**this post is solely intended for parent bloggers, apologies if you aren’t one and find it annoying**
I used to be a serial blog hopper, then I realised they were taking up too much of my already sparse time, and took a step back from them. I think most parent bloggers that last more than two years have this epiphany; it can be the catalyst for a positive change or see the end of a blogging career. The lovely Caroline of Becoming A SAHM wrote about it recently.
It’s potentially why the internet is littered with the gravestones of bloggers that once were.
When I first started writing Mummy Tries, two and a half years ago, there were only a handful of linkies run by fellow parents. Nowadays every other blogger has their own linky. Themed blog hops can be great for information sharing, and forming supportive communities, and the non-themed ones are fab for getting your blog ‘out there’ and discovering new reads.
I’m part of the wonderful #WhatImWriting group, and joining in with the weekly linky on Writing Bubble and Muddled Manuscript was a god send for me when I was writing my book. I know others feel the same, and Emily Organ even included the group in the dedications section of her novel. How cool is that?
I’ve been thinking for ages about creating a linky with a difference. For it to encompass all that I enjoy about blog hops (connecting with other bloggers mainly), and cutting out the bits that take up all the time (faffing around with badges, feeling obliged to comment on loads of posts for the sake of it). Rather than doing this I thought it would be wonderful to encourage folk to share other’s posts on social media. We all know how contagious spreading the blog love can be, and who knows, it could even trigger someone going viral.
Perhaps I had set my sights too high? Perhaps people didn’t get the rules. Perhaps there are just too many linkies out there?
I’m not complaining at all about my numbers. I had 63 posts link up the first week and 30-45 in the second, third and fourth, which I was really pleased about. I’ve seen previously huge blog hops with less posts on them recently, and it makes me wonder whether it has simply become a saturated market?
Which brings me full circle back to that most elusive of things: time. Running a successful linky takes up a LOT of it. In fact I’d be fibbing if I said I was prepared for the amount of effort it all was. I take my hat off to the prolific bloggers that run several every single week. I’ve decided that it’s not for me though.
In a nutshell I am going to quit while I’m ahead!
I’d like to say a very sincere thank you to everyone that joined in, it truly means a lot to have had such support.
For now I’m going to live by what I said a while back, and concentrate on my blogging objectives (whatever they are). I’m going to continue reading the blogs that resonate and inspire me. I will most certainly comment when I feel compelled, and I might even hit the share button every now and then.
Sharing is caring after all 😉