Hi Friends! Lately there has been a lot of debate in the blogging world about link parties and whether or not they are still necessary for blog growth or if they have just lost popularity in general. Today I am discussing why I still believe in link parties or weekly blog hops as they are sometimes called. Some of the larger blogs have stopped hosting link parties. Many of those parties have been around for over a decade, and as a blog link party host myself, I can understand the professional reasons why bloggers may choose not to host parties after such a lengthy period of time. I know that it is a huge commitment and responsibility and the decision to stop hosting was surely not taken lightly. Still for many of us, link parties are a super fun way to showcase our own creativity or for readers to catch up on their favorite bloggers’ latest posts or find new blogs to explore. At the end of this post I have listed all of my favorite link parties as a resource.
I personally enjoy link parties both as a host and linking up my own blog posts at other parties. As long as I am blogging I will try to continue to host parties as I feel it is an integral part of the beauty of the blog world for bloggers and readers alike. Each weekend I look forward to enjoying some (link) party time!
The Value of Link Parties
Often times I am asked for advice by new bloggers or even established bloggers who are looking for growth. I always tell them about link parties and how important it is to get out there and mingle in the blog world! I cannot emphasize enough how important link parties have been in the success of my blog, both professionally and personally. Professionally I have gained followers and lots of exposure through numerous features. For example, my Spring Is In The Air Dough Bowl Display was recently featured at Inspiration Monday and I had a lot of traffic and referrals from the party.
You can write a blog post and post it on your blog, but only your subscribers or friends and family might ever see it. When you link up several link parties throughout the week on a consistent basis, you are reaching hundreds if not thousands of potential readers who might just click on that little thumbnail to see your latest DIY, recipe or craft post.
Thursday Favorite Things Features at Katherine’s Corner
Each week the hosts of blog parties will feature their favorite posts from the previous week’s party. Every time one of my posts has been featured I have seen a significant increase in traffic and have gained new followers. As a host I like to feature ten of my favorite posts from bloggers who link up each week at Thursday Favorite Things! It just doesn’t make sense not to link up if you are looking to gain exposure and new readers. Sometimes the post you link up at link parties will also be shared on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter feeds like this one, gaining you even more exposure that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. With social media shares the growth could be exponential.
Professional Partnerships and Lifetime Friendships
Through link parties I have met some of the most amazing bloggers and readers who have now become close personal friends. I took a chance and reached out to several bloggers that I admired and invited them to participate in blog hops or giveaways. Other bloggers emailed me to ask to join the blog hops I host. After a couple of years this group has become almost like family! Most of these bloggers I found through blog parties. Just like going to a real party in the real world with strangers and not knowing what to expect, linking up at a link party and visiting other blogs and commenting is like walking up to a stranger and saying “hello.”
You might be ignored or you just might not hit it off with that stranger. On the other hand, you might make a friend for life or even happen upon a new business opportunity. More often times the experience is positive and worth the chance. Best of all, you can link up in your pjs. No new party attire required!
Link Parties are Fun and Inspiring!
Most of all, I still believe in hosting and participating in link parties simply because they are fun and inspiring! Each week when I link up my latest posts I skim through all the thumbnails and click on several that catch my eye. I have discovered so many new blogs and have found inspiration from real people in the real world just like me! I don’t always have time to visit as many as I would like, but if I see a lot of posts I would like to explore I can always pin the party and go back and visit later.
Homestyle Gathering is one of the newest parties I am loving! There are some really beautiful blogs that have been linking up gorgeous inspiration every Wednesday!
If you are having a hard time to with your own blog schedule or are struggling to keep up with posts, then you might think that you don’t really have time to link up at parties either. When I first started blogging I was manually linking up to all of the parties that I possibly could and it literally was taking hours of my time throughout the week. Luckily I discovered Link Party Animal! This is an amazing FREE scheduling tool. You only have to take a few minutes to schedule all of your posts in one place and let the tool take care of the rest. You will have to pick out the parties you want to schedule to each week when your first set up your account, but afterward the automatic scheduler will take care of the rest. There are plenty of parties in different niches to add to your own personal list.
Also it is important to note that all of your favorite parties may not be linked up to Link Party Animal, so you still might have to visit a few parties and link up there. Of course you will want to visit your favorite parties (like Thursday Favortite Things!) each week to see what your hosts have been up to. If you are still struggling with your personal blogging schedule, there are plenty of great blog scheduling tips and downloads on Pinterest to explore.
My Favorite Link Parties
I would like to invite you to link up weekly at Thursday Favorite Things. The party begins every Thursday at 9:00 a.m. EST and runs through Sunday at midnight. I am forever grateful to our main host Katherine of Katherine’s Corner for allowing me to co-host this amazing party!
Below you will find a list of my favorite parties. What are you thoughts about link parties? If you are not a blogger do you still enjoy visiting the parties for inspiration? I love hearing from you dear readers!
Thanks for visiting today!
Sharing at these great link parties:
*The links are to the host’s home page. You can find more information about the times and days of each party there.