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Blog hops and link parties – blogging tips

May 22, 2014


Blogging is not just about showing your pretty frocks, it is also about sharing and communicating with others and creating a community with other fellow bloggers – you will not only meet new people and make new friends but also gain more visibility for your blog.

Knowing this, it is important to participate and contribute, and a great way of doing this is by organizing or joining link-ups for other bloggers. As there are more and more of these available, I started losing track of all of them. I am sure I am not alone in this so here is a little list I compiled of a few bloghops and link-ups anyone can join. Some will have a theme and be quite flexible, others a bit more specific. Regardless, I am sure you will find a few you can join in and have fun! So get sharing!

Shoe Shine Tuesday Ephemera – every other Saturday of every month – share the shoes that make you shine.

Hat Attack –  The Style Crone – 1st of each month – share your headgear , hats scarves, or anything else you adorn your pretty head with.

Secondhand First The Citizen Rosebud – Every Friday – Show your second hand finds and outfits. Share on Social media using the tag #SecondHandFirst

Shiny T Tuesday – Flight Platform Living – first Tuesday of Every Month – Share what makes you shine.

Pick-Me-Up Spy Girl – Every Wednesday you’ll have a different prompt to share something. Share new and old posts alike, just as long as they fit the week’s theme.

Share-In-Style Mis Papelicos – Every other week, on Saturdays. For sharing your personal style with likeminded bloggers. Each Share-In-Style has a theme but you can come as you are too!  #BloggersShareInStyle

Visible MondayNot Dead Yet Style – Every other Monday – Share the outfits that make you feel good and visible, regardless of your age.

Weekend Blog HopClaire Justine oxox – Every Friday – Share your favourite posts from the week and meet new bloggers

Creative Mondays – Claire Justine oxox – Every Monday – Share your creativity, be it in crafts, an outfit… whatever you fancy. Tweet your post to @clairejustino using the tag #CreativeMondays for a fave and a retweet!

Wordless Wednesdays – Claire Justine oxox – Every Wednesday – Post photos and nothing else.

Silent SundaysCosmic Girlie – Every Sunday. Share one photo you have taken during the week running up to the post. No text, no tags, no explanation are allowed, the photo should stand on its own.

All About You Mama and More – Anything and everything about you, your opinions, what makes you tick… Share on social media using the tag #AllAboutYou.

Our London – Mama and More – Every other Thursday. Exclusive for London peeps, share the things you like about your part of the city.

Social Follow LoveVeViVos – Weekly –  Share your social media profiles and find new people to follow on different social media platforms. Use the tag #SoFoLo on Twitter.

Post Comment Love –  VeViVos  – Weekly –  A link party to discover and be discovered – a newbie will be featured and you can share any recent of your posts. Use #PoCoLo if you share it on Twitter.

Do you have any others you usually join? Let me know in the comment section and I’ll add it to the list!


Blogcademy Review -Why you should go to the Blogcademy

September 27, 2013

I promise this will be the last post I’ll be making about Blogcademy, in case you’re all tired of all the raving. The fact is that a few weeks have passed and I have now had time to digest information properly. Blogging is a work in progress and it takes time to fine tune everything to an optimal stage. I decided to write a list of what I learned as a review of the fabulous weekend spent at Blogcademy, also as a reminder of what I need to focus on. (I also wanted to have an excuse to share the fab photos Dave McNeil took of the event. It’s not every day that one gets nice, professionally taken photos). So here it goes.

  • I discovered I’m not as bad as I thought I was – having good feedback from the pros was very reassuring.
  • Knowing this allows me to not worry about what I’m doing well and invest the energy on the things I need to improve.
  • Blogging is important but interaction on social media is also very important.
  • Social media is about other people, not us.

  • I discovered the importance of having a network of bloggers who are you the same page I can share and discuss ideas with.
  • Blog designs should be uncluttered, to let the content shine.
  • The best content helps people solve problems and I should start producing more of this content.
  • I need to work on my photography a bit more. I’ve already started experimenting with a few things that I hope will work.

  • I also learned that there are best and worst times to post content on social media. Who knew?
  • I need to spend more time on Twitter
  • I need to organize my posting on the blog and the social media, to make it more time efficient so I can have more time to devote to reading other blogs and creating great content you’ll want to read.

  • Consistency is key.
  • Speaking of consistency, I need to be more consistent with my regular features.
  • I also organized ideas in my head, as to what direction I want to take the blog.
  • I decided I want to use it as a tool to experiment and learn more about social media and online marketing.

  • Being yourself is the best thing you can ever be when you are writing. No two persons are the same and being unique is what will make you stand out from the rest.
  • Websites should be easy to navigate and that it is very clear what each section is about before you click on them.
  • Images draw readers in.
  • Good images make content more shareable on other platforms.

  •  Edit Edit Edit.
  • Don’t post too many repetitive photos.
  • Always set your standards high and blogging should be no exception.
  • Putting together a business plan helps keep the focus.

These are the main ideas from the top of my head. There’s a lot of other things you get taught in the seminar – tips on design, monetizing, etc. If you want to make an investment in yourself I definitely recommend investing in a weekend at the Blogcademy.

Plus you get to hang out with fabulous people like the ones in the photo above! What is there not to like?