Linkys – Are they worth the time and effort?

linky parties - are they worth the time and effort?

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.

Are linkys worth it?

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.

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

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27 Comment

  1. Kim Carberry
    November 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    I love linky’s.. I used to join up with a lot more but when I join one I try to comment on everyone else who has linked up…I stopped linking to a certain few linky’s as I would get no comments from other people linking up, not even the host. They left me feeling a bit Meh about them….Lesson learned and now I have about 4 which I join in with most weeks who have a great bunch of people joining in πŸ˜€
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  2. Alice Nipper and Tyke
    November 26, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    I agree, they are definitely worth the effort, but I also agree that they are a commitment πŸ™‚ The blogging community is so diverse and full of great people, and linkies are a good way to connect with them.

    x Alice

  3. Lydia C. Lee
    November 26, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    I don’t know if they’re really worth the time and effort but I do like seeing what people are doing- there’s some really interesting bloggers out there and it’s a good way to sift through the run of the mill pages and find them….#KCACOLS

  4. kristin mccarthy
    November 27, 2016 at 12:05 am

    They really are great tools for building community and exposure but they take a massive amount of time. I do so many of them and still have not figured out which ones will end up being my long term linky love.

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  5. Nicole | The Professional Mom Project
    November 27, 2016 at 2:41 am

    I totally agree with you. I like participating in link parties. Sure they take up a bunch of time but I enjoy the interaction, inspiration and reaching out to a whole new group of people to learn from. #KCACOLS
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  6. Lucy's Locket
    November 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I agree that they are great tools for building a community. I was a guest host for #GlobalBlogging last week and I can tell you reading and commenting on the posts took a lot of time. But I found some great posts that I wouldn’t have read otherwise and some new blogs to follow.
    I think you are right about finding the ones that work for you tho. I’m still working that out πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS
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  7. The Mum Reviews
    November 27, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I’ve only been blogging for about 5 months now and was lucky to discover linkies early on. At first I was like WTF, but once I figured it out, I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve made some great bloggy friends and gained new readers from them, and have read some incredibly interesting posts. I’m glad that you’re still finding them rewarding. I definitely agree you need to find the right one for you! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.
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  8. Crummy Mummy
    November 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I find myself asking myself this question every now and again but the answer is always yes! #KCACOLS
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  9. Twin Pickle
    November 27, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Love my linkys! I’ve been doing more and more, which is of course more and more time. My husband thinks I’ve gone mad by the amount of time I spend on them. I love all the comments it generates, and the being part of the blogging community. However, if I stop the linkys, will the traffic just grind to a halt, or are some of those visitors becoming regular readers by subscribing/following on Pinterest/Facebook? I’m not sure…. #KCACOLS

  10. Geraldine
    November 27, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I agree and I have debate whether they are worth it too. The best part of the linkys for me is having made connections with other Bloggers which is vitally import the when you’re a blogger #kcacols

    1. Natalie Mudd
      December 8, 2016 at 11:14 am

      I completely agree that’s the best part x

  11. Emma me and b
    November 27, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I used to do ALOT of linkies. like 20 a week or so. but ive scaled back and only do the ones that I actually feel I get good return on investment lol! and that would be #KCACOLS πŸ™‚
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      December 8, 2016 at 11:13 am

      I’ve scaled back too – it can get totally overwhelming otherwise x

  12. Ali Duke
    November 27, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I think linkys are great. I have made a few friends through them and have been introduced to some wonderful blogs.
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  13. Mummy Tamtam
    November 27, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I started my blog in September and for the time being Linkys are for me the only way to get some comments on my posts. I really think they are worth time and effort. It is also great to discover other blogs and be the part of the community. The thing I am not sure of: It would be great that other mums read my blog posts too, not only bloggers. But I guess this is a matter of time, I hope one day… πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS

  14. Angela Watling
    November 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I completely agree with you! Some Linkys are worth more effort than others because certain communities give back more. But I don’t have a high profile blog so would not have any readers without Linkys to help me share my content. Brilliant invention! Although you’re right, the reading and commenting does take time. At least there is lots of great content to be reading! #KCACOLS
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      December 8, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Linkys are fab for getting interaction on your posts. I find pinterest is great for driving traffic too

  15. Laura
    November 28, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I am fairly new to the whole linky thing and usually only do one a week but I love it! I just love the friendlyness of everyone and getting to read lots of great blogs! #KCACOLS
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  16. Sharon Parry
    November 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I totally agree. It is probably best to try several and then just stick with a few that really work for you. I don’t think I could ever keep up with all of them! #KCACOLS
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      December 8, 2016 at 11:08 am

      I know you can definitely get overwhelmed if you try to do too many

  17. Jeremy Barnes
    November 29, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I’ve had to cut down on some of the ones I used to participate in, but agree that they are worth the effort. Not always for the page views, but in finding new people that I like and follow. I’d like to think that there are some that would say the same about me #KCACOLS
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      December 8, 2016 at 11:07 am

      I agree that’s the best part. Page views aren’t as important to me as I used to think they were. It’s more about being inspired and finding a community

  18. OddHogg
    November 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I take part in 7 or 8 linkys per week…… i’ve no idea how I find the time but I do! I think they’re totally worth it and are a great way to discover new blogs #kcacols
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  19. Helena
    November 30, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    As you can see from my sidebar I love a great linky and love the community I’ve discovered through them. #KCACOLS
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    1. Natalie Mudd
      December 8, 2016 at 10:35 am

      I think the best thing about linkys is definitely becoming part of a community

  20. Cal at Family Makes
    December 2, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I agree they can sometimes be time consuming when you’re busy, but the advantages of discovering new blogs, supporting each other and building a community are great. #KCACOLS

    1. Natalie Mudd
      December 7, 2016 at 10:51 am

      You definitely gain a great sense of community from them, which I haven’t gained so much from other methods

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