I am a Party Pooper
A linky party pooper that is. Now before I go in to why I am not the life of the linky party, I do want to say that I enjoy link parties. I think they are a great way to build traffic and followers. Being a part of many, I have definitely found some great bloggers who I now follow religiously.
I have also benefited from increased traffic and being featured. There are many positives from link parties. But I also think that with the parties comes stress.
As a blogger who really embraces the BOTS philosophy, I have come to realize that link parties can sometimes get in the way of keeping blogging on the side. Not only are there too many to count, the more you participate in, the more work there is UNLESS you are a “link and leave” blogger. And just leaving your link and not participating is not in the spirit of the party It is also not fair to the hosts or other bloggers.
So I have become a party pooper. I participate in no more than 5 parties a week. Usually the same ones, but sometimes I switch it up. Some benefits gained since pooping out:
- visited more blogs
- left more comments
- participated more in social media, resulting in:
- increased my pinterest followers
- increased my G+ followers
So with my new-found strategy, I created some guidelines to hopefully help you navigate the party scene.
- Pick a few hosts you like and stay loyal to them. The more you interact with hosts, the more chance there will be for mentions, guest posts, guest hosting and features.
- Pick a few parties to link up to each week. Depending on your time, I would suggest no more than ten.
- For each linky party, make it a point to make connections. Try to comment on a few.
- And speaking of comments – the more meaningful the better. A “yummy” or “that looks good” is absolutely appreciated (and sometimes the most clever I can get at 6am/10pm), but if you can be more specific, there is a greater chance the blogger will visit you back and maybe comment on your posts as well.
- Share more posts, both yours and others. Whether it be on Facebook or twitter or my personal favorite Google+, the more you use social media, the more it will benefit you.
Remember, if you link up to too many parties, you may be spreading yourself thin. Yes, you will get more exposure, but at the cost of more engagement. By decreasing the number of parties you attend, you will be able to enjoy the ones you go to more.
So will you be a party pooper too?