This is the first “Gregarious and Engaging Member Spotlight” (GEMS) post of ABC of 2015, along with a free giveaway for all of you.
Aha!NOW and the Aha!NOW Blog Community (ABC) wishes you and all its gems, a very happy and prosperous New year!
Yes, you too can be a gem, if you aren’t yet. Gems are the active members of the ABC.
No matter whether they are big or small, whatever color they possess and wherever they come from – all gems are precious.
So are you, and all the Ahaians, who are SO precious to us.
They come from all over the world, belong to different walks of life and religion, and are of all colors.
At the ABC, they are all equal. They have equal rights and opportunities. The only aspect that differentiates them is their performance on the ABC.
An Overview of Contents
The New GEMS Grading Of The ABC
Recently, I posted a forum topic where I talked of life as a game, and that it has different levels and stages.
You may contribute your views to that topic here. But we believe in karma, and that it is instrumental in placing us at different strata’s in life.
The legacy continues on the ABC, and the principle of grading is applied here as well.
We’ve created levels, stages, and ranks to reward the Ahaians based on their karma or performance at the ABC.
If you want to know more about the new grading system at the ABC, visit the community page.
No matter at what level, stage, or rank you are in the community, you remain a gem or a precious Ahaian, if you are an active member.
All gems are equal in terms of abilities and capabilities. However, the more active the members, the more precious they become.
You too can become a precious gem of the ABC. It’s simple – just take part in the community activities after registering here.
New Badges For The ABC Gems
Starting this year, we have badges for all the active Ahaians.
There will be a badge for every level and stage of the ABC. Ahaians will also receive badges on the basis of their performance in the community.
These badges will be displayed in the member profiles and in the forum activities. You will be able to see the stage badges on the leaderboards of different levels.
If you want to know more about the new badging system at the ABC, visit the community page.
Leader Board Topper And The Winner of A Guest Post on Aha!NOW
Talking of the gems, it’s time to felicitate the champions of the previous month, who made the most contributions on the ABC.
As Harleena had revealed in her fourth blog anniversary post, the Aha Gems leaderboard winner in December 2014 was Abrar Mohi Shafee from Bangladesh.
Abrar blogs at BloggingSpell. He is a 17-year old passionate blogger, who writes about “How to blog” and related content.
As the leaderboard topper, he received the one-year premium subscription of Grammarly worth $140 from the ABC and Grammarly, as a free giveaway.
The runners-up of the leaderboard was Nathaniel Kidd of United States.
Nathaniel blogs at FrugalSoldier. He is a retired soldier helping you fight debt and grow wealth.
If you want to get out of debt, or are looking for awesome frugal deals online, then do visit Nathaniel’s informative blog.
He also earned the opportunity to guest post on Aha!NOW.
In fact, his guest post is scheduled for Friday, 16th January 2015, so do remember to come back to read his fantastic guest post.
Nathaniel also won the opportunity to start his own Group on the ABC. He is now the group admin of the new “Frugal Living” group on the ABC.
More GEMs of the ABC
There were more Ahaians who were quite active on the ABC and contributed a lot.
Larry Frank from Nigeria, who blogs at FlowingTechBlog, was among the top gems for the second consecutive month.
Sivaramakrishnan from KeenBlogger, and Navneet Teotia from TechFerb, both from India, were also among the top gems of December 2014.
The GEMS post is incomplete without the commenting gems of Aha!NOW.
The Top 40 December 2014 commentators of Aha!NOW are:
|Abrar Mohi Shafee|
|Philip Verghese Ariel|
|Carolyn Nicander Mohr|
|Nikshep D Apasangi|
|Victor Ome Umukoro|
Thank you all the commentators who visit Aha!NOW and share their wisdom with everybody.
Grateful Mentions of the ABC
During the past month, the ABC was mentioned by a few bloggers in their blog posts.
Harleena and I are grateful for the mentions. They are:
Rohan Chaubey wrote a post on the ABC titled – 5 Reasons To Join Aha!Now ABC Community – In fact, his post speaks more about the ABC than we have done as yet.
Sasidhar Kareti mentioned the ABC in his 2nd blog anniversary post – Amfas Tech turns 2 today: An open letter to all our readers.
I hope you stop by at their blogs and read their wonderful posts.
Winner of a FREE Ad Space on Aha!NOW
Probably you did not know, but the Group Admins at the ABC get free adspace to display their 125×125 button Ad banner on Aha!NOW.
You too can top the ABC leaderboard, win a guest post, and graduate from being a simple gem to a grad gem – a Group Admin (Grad).
The following Ahaians, who have written wonderful guest posts earlier, have earned the privilege to display their Ad banners on Aha!NOW:
Yvonne I. Wilson, Group Admin of the Family Life Network group
Ikechi Awazie, Group Admin of the Be An Inspiration group
Rohan Chaubey, Group Admin of the Tech Tricks group
These wonderful Ahaians do a wonderful job with their groups. Do visit their groups for specific and specialized discussions.
We also started Group Forums, which enables the group members to have enhanced group discussions on their favorite niche and topics.
FREE Giveaway of January For The Aha!NOW Readers And The ABC Members
I know you are eager to know what’s in store for you this month on the ABC.
The FREE giveaway this month is sponsored by Icegram.
It is the ultimate WordPress plugin to capture leads and call your audience to action.
To know more about what Icegram offers, make a visit to their site and know all about it.
Every blogger needs the goodies that Icegram offers. I’ll be trying out their products and services, and would soon come up with a review post.
Icegram has been kind enough to offer you a dozen giveaways this month. And, as always, there is also the Aha!NOW guest post reward.
The Aha Gems Leaderboard
The topper wins the Guest Post on Aha!NOW as well as the FREE annual subscription to the Icegram Super Bundle, worth $49.
(Superbundle consists of any useful Icegram premium extensions and add-ons. Know more about them here.)
The runner-up of the Aha Gems leaderboard also earns a guest post on Aha!NOW.
The top gems at the 3rd, 4th, and 5th ranks of this leaderboard will get one year FREE subscription to any one premium Icegram addon of their choice, worth from $7 to $25.
The Aha Grads Leaderboard
The most active Group Admin or the topper of this leaderboard wins the FREE one year subscription of the Icegram Super Bundle, worth $49.
The top grads leaderboard runner-up will get a FREE annual subscription to any one premium add-on Icegram of their choice, worth $7 to $25.
The Aha!NOW Commenters
There are giveaways for non-ABC members and the Aha!NOW commenters.
There will be 6 one year FREE annual subscriptions to one Icegram premium add-on worth from $7 to $25, given to the commenters of the Icegram review post that will be published this month on 22nd January.
Look out for more details on the review post. Don’t miss it!
That’s the January giveaway at Aha!NOW and the ABC. Hope you are happy with this start of the New Year!
I’d suggest that you download Icegram, which is a FREE WordPress plugin with many features that you can use for lifetime.
This way you can learn more about the premium add-ons that you’ll earn for FREE as a giveaway here.
We are going to make Aha!NOW and the ABC better and bigger. If you wish to join the ABC and be a part of the active forum and community, register here.
Harleena and I thank you for all your cooperation and support.
We also look forward to your ideas and suggestions to help you provide better service and value for your time.
Over To You –
What are your thoughts on the latest additions on Aha!NOW and the ABC? What more changes or features do you want to see here? Have you joined the ABC? If not, then what’s stopping you from doing so? Share your views in the comments. 🙂
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