Thursday, January 5, 2017

Answering Those Important Questions...

about link-ups. :)

I thought the title might get people thinking it was a really juicy topic.  hahaha!

I want to start this post by saying that I'm by no means a blogging expert.  :)  Please know I'm not at all saying that.  But I get e-mails about this subject a lot and thought maybe a post would help a lot of newbies.  I was there once so I totally get it.

The questions are usually...

"How do I link-up with you?"

"Is it okay if I link-up with you?"

"Can I join your link-up?"

"I blogged about the topic, but don't know what to do now  Can you help?."

All great questions and I was in your place at one time as well so I totally understand.

Bloggers create link-ups hoping (and sometimes even praying) others will join them.  A link-up is kind of like an invitation to join.  At the bottom of the post on the hosts' page there should be a button of some sort that says, "Add your blog to the link-up".  If you're reading a blog that just participates in a link-up then the button won't be on their page.  You have to click over to a hosts' page.  If you want to join the link-up then you'd click "Add your blog to the link-up" to add your blog's information.  It really is easy.

This is me, so if I can do it.  I know you can.  :)

A few things about link-ups...
*It's nice to link back to the people hosting the link-up.  For example, when you state who you're linking up to just add their link.
*It's also a great way to find new blogs to read and potentially some new blogger friends to collaborate with.

In my blogging calendar each month the first thing I write down is all the link-ups I'm going to participate in.  To see it visually really helps me start brainstorming the other posts I can plan.  Here are a few link-ups I'm co-hosting this year...
Friday Favorites-every Friday Narci, Andrea, and I invite you to blog your favorites.  It can be anything-favorite moments of the week, favorite books, favorite outfit, favorite thing you read.  We'd love for you to join us!


 Workin' It-Once a month, Shay and I are trading in our deserted island for us to share how we "work it" in real life. From spring cleaning to holiday sanity, we'll be sharing it.  The second Wednesday of every month we invite you to join us.

These are the monthly topics for the link-up.


Andrea and I have a fun new link-up planned for the last Monday of the month.  We'll be sharing more soon.  She's putting the finishing touches on the graphic and then we'll let you know the details.

If you're like me, it's easier if you see it all written down.  I recommend choosing several, getting them on your calendar, and linking-up this year!

I can't keep track of all the link-ups going on, but I'd LOVE for you to share a link-up you host in the comments.  Then all of us planning for the new year can add some new link-ups to the calendar.

And I've shared a few other blogging posts in the past...

Also if I didn't answer your question, please comment and let me know.  :)

Here's to lots of fun link-ups in 2017!  XOXO

24 comments:

Leslie said...

Link ups are my favorite! It's such an easy way to find people that you wouldn't have otherwise found. Great post. :)

Mix and Match Mama said...

Yes! I get these questions too! I'm glad you addressed the answers today. The Friday Favorite link up is my very favorite of yours and I'm super pumped to start our new one next week!!!

KW0410 said...

Oh I am super excited about the workin' it series!! Great idea!!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

I liked LINK UP 101!

Erika Slaughter said...

I couldn't agree more!!

Erika Slaughter said...

Me too!!!

Erika Slaughter said...

Thank you! It'll be a fun year!

Erika Slaughter said...

Hahaha! Thanks! When you first begin there are so many questions. Right? Hope this helps.

kelly said...

This Is Very Helpful INFO For newbies. I don't blog but I've often wondered what it entails... Time commitment etc.

Narci said...

Great information! I love our Friday Favorites link up, and I can't wait to linkup with Workin it Wednesday next week! So fun!

kimm atwood said...

Link ups are my favorite !

Deena - Shoes to Shiraz said...

I have met some of the coolest bloggers through link ups. I do a month review on the first Monday of the month but you have to use numbers, feel free to join! http://shoestoshiraz.com/2017/01/month-review-in-numbers-2.html

Erika Slaughter said...

I'm hoping it helped. :). Thank you!

Erika Slaughter said...

Me too!

Erika Slaughter said...

:)

Erika Slaughter said...

Thanks for sharing!

Megan @ Letting In The Light Blog said...

Love love love link-ups! Working It sounds like a fun new idea. Happy linking!

http://www.lettinginthelightblog.com

dresselfamily.blogspot.com said...

This came at the perfect time. After going back and forth I decided to start a blog. I love blogs, I feel like it's the greatest little community!.. thanks for sharing this ☺

Johannah Sirois said...

I just love this blogging community =)

I host a Monday linkup, simply titled, hello Monday.
http://johannahsirois.blogspot.com/2016/12/hello-monday.html

I also co-host a once a month What We're Reading Wednesday. Our first linkup was yesterday =)
http://johannahsirois.blogspot.com/2017/01/what-were-reading-wednesday.html

Tara Usher said...

This was perfect timing!! I am just starting a blog and trying to learn the ropes. Thank you so much for this!

Tara
MommyinaNutshell.com

Ann Marie said...

Okay! I've never linked up :) before... I'm going to give this a shot!! Writing these on my calendar now!

mike-ann.blogspot.com

Perfectly Port said...

I love linkups and have met such fun people and visit their blogs regularly now! I host 10 on the 10th - this month is 10 random facts about you on January 10th!!!! Love your blog!

Amy Rae said...

I love link-ups! :) Is the What's Up Wednesday? link-up not going to be happening this year?

Amy @ http://befilledwithj0y.blogspot.com/

Erika Slaughter said...

Amy...Yes! That link-up is happening. I just don't host it so I didn't share. Thanks for asking though! I'll be linking up with Sheaffer, Shay, and Mel the last Wednesday of the month.