Since I set up my blog I’ve taken part in my fair share of linkys. Actually, that’s not true – in the first six months I had no idea what a linky actually was, and was blogging in my own little online space, wondering why nobody was bothering to read my posts (other than my mum that is – thanks Mum…)
I then discovered the glorious world of linkys, and with that, found my place within the parent blogging community. I was a little late to the party, but I got there eventually.
I’m not going to go into what a linky actually is as there are plenty of other posts online which explain it perfectly well. But in short, a linky (or linky party) is basically hosted by a blogger on their site and they invite other bloggers to link up their posts – usually within a certain theme. The linky party usually goes live on a set day at a set time, on a regular (usually weekly) basis.
Since they follow a theme, linky parties are generally a great way of reading posts from other like-minded bloggers, as well as sharing your own posts with the rest of the party. Win-win!
Linkys are all about sharing the blog love and being an active part of the blogging community; in return for sharing your post, you have to follow the ‘party rules’ set by the host blogger which will usually involve reading/commenting on a set number of other posts and perhaps sharing them on social media.
I’m a massive advocate of linkys and have formed some great friendships and discovered the majority of my favourite bloggers through them over time. You can get a lot back from joining linkys, but you definitely have to find the right parties for you. I have had brief encounters with many – some one-off flings, others I joined for a few months before deciding they weren’t for me. Others have turned into long-lasting commitments that I can’t imagine breaking up from…
Every linky offers something different. Some I join because of the sheer number of interactions I get back from them, others because I love the vibe and feel a sense of community with the regular bloggers who link up, and others because I simply have a lot of love for the host and enjoy reading their posts – which is important since commenting on the host’s linked up post is usually one of the ‘linky rules’.
I admit that at times I do question the amount of time I spend taking part in linkys. I don’t join in with a huge amount – probably four a week on average, but I’m a slow reader, and commenting on 20 other posts does take quite a bit of time. I don’t always have time to read and comment at the time of linking, so I often have a ‘backlog’ of linky duties I need to fulfill which builds up over the week.
Sometimes I wonder if those hours would be better spent writing more blog posts, promoting posts through social media, or doing the gazillion other blogging tasks that need to be done every week…
I often wonder if I should host a linky myself, given the amount of time I put into joining others – but I admit I’m a bit of a commitment phobe and I worry that I wouldn’t be dedicated enough to find the time. Plus I definitely wouldn’t have time to take part in all of my faves if I did that…kudos to all you hosts who manage it.
But every time I question whether all of that time spent on linkys is worthwhile, I’m yet to find another ‘promotional strategy’ that gives so much back. Linkys are so much more than getting more eyes and comments on your posts. Linkys are all about feeling part of a community, being inspired by other bloggers and finding like-minded folk. They’re about getting feedback on your own writing, gaining invaluable advice and most of all – support.
Are linkys worth the time and effort? Absolutely.