Linky Party Etiquette

Since my announcement and involvement in the Roomspiration Blog Hop & Link Party, some readers have wanted to know more about what a Link Party is.

What is a linky or link party?

A link party is a platform to share ideas about a particular topic.  You can add your topic relevant post to the party.  Other party goers and blog followers can click on your post.  This is a great way to network with other bloggers and give exposure for your blog.  Other names for a Linky Party are: Blog Hop, Blog Carnival and Meme.

Are there certain rules or etiquette for a linky party?

I believe so.  Just as etiquette is encouraged in real life, I feel it is just as important online.  However, it really depends on the values of the person on whether they feel it is necessary.  There aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to blogging ETIQUETTE where a law enforcer gives you a ticket if you violate those rules.

On the other hand, if you want to network and make friends, if you want to be polite, if you want to grow your blog, then etiquette is highly recommended.

Shan’s Blog Etiquette

  1. Please read & abide by the host’s link party rules or guidelines.  Usually the host or blog of the link party will list certain rules in order to participate in the linky party.
  2. Link to the exact post.  Please don’t link back to your blog url or website name.
  3. Please don’t join the party {link up} if you have no intention of placing a link, website button or link party button {which includes a link to the host party’s post} on your post.
  4. Please visit and comment on some of the other blogs who have linked up to the party you are participating in.  {They will appreciate the feedback}  If you don’t think you have the time to do this, then please don’t join the party.
  5. If you host your own link party, please comment or leave an email for the participants who have linked up.
  6. If you advertise you are holding a link party on a certain day, please don’t open the party the night before.

Personally, I highly value etiquette because it is part of practicing consideration.  I have learned by way of experience this week how much TIME and EFFORT goes into hosting a link party.  I will look at link parties in a whole new light now.  It should be a requirement for all bloggers to host their own link party at some point in time, so they can understand what I’m talking about.  I have a saying I repeat to my children over and over, “Where much is given, much is required.”  The same holds true here.  If you want to give your blog exposure and gain new readers or followers, you have to put in the effort.  It doesn’t come easily.

I wanted to re-quote what I wrote on the day of my Link Party {via Roomspiration}

I love “partying” with all you wonderful & creative peeps…lol. Today is a very special day for my blog. {tears of JOY} A milestone I will never forget. I so appreciate you being a part of it. Thank you so much. Today you’ve made another dream come true. I hope we can continue to uplift and inspire one another. The internet medium CAN be used for good and we have proved that here today. Thank you…gratitude abounds!

It was a wonderful day!  I sincerely hope many of the visitors I received on Wednesday will join Family Brings Joy’s readership on a journey of creating unity and joy in our families.  If you did visit on Wednesday, WELCOME BACK! 😀

I have written previously about practicing etiquette in real life.  You can read that post by clicking here.

Other highly recommended reading on the topic of Linky Parties: (Click on the title to go there)

Linky Party Like a Dinner Party? by Crafterminds

Ettiquette in Sending Invites to Your Linky Party by Homemaker on a Dime

How to Link Up your Project to a Linky Party {Tutorial} by Beneath My Heart

Building Your Blog: Linky Parties by It’s a Blog Party

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Today Roomspiration is featuring Bathrooms!

Mine is a bit of a mess right now.  We are in the process of reinstalling our lights we had to exchange from Restoration Hardware.  DH got shocked trying to reinstall the new lights while he had about 5 minutes to work on it.  We put the project aside to complete on a less busier day.  The above photo reveals one of my favorite features in our master bathroom.  This photo went with an earlier post titled Take time to RELAX. {Click on title to read how important it is to take time to relax}

Pool Bath EntranceThis photo goes with an earlier post titled Pool Bath Sign.  I tweaked our house floor plans by adding an outside door to our Master Bathroom’s toilet room.  You can read more about it by clicking here.  I call it our Pool Bath, however it is really attached to our Master Bathroom.  In the future I will feature our entire Master Bathroom.

Tile Framed MirrorI almost forgot about my Bathroom Glass Tile Mirror post.  I really wanted glass tile in my bathroom.  DH was not so keen about the idea {not sure why, I LOVE it!} so we compromised {important in a marriage ;)} and I made this glass tile mirror to hang in the bathroom.  He is happy with the compromise and likes the mirror too.  Win/Win!

Head on over to my friend at Homemaker on a Dime to see her wonderful bathroom transformation she did.  Party on with Roomspiration and link up a Bathroom post you have on your site.  Again I want to emphasize that it need not be written today.  You can see how I took parts of previous posts to make up this one today.  OR maybe you just need to be inspired by all the relaxing bathrooms, no problem, come by and say “Hi!”  You can also vote for your favorite as well.

My day is rapidly approaching.  Mark your calendars and prepare to link up your craft rooms here on Family Brings Joy Wednesday September 21st.  If you don’t have a craft room but know someone who does, please ask them to link up their awesomeness on that day.  I’ve only had my craft room for a little over 2 years.  Before we built our home I enjoyed perusing the internet looking at craft rooms.  I had a dream.  Dreams can come true! 😉  FYI: If your on Pinterest, you can type craft rooms in their search engine and find many!  So if you see some really cool ones, send the site {to the actual photo pinned} my link and suggest they join in.  It would be great to have a huge selection of craft rooms in one spot, wouldn’t it?!  Below is a button code specific to Family Brings Joy’s craft room day for Roomspiration.

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Grateful for INDOOR PLUMBING,

Join Us For Roomspiration

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You were needing a little inspiration for your family’s abode, weren’t you?

OR maybe you have a room you would like to show off and help inspire others?

OR maybe this is the motivation you need to finish a room you have been working on…or even BEGIN!

Well this is it!  Grab your camera and start clicking!  We NEED YOU!

That’s right; we need you to link up, share with your friends & family and come be inspired!

It all begins September 12th.  You have 2 weeks to prepare…plenty of time!

I can’t wait to see everyone’s spaces.

We even have a button, grab one and post it on your site to spread the word!  

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  Involving Color
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The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off
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