I have had this blog for almost two years, prior to that I had another blog for three years or so. So.. I've been blogging a bit and I sometimes take for granted all of the things there is to know about blogging. Now I am by no means an expert, but when I got an email from a sweet reader asking me what the deal with linky parties was (how do you find them, how do you link up, etc), I just had to help. I wrote her back and gave her a pretty basic starter guide, but it got me thinking that maybe other people are struggling with this as well. So, without further ado... here is a quick tutorial on how to link to a linky party.
A linky party is when the author of a blog invites other blog writers to link up their blog posts on the same topic. For example, a blog might host a book study, or an organization idea linky party. Some popular linky parties in the teaching blog world include:
5 for Friday from Doodle Bugs Teaching This linky party involves posting 5 random things from your week.
Made it Monday from 4th Grade Frolics is the place to show off the things you have made.
Saturday Snapshots from Run! Miss Nelson's got the camera! is a place to show off your pics.
Tried it Tuesday with Fourth Grade Flipper is the place to share things that you have tried.
Farley's Currently at Oh boy Fourth Grade is the place to share what you are Currently up to. As you can see above, she provides a template for you to complete. The completed one above is from her blog. Currently happens on the first of every month and there are a few of us
stalkers fans who hit refresh a million times until the new one comes up.
I know what your next question is - How do you fill in the blanks? So glad you asked:
1. Right click her template and copy it or save as JPEG or PNG.
2. Open up PowerPoint and paste the image or insert the image if you saved it.
3. Insert text-boxes over the open areas and type in your answers.
4. Copy this new picture and paste it into paint and save as a JPEG (you can also save as a JPEGin PowerPoint)
5. Upload your image to your blog.
If I didn't mention your linky party above, it isn't because I don't love you, I just put a few. Feel free to leave a link in the comments section if you have a linky party we should join!
* As a blogger, joining a linky party increases your readership and helps other bloggers and blog readers to find you.
* As a blog reader, linky parties help you find more information about a topic you are interested in.
* Hello? Writer's Block maybe? Linky parties are a great way to think of ideas to blog about when you just can't think of anything to write about.
Step 1: Write your post. If the linky party has a "button" (a fancy word for the picture they use) copy and paste it into your blog. They may have a grab button with a code for you to copy and paste into the html section of your blog. I have a grab button to the right on my blog.
You would just copy and paste the info they have in the box (their info, not mine :D )
Step 2: When you have hit publish on your blog post copy the url for THAT page (not your home page).
Not Correct: http://applefortheteach.blogspot.com
Step 3: Visit the page where the linky party is at and click on the button that says: Add your link.
Then choose your picture from the pictures displayed.
Now that you have linked up, be sure to leave a comment for the host. Also, visit several of the other blogs who have linked up and comment as well. Farley advocates the rule of 3 on her Currently post. That is, you comment on the 2 posts before you and 1 post after you. I think this is a good practice and super easy to do. If you have time, visit more! It is also nice to respond to the people who visit your blog as well.