha!NOW – November 2014

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GEMS poster of Aha!NOW Blog Community

A community is an amazing aspect of society. It is a group of people, who share similar interests. An online community is a place where the community members can interact with each other through the Internet.

The Aha!NOW Blog Community (ABC) is one such online community.

The ABC community members or Ahaians, as they are fondly called, communicate and help each other by discussing and messaging in the activity centers, groups, and forums.

These people share common concerns, interests, and goals, which enhances their knowledge.

They help themselves and are always there to support other bloggers and non-bloggers alike.

In the process they make friends, develop relationships, and promote their interests or business.

The ABC is not only a blogging community, it is a blog community also, for all bloggers and non-bloggers of Aha!NOW.

A blogging community is limited to bloggers, but since Aha!NOW is a life blog that encompasses several aspects and niches of life, a part of its readership are not bloggers.

That is actually good for the bloggers as the non-bloggers are potential bloggers too. So interacting with them might prove beneficial to them.

Even the non-bloggers get the opportunity to mix around and interact with bloggers, and get a taste of their interesting profession.

In a short time, the ABC has evolved and grown into a second home for many people. It’s caring and cozy environment, friendly and supportive atmosphere – has caught their fancy.

As explained in the previous GEMS post, this crown of ABC is studded with many GEMs (Gregarious and Engaging Members). These people make the crown valuable.

In this post again, I want to honor and reveal the gems of the Aha!NOW Blog Community for the month of October 2014.

Leaders of the ABC Activities

A good and valued community is powerful on its own and it also empowers the community members. Such a community uplifts its members, while the members strengthen the community.

Many bloggers have learned a lot about blogging on the ABC that they didn’t experience while blogging. They also made friends, gained useful knowledge, but also won giveaways and rewards.

The community members or Ahaians are given AhaPoints and AhaRefs, which are reward points for their interaction and engagement in the community activities.

Based on their achievements or points they earn, a scoreboard or leaderboard is prepared automatically. Every month there are different prizes for the leaderboard toppers.

This way each month starts on a new slate, so everyone gets a fair chance to win that month.

The month of October was special. Read below to know why!

Man and woman happy about the Aha!NOW workstation giveaway

Leaderboard Topper and Winner of The $600* Giveaway

The first prize at stake for the ABC leaderboard topper for the month of October was the Ergotron WorkFit-A Sit-Stand Workstation worth up to $600.

I recently wrote a review about the sit-stand workstation that might interest you. Read it here.

This amazing free give away goes to Ahaian Ravi Chahar from India, Asia. Congratulations Ravi!

Ahaian Ravi Chahar

Ravi has been the top GEM in October.

He was one of the GEMs of the ABC in September also, and he has done it again – this time by topping the leaderboard and winning this awesome sit-stand workstation! 🙂

He will receive a special mail to follow up, order, and receive this absolutely free giveaway from Ergotron.

Check out Ravi’s blog at http://www.blogginglove.com/ .

Winner of The November Guest Post on Aha!NOW

The runner-up or member who earned the second position in the ABC leaderboard in October earned the opportunity to guest post on Aha!NOW in the month of November.

He’s Ahaian Ikechi Awazie from Lagos, Africa. Congratulations Ikechi!

Ahaian Ikechi Awazie

Ikechi is the new GEM of the ABC. He has a wonderful blog http://awazieikechi.com/.

There he teaches people to be a light to the world. He dreams to create a community that will inspire change, and writes about personal development and all that can inspire change.

Ikechi believes you can help change the world by being a light or a beacon to guide others.

Visit his blog and help him achieve his objective, which will help you and even the generations to come.

I look forward to an inspirational post on Aha!NOW from Ikechi very soon. 🙂

New GEM of the ABC

This is not all. There are more gems in the crown of the Aha!NOW Blog Community that shine in the spotlight.

One new GEM from India is Ahaian Sasidhar Kareti. He blogs at http://www.amfastech.com/.

Ahaian Sasidhar Kareti

The AMFAS in his blog AmfasTech stands for “Ask Me For A Solution”. It’s a tech blog where Sasidhar answers visitor’s technical queries and also provide web and Internet marketing solutions.

Sasidhar blogs about Adsense, Android, blogging and SEO, business and marketing, web and marketing solutions, and social media.

If you have any problems or queries in these aspects of technology, do visit Sasidhar at his blog.

More GEMs of the ABC

It’s not that the members who do not get the spotlight are not important.

GEMs are gems, and they will always be – whether they are hidden or invisible.

Some more Ahaians that probably did not share the podium but still deserve the mention are Harshajyoti Das and Vishnu Verma.

At Aha!NOW, we remember and cherish their contributions to the community.

Top Referrer for The ABC for October

Taking part in the community activities is time consuming. We understand that this may not be possible for every Ahaian to participate actively, no matter how much they want to.

That is why we created another rewarding system, the AhaRefs.

AhaRefs means –  Aha!NOW referrals. Community members can refer member sign ups. However, to be eligible to be rewarded, they need to have a stipulated minimum balance of AhaPoints.

The top referrer of the AhaRefs leaderboard topper of October won the opportunity to host an Ad on Aha!NOW that is worth $75.

He is Ahaian Swadhin Agrawal from India. Congratulations Swadhin!

Ahaian Swadhin Agrawal

Swadhin blogs at http://digitalgyd.com/ . It is a digital guide to various topics related to social media, related strategies, tech & gadget, and blogging resources.

He is passionate about tech things and gadgets and that is why he is developing his blog as a leading tech and social media weblog.

His blog is committed to serve its readers with consumer technology and topics related to the Internet, information technology, and productive stuffs found over the vast web services.

Swadhin is also a freelance writer, and takes writing assignments on tech and all other topics.

Prizes for This Month: In November, both the AhaPoints and AhaRef leaderboard toppers win a guest posting opportunity and the runner-up gets the $75 Ad slot on Aha!NOW respectively.

Special Mention for Special Members

All Aha!NOW Blog community members are precious, but some of them get special attention for their special acts.

While all Ahaians are well-wishers of the ABC, a few have expressed their love by writing dedicated posts about the ABC on their own blogs.

I want to honor and thank them from the bottom of my heart for doing so. Here are the honorable special ABC members:

Nisha Pandey: She was the first to write exclusively about the ABC on her post titled “Get Your Blogging Career on Track with Community Feature @Aha!NOW

Swadhin Agrawal: We were humbled to read his post titled “Nine reasons why Aha now blogging community is better than Facebook

Ikechi Awazie: He wrote an inspiring account of the ABC in his post titled “Be An Inspiration: ABC Is The Next Big Thing In Social Networks

Thank you lovely Ahaians for your adorable posts. 🙂 Such special acts will always get special mention in the GEMS posts.

Hidden GEMs of Aha!NOW – The Commenting Stars

I mentioned this before and I stick to my words – all commentators are the hidden gems of Aha!NOW.

In the month of October, Aha!NOW received 437 comments from 160 bloggers. Out of them, the Top 30 October commentators are:

  Harshajyoti Das56 awesome comments.
  Nisha Pandey41 awesome comments.
  Ravi Chahar16 awesome comments.
  Lorraine Reguly14 awesome comments.
  Chery Schmidt8 awesome comments.
  Dr. Nicolas Rao8 awesome comments.
  Swadhin Agrawal. 7 awesome comments.
  Don Purdum. 6 awesome comments.
  Neamat Tawadrous6 awesome comments.
  Yvonne I. Wilson6 awesome comments.
  Mi Muba6 awesome comments.
  Donna merrill5 awesome comments.
  Corina Ramos5 awesome comments.
  Maxwell Ivey5 awesome comments.
  Liz McGee5 awesome comments.
  Lisa thomson5 awesome comments.
  Ikechi Awazie5 awesome comments.
  Oloyede Jamiu5 awesome comments.
  Angela McCall5 awesome comments.
  Carolyn Nicander Mohr4 awesome comments.
  Rahul Krishnan4 awesome comments.
  Babanature4 awesome comments.
  Mathi4 awesome comments.
  Adrienne4 awesome comments.
  Balroop Singh4 awesome comments.
  Carol Amato. 4 awesome comments.
  Erik Emanuelli4 awesome comments.
  Rohan Chaubey4 awesome comments.
  Jens-Petter Berget3 awesome comments.
  Sylviane Nuccio3 awesome comments.
This list was generated by MyCommentAuthors

Thank you the Top 30 commentators and all the other commentators who visit Aha!NOW and spend their valuable time, share their thoughts, and appreciate our efforts.

I even salute the readers and visitors of Aha!NOW, who probably do not comment, but read and appreciate everything in their hearts. Thank you all the invisible supporters of Aha!NOW for you make this blog what it is today.

Another Landmark Yet Miles To Go

Lastly, this is the 250th post on Aha!NOW – this landmark achievement took about 4 years! (We complete 4 full years in December!)

I know that you might be amazed that it has been only this many posts. 🙂

Another landmark is that the ABC membership has crossed the mark of 100 already, and all of them are ‘real’ people!

There are more than 100 registered members and the count is increasing day by day.

We’re reaching it slow and steady with all your love and support. Thank you.

With Thanksgiving approaching soon now, we have each one of you to thank and be grateful to 🙂

We love this awesome community, are you already a part of it?

Share Your Thoughts:

What do you think about the GEMs of Aha!NOW? Do you like to be part of a blog community? What do you look for in a blog community?



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  1. Tamara Leavitt

    December 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I love the idea of true gems in a community blog because we can learn from each other and we are all benefited.Have the best of days! Keep up the good work!

  2. Adrienne

    November 21, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Hey Vinay,

    Sorry I’m SO late getting by here but 250th post, that’s amazing. It’s been that many already? My how time does fly by.

    That’s also great that you now have 100 registered members and we both know that number will continue to grow. I will tell you that the only reason I’m not a member is that I can’t devote the time to it and I don’t like joining things that I can’t commit to. But I know it’s awesome because I know who is behind it and you guys are doing a fabulous job.

    Hats off to everyone here that you mentioned and again I’m so sorry I haven’t been by here as much as I had hoped in the last few months. Now that my product is out I’m hoping that I won’t have as much on my plate although I’ll still have a pretty busy end to this year. I hope to pick things back up and get by here more often though. I love what you and Harleena share.

    Great post and my congratulations to everyone mentioned and again to reaching yet another milestone.

    ~Adrienne

    • Vinay Kachhara

      November 21, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Hi Adrienne,

      Better late than never! 🙂

      Yes, time flies. Though I guess judging by the duration, there aren’t that many posts on Aha!NOW as what should’ve been. But even then, Aha!NOW has risen, which proves that the number of posts do not matter that much – its the engagement that matters most.

      Same way, having 100+ members in the ABC isn’t much, but the interaction and engagement of these few people is probably more than that of the communities that have thousands of members, of which most of them are just silent or sleeping members.

      Honestly, we do not want the numbers to grow exponentially – we want to go slow and steady. Instead of 10 more members, we would prefer one quality member. Regarding you being a member, we really don’t mind if you cannot commit for regular interaction or engagement. We do have a special place for superstars and would love you to be a member of the ABC elite group! 🙂

      I know you’ve been busy and I understand its not possible to go and comment on all the posts of the blogging buddies. In spite of that, I so very much appreciate that you could make it here. I wish you all the best with your product and its promotion, and we don’t mind you leveraging the ABC if you want. 😉

      Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend ahead.

      • Adrienne

        November 21, 2014 at 9:45 am

        Thanks Vinay,

        Even with taking vacations this is still a great number of posts.

        I’m with you as far as the number in your community. Quality over quantity, that’s what I go for every time.

        Ah, I appreciate that and didn’t realize you had an “elite group” but I certainly don’t want any special treatment. See that’s what I’m saying, I wouldn’t be much of a quality contributor right now and with me working on my product my head has been down. I don’t want to just take up space. I love to be a part of the community so I’ll give that some serious consideration. Thank you for sharing that with me.

        I appreciate your well wishes too, it’s been a very exciting week for me. I’m like a new Mom and I can’t wait to teach my children something new and helpful. I’m having a blast.

        Thanks again and you two have a wonderful weekend.

        ~Adrienne

        • Vinay Kachhara

          November 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

          Adrienne, I agree with you.

          We don’t have the elite group as yet, but we’ve the plans to have it soon. Of course, take your time to think it over.

          I read a quote once somewhere that a mother is equal to thousand headmasters. You’re the one – one superstar to take on all the so-called blogging gurus. 😉

          Enjoy the excitement, Harleena and I are so happy for you!

          • Adrienne

            November 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm

            Why thank you SO much, I’m truly touched! You two are the best.

            ~Adrienne

  3. Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    November 17, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Wow, congratulations on 250 posts here at Aha-Now! Not only do you offer quantity, you offer quality as well. You tackle the tough topics and bring valuable information and resources to your readers.

    I am very proud to be a GEM again here as you and your blog are certainly gems in the blogosphere, Harleena!

    • Vinay Kachhara

      November 21, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Hi Carolyn,

      You’ve been among the most encouraging and loyal supporters of Aha!NOW. Thank you for your good wishes and kind words.

      I’ll definitely pass on the message to Harleena. I’d love you to be a part of the ABC Core group, do let me know your thoughts on it.

      Thank you for referring to Harleena and Aha!NOW as the gems of the blogosphere – only a gem can do that! 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and I’m sorry for this late reply. Enjoy your weekend ahead!

  4. Carol Amato

    November 14, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Happy Anniversary!!! Congratulations to Ravi, well done!!

    Harleena and Vinay: You have a wonderful site, and I appreciate the mention. I’m back home and on my regular schedule now, so you’ll see more of me.

    Thanks for all the value you provide and for being so encouraging to others, especially beginners – I see you doing that a lot, and I appreciate it.

    Have a great weekend. 🙂

    – Carol

    • Vinay Kachhara

      November 21, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Hi Carol,

      So good to hear from you. And its even better when its all good words!

      We wish to provide opportunities for all to grow, new and even the seasoned bloggers.

      Thank you for you love and support. Sorry that this reply comes a bit late. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend ahead yourself!

  5. Ngwu Chinedu Joseph

    November 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Sir Vinay and Madam Harleena,

    I have been away for some time and never knew that something like this was on ground.

    Yes, I am part of this community and I can attest to the wonderful happenings in this particular family. Ever since I joined this community, blogging have been fun – I met wonderful people, I learnt a great deal and I believe that more goodies are yet to come.

    Congratulations on this wonderful achievement, congratulations to the winners who were awarded and mentioned as well.
    Long live ABC!!!
    Do have a wonderful day ahead.

  6. Angela McCall

    November 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Vinay,

    Thank you for the mention. 🙂

    Congratulations for being this long on the internet. Happy Anniversary to aha-now.com. You guys have created tremendous value to the internet. You guys are wonderful model for all bloggers.

    Also congratulations to Ravi. Wow!!! That ergotron desk is sure a very nice one to have. I don’t mind having one myself.

    Also, congratulations to your new forum, this community is going stronger each day. Keep up the good work and have a great weekend to you & Harleena.

    God bless,
    Angela

    • Ravi Chahar

      November 14, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Hi Angela,

      Thanks for congratulating me and all other winners.:)
      You are right about Ergotron workstation. It will be fun to use it. It will help me to work properly. It provide comfort while working.
      Thanks to Harleena for this giveaway.
      I enjoy a lot in this blog community and feel like home.
      Thanks for your kind words.
      Hope you are enjoying your day.:)
      ~Ravi

  7. Barbara

    November 11, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Hi Harleena,

    Wow! I didn’t know all of this was going on! Congratulations on your great success with your blogging community. This is the first I’ve heard of it…where have I been?

    Yes I would love to be a part of a blog community. I’ve tried joining a few, but the interaction is limited. I guess it’s about finding the right one and I’ve only had success in one. I love this idea and it’s a great thing where so many active members are working toward one goal.

    Thanks so much for sharing this. Is there room in your blog community for one more? 🙂

    Great achievement in blogging, in bloggers joining your community and in your success. Continued success to you.

    Regards,
    Barbara

  8. Mustafa Gaziani

    November 9, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Hi Vinay,

    WOW, I don’t believe you’re such an awesome man who giveaway things to motivate newbie bloggers. I really inspired from your this act.
    Want to say Congratulate to all those who won this giveaway. of AHA GEMS of October.

    I’m a member of this community for last 3 weeks. Believe me, this community is one of the best community which I’ve seen in my blogging journey. Whenever I log in to AHA now community I feel a home environment here. All the members of this community are very cooperative.

    I’m enjoying sharing my thoughts and comment on other bloggers wonderful post in this community.

    Thank you guys you’re working very hardly and wanna appreciate you for your this effort.

    -Mustafa

  9. Harish Kumar

    November 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Vinay!
    Thanks for this wonderful post. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! My heartiest congratulations to all the AHA GEMS of October! I am so proud of every single one of them! I have only recently joined the AHA forums and begun interacting with everyone here. I must say that I am completely blown away by the amazing engagement and enthusiasm of the members and participants here. I am very glad that I found this amazing community of people and bloggers. The discovery of AHA is my GEM for this year! 🙂

    I am also very impressed by the engagement that is being generated by the giveaways, leaderboards and the GEM mentions. I think it is very generous and it is also creating wonderful engagement and inspiration among the participants. There is always something new and interesting to learn here at ABC and I commend Harleena and your efforts to keep this community running smoothly. A BIG thanks to you both! Also, a big thank you to all the members and participants who put in a great effort and shared their best work and comments with all of us. You rock!

    To a great future!
    Harish

  10. Reginald Chan

    November 6, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Hey Vinay and Harleena,

    Oh wow, a nice round up again! Keep up the good job and have an awesome day!
    ~Reginald

  11. Sylviane Nuccio

    November 6, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Hi Vinay,

    Congrats to all the winners and I barely made it 🙂 I used to be on top, but some things have changed in my life lately and it’s been tougher to comment as much.

    I also hope that Harleena gets back here soon 🙂 but I understand totally.

    Thanks for sheering the readers.

  12. Neamat Tawadrous

    November 6, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Hi Vinay and Harleena,

    Great Post and a wonderful and unique way for rewarding your community members. Awesome job. I will work on being more active here.

    My sincere Congratulations goes out to all the four Big winners here on your blog, Ravi Chahar, Ikechi Awazie, Sasidhar Kareti and Swadhin Agrawal. You are indeed the great gems here.

    I am very grateful to be part of your amazing community and I will make the time to be more active here. And I want to thank you for the mention as well.

    Thanks Vinay and Harleena for a great share and for all what you do to your community. You are Awesome!! Enjoy the rest of your week.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat

    • Ravi Chahar

      November 6, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Hi Neamat,

      Thanks for your warm wishes for all of the winners.
      All have worked so hard to achieve their goal and for sure Ikechi, Swadhin, Sasidhar and all other members should be appreciated.
      Being a part of this community I feel great and hopefully it will goes like this only. Many people should be connected in this community so that we all can share thoughts.
      Thanks a lot.
      Have a nice day.:)
      ~Ravi

  13. Don Purdum

    November 6, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Hi Harleena,

    What a great way to reward your most loyal users. Congrats to each one. I’ve been blessed at one time or another by each one who has visited my site, commented on my blog, and brought some great ideas to the table to think about.

    Congratulations again and I’m so glad I can play a small part in your growing community Harleena.

    Have a great finish to your week!

    ~ Don

  14. donna merrill

    November 6, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Hi Vinay and Harleena!

    What a great milestone for AHA Now! This is a amazing community with amazing people! My heart is filled with joy as this community grows. I am so honored to be part of it.

    I would also like to congratulate Ravi – have fun with your new toy! You deserve a break.

    -Donna

    • Ravi Chahar

      November 6, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Hi Donna,

      Thanks for congratulating me.:)
      There are many things to learn from this community. Harleena has worked so hard for this. We all are the part of this amazing community and there are many other people here with whom we can connect.
      Yeah! I will enjoy this giveaway.
      ~Ravi

  15. Dennis Seymour

    November 5, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I guess I’ll just beg for one from Harleena so you get to enjoy your new work area 🙂

    Haha. Yeah, enjoying it so far. Thanks!

  16. Dennis Seymour

    November 5, 2014 at 8:33 am

    This is awesome Vinay.

    Congratulations Ravi. You better make the most of that desk or Ill come and take it from you! haha

    Great looking community and I hope to get to know everyone here better. I’ll try my best to squeeze in as much time as possible here because it looks really fun! 🙂

    • Ravi Chahar

      November 5, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Hi Dennis,

      You can try it may be we both can have fun with this work station.:)
      Thanks a lot Dennis.:) You know there are many people here with whom you can connect and for sure it will be fun to know about them.
      Here at AHA you can get many things to learn and share your thoughts.
      Enjoy your stay.:)
      ~Ravi

  17. Sasidhar Kareti

    November 5, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Hi Nisha Madam,

    Thank you for your wishes and it is truly motivating. I should thank Vinay sir for revealing the curtain behind my blog name while specifying it. Seems like he have done a good research on my blog to know about it better.

    Thank you very much. Have a nice day!




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GEMS Of Aha!NOW – November 2014

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