What is a Blog Hop?
~~ aka Link Parties or Link-up Parties ~~
A 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!
What is a Blog Hop?
A blog hop is a set time frame where a group of bloggers post about a topic and share links to the other blogs so readers can “hop” to them. Each blog hop is usually held on the same day every week and are usually arranged by a host and several co-hosts.
There are A LOT of blog hops around for you to join, each with varying themes and purposes. There are book blog hops for authors, giveaway blog hops, craft blog hops, pet blog hops, inspirational, home-schooling, faith-based, wordless Wednesday, 4 Things Thursday … Oh my goodness, so many! Too many to list here.
I prefer animal-related hops because that’s what I’m into and what my blog is about. The one I like is “Wordless Wednesday,” hosted by Blog Paws and is held every Wednesday. The gist of it is that you simply post an image or images of your pet(s) that speak for themselves. No words necessary. You add your link, and voila.
Blog hops typically last one day although some may last an entire weekend and specialty blog hops may last a week or more.
You create a blog hop post on your OWN blog, then link it to the host blog, and you’re done. You’re now on the blog hop list with all the others bloggers, and your link can be seen on each and every participant’s blog. Hippity hop from blog to blog.
Why Should I Join a Blog Hop?
A Blog Hop can serve many purposes. It gives you a chance to create relationships with other bloggers, interact, and ultimately grow your blog and following through these new relationships. It also gives you a change to visit the blogs of like-minded people, follow the blogs you like, and gather ideas.
It’s a good idea to leave a comment, letting the blogger know you were there from the blog hop. Oftentimes, they will reciprocate and visit your site as well. Be nice. Don’t spam.
It’s bad etiquette to just leave your link on the list and run. Visit as many bloggers on the list as you like. There is no set number you have to visit.
How Do I Find Blog Hops?
Many bloggers have buttons for blog hops in their sidebars, so keep your eyes open for that. If you see one that catches your fancy, click on it and you should be brought to the site that hosts the hop where you can get more information.
- Wordless Wednesday : Blog Hop, Jessie Cat
- Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop Featuring Sleepy Shirley
- Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop 2, Featuring Shirley (Again)
MY QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY: Are there any animals you know of that you would like to see featured here on my blog? Is there any creature that you would like to learn more about? Or, do you have a story you would like to submit about a pet you have? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below, or please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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