Blogging tips: 5 reasons you need linky love

linky love....

I’ve been blogging for nearly a whole year now (I know, I can’t believe it either!). And yet in all that time I’ve only recently started taking part in linky’s.

For those of you who think I’ve been so far behind the times…I have been. But – like many things in blogging – it is so easy to… a) miss these things, and b) not have the time to join in.

I’m now converted however. I LOVE a good linky.

Not only have they helped boost the number of people visiting my blog, they’ve also brought new blogs to me too.

What is a linky?…

A linky is a theme that one (or more) blogger(s) creates. They are usually run weekly or monthly. The blogger writes a post related to their theme (such as recipes) and anyone wanting to join in links up a post on that theme.

Linky’s can be broad topics such as parenting, or more in-depth like blogging tips, or quite simply be photographs with no words. Some linky’s are designed to just share your best posts!

Here are my 5 reasons why, as a blogger, I regularly join in with them:

1. It’s a great way of finding a diverse selection of blogs; ones that I may have not previously found via social media.

2. It helps other people see my blog and promote my blog further. It has increased the number of visits and comments on my blog.

3. It helps give me inspiration when I may be having a lack of it! Linky themes help focus my mind and get my creativity flowing!

4. They’ve helped me foster new friendships and relationships in blogging.

5. There’s no pressure to join in each week/month – especially if I’m busy and haven’t the time. It’s so flexible.

#SundayStars…

sundaystars

A few months ago, myself and some other bloggers decided to co-host one! We felt brave! We named it Sunday Stars. A chance to link up to x3 posts (old or new), share them and give them some love! It’s been such a success. We’re getting approximately 60+ blog posts linking up each week. Amazing really!

Some of my other favourite linky’s to take part in each week are the following (my list is ever growing though!):

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Point + Shoot by Snowing Indoors & You Baby Me Mummy (Tuesday)

My Captured Moment by Running in Lavender (Thursday)

OTHER:

Multiple Madness by Mami 2 Five (Tuesday)

Share With Me by Lets Talk Mommy (Wednesday)

The List by Mums Days & You Baby Me Mummy (Friday)

Happy Days by What Katy Said & Tiny Footsteps (Saturday)

The Ordinary Moments by Mummy Daddy Me (Sunday)

(…..to name but a few!)

I really love finding new linky’s and joining in with ones I find. My list is growing each week.

For a full list of all the blogging linky’s – Aby from the blog You Baby Me Mummy has worked hard to pull it all together. Please see it here.

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32 Comments

  1. Jess
    Author
    March 14, 2015 / 9:03 am

    Fab aren’t they? Especially for inspiration when I am struggling with post ideas!! 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Jess x

    • Jess
      Author
      March 14, 2015 / 10:36 am

      Thanks lovely! Me too now, totally converted and there’s some great ones out there! Am still finding them! Jess x

  2. March 14, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    I love linkys too. Sunday stars is definitely my favourite. X

    • Jess
      Author
      March 14, 2015 / 7:07 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂 We can’t believe how much of a hit it’s been!! Thanks for linking up Jess xx

  3. March 14, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with you – I LOVE linky’s, but I have only taken part in maybe 5 in total? I love that you shared your favourites though, I’m going to check them out and hopefully join in. 😀 Lovely post, darling. x

    • Jess
      Author
      March 15, 2015 / 11:51 am

      Oh fab – thanks, so glad you liked it. Good luck and enjoy linking up to more! Jess x

  4. March 14, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Thank you so much for including my Linky in your lovely round up.

    • Jess
      Author
      March 15, 2015 / 11:51 am

      You’re so welcome lovely. It’s so lovely and I always find some truly brilliant posts on there each week 🙂 Jess x

  5. March 14, 2015 / 11:36 pm

    5 great reasons to join in with linkys – I agree with all of these. Love the sense of community that comes from joining linkys regularly and they are great for helping give prompts for post ideas too 🙂

    • Jess
      Author
      March 15, 2015 / 11:50 am

      I do too, it’s me favourite part. Blogging really can feel lonely at times, unless you have great people around you to help and inspire! xx

  6. March 15, 2015 / 10:35 am

    Thank you so much for including our linky! xx

    • Jess
      Author
      March 15, 2015 / 11:49 am

      You’re so welcome lovely. You’re linky reaches out to so many people and is such a great idea xx

  7. March 15, 2015 / 11:16 am

    Ah thank you for including my Linky in this fab post!! I’m loving your blogging tips series xx

    • Jess
      Author
      March 15, 2015 / 11:49 am

      I couldn’t do a post about pinky’s and not include your amazing one. My Captured Moment is amazing. A lovely one xx

  8. March 15, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    Linkies do take up a lot of time, but they are great for driving traffic and joining in with the blogging community
    #sundaystars

    • Jess
      Author
      March 15, 2015 / 12:21 pm

      Yes agree. It’s hard finding time for EVERYTHING! But linky’s have definitely brought me traffic and enabled me to find great blogs 🙂 Jess x

  9. March 15, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    This is a great post. I’m a newbie and have found linkys invaluable in finding new blogs and interacting with the community. When I started I envisaged my blog fitting into a sort of health/food/fitness thing but through joining various linkys in the parenting community it’s just so welcoming I think maybe this is where me and my blog will stay! #sundaysstars

    • Jess
      Author
      March 15, 2015 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks – I felt the same. Good luck and I hope you find lots more to link up with! Jess x

    • Jess
      Author
      March 15, 2015 / 10:06 pm

      Thanks lovely 🙂 xx

  10. March 15, 2015 / 10:27 pm

    Great post, hope it encourages others to take part who haven’t before.

    Thank you for including Happy Days too. 🙂

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

    • Jess
      Author
      March 16, 2015 / 4:02 pm

      Thanks – no worries! Fab linky 🙂 Jess x

  11. March 16, 2015 / 12:35 am

    A great post which I’m sure will help others find the linky love. Thanks so much for including my little linky in your list xxx

    • Jess
      Author
      March 16, 2015 / 11:16 am

      You’re welcome. Including a linky for parents of multiples is brilliant and I’e found lots of twin blogs through it – Jess x

  12. Anna @BombardedMum
    March 16, 2015 / 11:56 am

    I have also been blogging for nearly a year and never done a linky!! Right, I’m trying one… Maybe Sunday Stars will be my first. Thanks for the motivation!

    • Jess
      Author
      March 16, 2015 / 12:30 pm

      Definitely – come and link up to Sunday Stars and we will show your posts lots of love!! Jess x

    • Jess
      Author
      March 21, 2015 / 4:33 pm

      Oh that sounds fab. Will do. Jess x

  13. April 16, 2015 / 12:37 pm

    So true not had time to post or join linkys this week. Blog views suffered because of it.

    • Jess
      Author
      April 16, 2015 / 12:40 pm

      Yes I definitely get a lot of traffic through linky’s. Thanks for commenting x

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