Happy Tuesday, y’all! Today I wanted to revisit a topic that we’ve talked a bit about before…the linkup. As you know, Cynthia, Mar and I cohost our fun Friday Five linkup each week and we love it. It’s a lot of fun and I’ve been introduced to many great blogs through our linkup. However, I think it’s not a bad idea to revisit the ever important topic of linkup etiquette.
- This is always my number one but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE turn off any kind of CAPTCHA or word verification you have for that one linked up post. Making folks jump through hoops to comment on your blog post is a big mistake and is WITHOUT A DOUBT loosing you comments. I understand (not really, but sure) if you can’t part with it for all your posts, but I’m pretty sure you can disable it for that one post. Please do so. As a host, I try my best to comment on each blog that links up (unless they don’t follow the rules…) and having to jump through extra hoops is very frustrating.
- Do not just drop and go. Linking up your post and not visiting any of the other posts linked up is really poor form. When I notice that bloggers are doing this, it leaves a really bad taste in my mouth. I don’t expect everyone to visit 40 blogs — however, when I’m visiting each blog and consistently see that only a handful of people are participating, it makes me less likely to make it a point to drop in on the bloggers who aren’t really participating during the other days of the week. Visit at least one or two other new blogs – it won’t take that long and you just might find a new favorite.
- Share ideas! Real talk, it is HARD coming up with topic ideas each week. The three of us spend a lot of time brainstorming and kicking ideas back and forth. If you have a great idea for a linkup topic, share it with your hosts! Guarantee they’d love to hear it.
- Give feedback. On the same note, I recently noticed that it was hard for some of our regular linkuppers to post when we didn’t announce a topic until midweek. We totally get that and while we can’t promise we’ll always have a topic days in advance, we’ve worked hard the past couple weeks to put the topic out at least five days in advance. You can always find the topic on my linkup page here – if it’s not updated yet, that means we’re still figuring it out. We would love to have topics picked for months in advance but we’re just not there yet. However, the DC Trifecta is getting together this weekend so, fingers crossed we’ll get some of the next few weeks figured out.
What would you add to this list??