If you are a blogger, this might be quite useful. If you are an aspiring blogger, this might also be useful. If you aren’t a blogger you might find it interesting so why not stick around?
A big part of blogging is. A HUGE part of blogging is the promoting. We see it time and time again. Someone says I’ve started a blog but no one is reading it. The truth to the point is though is that no one knows you exist so it doesn’t matter how brilliant your content is no one will ever find it if you don’t promote it.
One such avenue to promote in is the wonderful world of a Linky Party. Bloggers, who are partly crazy, host a linky party inviting other bloggers onto their blog to link up blog posts. In return they give you a set of rules to spend time reading and commenting on other people blogs. In sharing the love of linkys people will end up reading and interacting with your blog.
Why would you want to cut back on Blogging Linkys?
It’s not that you don’t want to cut back, there are hundreds of different parties out there and to be honest, some are pretty amazing. Some are really addictive. The trouble is that precious word called time. It takes time to read and comment on everyone’s blog.
I have approx 15-20 parties I like to take part in, on top of this I host my own. Did I not mention #FamilyFun? Each party normally has a minimum blog read of 4 and I always flick through and read a few more. I read everyone that links to #FamilyFun so we’re looking at a 150 blogs to read a week. What? 150, yes, it can take me an hour to read 8 blogs properly so the best part of 19 hours devoted to reading blogs. Crazy huh?
Nope, it’s time to cut back, I love taking part but it’s just not possible to keep up this level of partying every week.
How to Cut Back on Linky Parties
- Firstly set yourself a limit of how many you will join in each week.
- Then write a list of all the Linkys you like to join in on.
- Put a mark next to ones you love the most.
- Time to organise them into a weekly rota.
For example; I have limited myself to 5 linkys a week. I have a list of 15 I love to do. 5 I love the most.
- The ones you love the most you are going to alternate each week.
- The ones you want to do but can’t do regularly are going to split out evenly around the rota.
It takes a bit of playing about but for my example above I have a six week rota that looks like this:
The time it takes to prioritse is worth it in the end. You still get to take part in some of your favourite linky parties but not every week. If I have a bit of spare time I pop by the hosts blog to share a little bit of the love.
There are new parties that are popping up all the time and it’s great to take part and experience new blogs. As you can see from my list above I’ve left in 2 spare weeks where I might just extend my love a little further!
Hope that helps, and I hope that helps explain my absence to some of my favourite hosts?