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Blog Hops and Link Parties

Blog Hops and Link Parties are an excellent way to connect and share with other bloggers, as well as get exposure. Back when I first started blogging in 2008-2009, there was no such thing as a link party or blog hop. I mainly blogged in the fashion and beauty niche back then, and even dabbled in the food/baking niche. I found it very difficult to connect with others in those niches and share and connect. Twitter had just started up, Facebook Fan Page were new as well, and there was no Instagram, Google +, or Pinterest. I mainly connected with those in my niches via Flickr, ning networks, and Youtube. Since I’ve returned to blogging about 5 months ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see the many ways in which bloggers now connect. Bloggers have maximum exposure giving platforms to utilize such as Pinterest and super quick ways of connecting and sharing through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. They also have Google +, which is a great resource for SEO and exposure as well. Additionally, we have these great things called link parties (memes, blog hops, etc…). I think they are a great idea, but a few months back I came across a very negative post them, and blogged about it here. I was enthralled with this link party idea and didn’t understand why the blogger was so negative toward them. Apparently, I was out of the loop, not having blogged for several years, in knowing that these things were not new. I’m not sure when the idea of a link party was originated or who did it, but they were definitely on to something. Continue reading

Pincentive Blog Hop {#6}

Welcome to a SPECIAL week of The PINcentive Blog Hop! For those of you that have been linking up weekly know there was no blog hop last week due to a much needed bloggy break. Sort of a bummer, I know.

Well, we’re ready to make it up to you! As promised, we’ll be choosing 4 winners this week (instead of 3)! One of which I, Cropped Stories, will provide with sidebar exposure for 30 days!  The space is a whoppin’ 240 x 340 and is valued at $20!  This, of course, will be in addition to being featured, having your content pinned a minimum of 31 times, co-hosting our next hop, and priority seating!

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I’m Being Featured at So Me 2 #3!

It’s my favorite day of the week – Tuesday!
Why? Because it’s time for ~SoMe2~!!

We had an awesome turnout last week, but let’s see if we can top it this week! Link up your Google+ and Twitter, then go and tell all of your friends (and your friends’ friends) to link up, too!

Welcome to ~SoMe2~ #3!! 
~SoMe2~  is a SOcial MEdia Link Party where we will link up 2 different platforms every Tuesday @ 7:00 PM (EST)
Meet your hosts!
Social Media Link Party

The PINcentive Blog Hop: Week 4

WELCOME to the fourth week of The PINcentive Blog Hop!  I think a big THANK YOU is in order to everyone that has been linking up.  More so for making it EXTREMLY difficult for our co-hosts to choose winners each week and providing us with such great recipes, crafts, tips, parenting advice, tutorials, (you name it)!  Your content has truly been a pleasure to read!

If this is your first time linking up; WELCOME!  I am extremely excited to provide this link up for you today and the opportunity for you to increase your traffic, followers, and improve your page rank!


Each week, 3 winners will be chosen by our cohosts.  As a winner, you will be featured and, your content will be pinned a minimum of 31 times by my Pinterest Incentive Program (PIP) team members below.  Additionally your content will be pinned by the following week’s blog hop participants!  That’s right; blog hop participants will be required to pin the winner’s content.  The number of link ups we have will determine the total number of times your content gets pinned so, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SPREAD THE WORD!  It will only benefit you in the long run!  Also, as a winner, you’ll have the opportunity to co-host our next Blog Hop and choose our winners!  Blog hop code will be provided to all Co-hosts on Monday morning.  This will give everyone ample time to draft their post and, if necessary, troubleshoot any problems that may arise.

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Link Up! | A Lovely Blog Hop

Hey everyone! I am co-hosting A Lovely Blog this week.  How exciting, yay!  Join us in linking up with me and my fellow hosts and co-hosts.  We look forward to connecting and sharing with you all this week!  

Welcome to A Lovely Blog Hopwhere each Thursday we have the grand opportunity to meet and connect with lovely new bloggers, such as myself! Now you have something to do and somewhere to go on Thursdays!