Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My First Linky and Blog Hop

First of all, yes, this is my second post today but it is really for tomorrow.    I want to try something new so just ignore this post until tomorrow.  I've been working on this while I should have been finishing up our taxes but tomorrow I ABSOLUTELY will finish up our taxes...maybe.  I've reverted to my old style of posts for the next week.  That is because, after hours of trying, I discovered that the style with the flipcards for some reason will not work with a blog hop/linky set up.  I did not know that.

OK, So I really DO NOT KNOW WHAT I AM DOING but I want to try a Linky.  The problem is, I am not sure what a Linky really is or how it works.  That is not going to stop me from trying, though!

(Yes, that is a photo from an old post and yes, I just wanted to 
use it again because my hair doesn't usually look that good.)

I went to several sites for instruction. They used words like "meme" and "technorati tag".  Huh?  I was about to give up when I found the Linky Tools Site.  I still don't know quite what I am doing but again, that isn't going to stop me.  I have seen blog hops on other people's blogs but I didn't really know what that meant.  Well, the Linky Tools Site shared this explanation...

 blog hop is a linky list that is SHARED ON MULTIPLE BLOGS.

When several blogs put the same linky list code on their blog, the exact same list appears on each blog.

Blog visitors can submit their entries on any blog that contains the list. The entries will appear on each blog where the list resides.

Blog readers see the same list on each blog, and can "HOP" from blog to blog seeing the same list of links to follow: BLOG HOP!

By designating your linky list as a BLOG HOP, a link will appear below your linky list where your blog readers can get the blog hop code for your linky.

If you want to do a 'PRIVATE' blog hop, then do NOT check the blog hop checkbox, and simply share the code PRIVATELY with the other blog owners.
Brent Riggs & Linky Tools create the concept of the "blog hop" as it is used on so many blogs today.  

OK, so then I had to think of a purpose for this blog hop.  Some people share a "photo of the week" and every blogger that wishes to "link up" to share their photo.  Some blogs have great questions that every blogger that links up answers.  All the bloggers posts show their own answers and the links to the other bloggers posts just show up on all the linked least that's what I think.  Those look kind of fun and maybe I will try that in the future.  

For now, I decided maybe I'd ask bloggers to share one of their most thought-provoking posts.  Will that work?  I am just saying "one of" instead of your very favorite thought-provoking post.  That way you won't have to spend too much time deciding which you prefer.  Maybe down the road I'll go for funniest post, most embarrassing post, etc.  Today, though, I am asking for one of your most thought-provoking posts.
Here's one of mine.

For my followers who do not blog, maybe you could leave a thought-provoking comment or quote?  For those who are still having trouble leaving comments, send me a thought-provoking e-mail at  OR, I read that you can copy the linky and put it on your Facebook site as well.  I'm not sure but be brave and give it a try!


Tonya said...

Sure, I'll play!

Happy Elf Mom said...

Looks like it's working well so far! Good job!

Anne Marie said...

It almost seems silly for me to do this, since I just recently started blogging again, but I've never heard of "blog hopping", so wanted to give it a try!

cpcable said...

What fun! I'll have to think about what post to share...

Anne Marie said...

I tried to add the code that would add the blog hop list to my blog entry, but it didn't work. I must be doing something wrong, but I thought I was following the directions...?

Susan Struck said...

Anne Marie, did you remember to change from "compose" to "HTML" just before adding the code? On blogger that is at the top, alongside the different fonts, etc. That's it, that's all the advice I've got.

Allen said...

Blog Hop Hugh?? Uterly Fantastic--back to the begining.

Anne Marie said...

I did try that, and no idea what the problem was. I will try it again the next time you host a blog hop. :o)

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