How do you feel about link parties, blog hops?

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Normally our post are written for our audience, our travel and lifestyle readers. However, today we are directing our focus to our blogger friends. We use several sources to find blogs in our area of interest to read, connect and engage everyday. Years ago, we use to find a great source of blogger friends from blog hops and blog carnivals. We all know blog carnivals have pretty much gone by the wayside, but blog hops and linky parties are still very much alive and well. So my question for you today:

How do you really feel about linky parties, blog hops and the like?

Do you think it is harmful to you as a blogger to host a linky party on your blog or helpful?

Blog hops and linky parties
Blog hops and linky partiesedar / Pixabay

Why do we ask? Well, on a few of favorite blogs we read regularly, we’ve noticed either they host a party or they have a party page listing places they submit each week. So this week, my curiosity, in particular, got the best of me. I clicked on a few of the link parties and party pages to submit to a few of them. I have found two new blogs that are really interesting so far, but then my mind began to wonder? Are linky parties and blog hops considered as harmful as blog carnivals a few years back? Is our not so friendly, yet fierceless leader “Google” going to penalize everything you worked for if you host one of these on your blog eventually?

These little parties seem like a lot of fun if you do not go head over heels submitting to a ton of them, IMO. Here are a few I’ve found this week:

Let's Talk Mommy
The Jenny Evolution


Super Busy Mum


City Of Creative Dreams


Women With Intention
Danielle Allinia

Now, some of these parties I, nor my team, may ever visit again, but it was kind of cool checking them out. It got me to thinking whether we should host our very own blog hop weekly. Before I go any further, I wanted to take a little survey to find out what you thought of linky parties and blog hops.

What is your opinion of linky parties, blog hops?

  • I like to participate. (67%, 6 Votes)
  • I do not like to participate. (22%, 2 Votes)
  • I don't have an opinion. (11%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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Outside of being a participant, is your opinion any different for hosting a linky party or blog hop? Share your thoughts in the comments below. I appreciate your candor.


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  1. I host one that fellow travel bloggers can participate in. It’s a one-off, meaning that they don’t have to be members or particpate regularly. All we ask is that they give three other participants the courtesy of reading and commenting on their featured stories. I’ve found that reading well-written stories inspires me to write better.

    To me, it’s a win-win. For readers, it’s a great opportunity to find some new and interesting travel blogs, or at least to read great stories. For bloggers it gives them more exposure–which could result in a wider audience.
    Linda Bibb recently posted…How to Spend One Day in Kotor, MontenegroMy Profile

    1. Linda, I like your rules. By reading at least 3 other blogs, you are engaging. Thus far, I have found some pretty cool blogs on my blog hop rounds. If you don’t mind, come back and drop your hop link so I can check it out (unless I have already). :-)

  2. I keep joining link parties in hopes after all the visits I do for other & comments that I will get visits as well but sadly I am finding a lot do not really visit so even though I do it at moment I am feeling negative about it. I work hard spending time visiting posts and commenting I am in so many hops it takes time but I do not get the return for that time really.
    Suzie@homemaker-mom recently posted…2 Awesome Sunday Dinner IdeasMy Profile

  3. I host one blog hop about literacy. I wonder if it is growing my audience enough to make it worth it. I was a host on another hop, but never receive any comments. I use Facebook groups now to help grow my audience too. It seems like a lot of work, but I guess it is part of blogging. What other ways do you promote your blog?
    Mary Hill recently posted…U is for Unconditional LoveMy Profile

    1. It is a lot of work isn’t it, Mary. Like you, I use FaceBook groups, but I also speak at conferences such the Well-Being Travel Symposium in Montreal this summer. We also host our own events throughout the year in various locations. Those in-person events, charities and galas combined with our online presence tremendously helps.

  4. This is the first I am even hearing of such events. If I have understood the concept correctly I would on the whole avoid them because the whole idea of blogging is to reach a wider audience beyond bloggers. Of course, bloggers reading each other’s work is helpful – it gives you a benchmark, many ideas and moral support. But otherwise, blogging needs to develop like journalism – for a wider audience.
    Lata recently posted…OM and Freed!My Profile

    1. Thank you, Lata. I do find it is an easier way for me to find other bloggers in areas I am interested in reading because they deliberately put themselves out there to be found. On the other hand, I wonder if the mass linking in one area weekly is beneficial to our blogging purpose. It’s like you mentioned, we need to develop our blogs for a wider audience, not just other bloggers.

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