How It Works

Blogophilia – How It Works!!!

It is an honor and pleasure to have you join in our writing group. First, we need to explain how it all works so that we would all be able to write comfortably together. Every Sunday morning a new challenge is posted for the week. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a blog including the prompts provided for points (detailed below). There are basically ‘no holds’ to what you’d like to write, except the obvious, i.e., no personal bashing (we get the rant blog every now and then but absolutely NO personal bashing), no politics, no vulgarity… you get the point. We keep a friendly community here and would like it to stay that way. You have been warned!!

Below is an explanation as to the weekly challenges.

Writing in our weekly challenge:


The Martien aka Marvin House awards points for writing in our weekly challenge. Topics, bonuses and pictures are submitted by the writers themselves. The writer(s) with the most points at the end of the week wears our lovely black leather jacket, and at the end of the Season, the Champion wears the green leather jacket!


Points awarded for a written blog:

Topic: 5 points
(writing a blog for the challenge week)

Hard Bonus: 2 points

Easy Bonus: 1 point
Incorporating the two bonuses earn up to 3 points

If you have completed the above, you will be scored 5 pts + 2 pts + 1 pt = 8 points (on a regular weekly blog save for special occasions in which case an announcement is made)

A full 8 points are awarded provided the blog meets every challenge for the given week. Any item dropped from the prompts are, of course, not awarded full points, i.e., writer writes a blog but does not use the bonuses, they would earn 5 points but no bonus points. Writer uses only one bonus and leaves the other out means points for just the bonus used.


Good!! But WAIT! There’s more ……..


The GUESSING game:

Aside from the regular points above, extra points are awarded when the writer guesses correctly WHO submitted the Topic and/or Picture (of that particular week challenge).

You are allowed one guess for topic owner and one guess for picture owner.

No need to guess the who submitted the BONUS suggestions. Seriously.

In addition, Martien awards even more points for guessing the PICTURE WORD/PHRASE!

This is the only category where you are allowed up to TEN (10) guesses for the picture phrase only and the guesses must be listed on your blog for that week!


Points Structure for both TOPIC and PICTURE submitters and correct guessers:

receive 6 pts if no one guesses them

1 correct guess= submitter and guesser receive 4 pts each
2 correct guessers= 3 pts each
3+correct guessers=2 pts each

PICTURE WORD/PHRASE guesses are slightly different:

6 pts for a single correct guesser;
4 pts each for two correct guessers;
3 pts each for 3 correct guessers;
2 pts each for 4 or more correct guessers.
PLUS an additional 1 pt for INCLUDING
the pic phrase within the blog content.


Now that Facebook notes are in the process of being disabled, the detailed weekly writing challenge will only be posted on WordPress as of November 8, 2020.  We will still maintain a presence on Facebook.  Writers should write their blog on their chosen site (WordPress, Blogger, etc) or using their preferred format (Google Docs, etc)  and then post the link to their blog on Facebook at the Martien Ecrits Facebook page or the Ecrits Blogophilia Facebook group:

We will do our best to follow and subscribe to every blog here on WordPress, but it is VERY important for now to post your blog link over on Facebook so we don’t miss your write!

ALSO….. YOU earn an extra point just for blogging each consecutive week!!


Busy Life? Ran out of time? No Internet connection???? You will be happy to know that we accept missed deadline postings. However, only the regular points for the challenges are awarded. No guesses are accepted.



We are only able to feature ONE TOPIC per WRITER per SEASON ~~~ as well as ONE PICTURE per WRITER per SEASON. This way, hopefully everyone gets a shot at our coveted leather!!

About twice a year, we ask for submissions of prompts (topics, bonus suggestions and pictures).  Writers are encourage to privately send these in to be used in future writing challenges – and that is how you score those extra points indicated above!

Any questions? Please submit them in the comments below or in box us or post them in the weekly challenges, and someone in the Martien House will get back to you!  We appreciate your patience in the Facebook transition and hope you continue to enjoy our wonderful writing group – tell your friends!

Thanks very much!!

Martien Ecrits House