Momsterslink ~ September 22, 2016

Welcome to another fabulous weekend of #momsterslink!!!  I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you that take time out of your busy schedules to link up.

I am of course still behind so if I haven’t gotten to you…please know that I never leave a post with no comment or no sharing.  I love spreading the #bloggerlove!

Now without further adieu my top 3 featured posts for this week are…

1st place goes to the talented Alana at Burnished Chaos with~

10 Ways Kids Are Like Cats

2nd place goes to my wonderful blogging friend Michelle at Rockin Random Mom with ~

Remembering 9/11 What I Teach My Son

3rd place goes to the some what newbie to the linky Craig at The Funny Midget Blog with~

The Bro Code:  The Rules For The Bros

Congrats ladies and gentleman…remember to grab your featured badge and I will be sharing your posts throughout the week on various social media!!!

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rules guidelines instructions blogging linky

Running Time: Thursdays 12pmPST(US) ~ Sundays 11:59pmPST(US)

*Please link 2 posts maximum

*Please comment on the host’s post and 1 other post….buuuuut please share the post which comes before yours on any social media of your choice.  Meaning you don’t have to comment on the one before yours, or even read it if you don’t want to, but do please share it.  You may of course share and comment on as many as you like.  The more you comment on, the more likely you are to get someone to come take a look at your blog as well.

*If you link up 2 posts, then comment on 2 other posts and share the 2 posts before yours and also comment and share the host’s post.

*They can be any type of post…old or new, recipe, reviews, giveaways,  and I don’t mind if you advertise your own personal linky but please keep it to one time only.

*Each week I will give a shout out to the top three most viewed posts according to my Inlinkz calendar. I will also share the posts throughout the week on several of my social media.  Therefore, if you are linking up, then you give me permission to share your content across various social media of my choice.

*Please place my bitching fabulous  badge at the bottom of your post or if you prefer you can just copy and paste the following link using the word #momsterslink

https://domesticatedmomster.com/category/momsterslink-2/

*Linkys are a great way to meet other bloggers, network, and form a community but this only works if EVERYONE follows the #bloggerlove rules.  So please be aware that I will be paying attention.

*I will read, comment, and share  every post that is linked up.  The social networks I share most on are Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, and StumbleUpon.  I pin all links to my #momsterslink linky Pinterest board  unless I feel like the post subject would go better under another category of board I have but every link is pinned and every link is posted to StumbleUpon!

*If you are unsure about how to link up to a linky, my fabulous friend Becky at Cuddle Fairy has a great informational post here.

*If you need a little lesson on linky etiquette then please read my etiquette guidelines here.

Above all just have fun at my linky party!

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Letting Go OF The Linky Guilt

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There are so many linkys now days and I am here to finally say that I just don’t have enough time to always link up with every one of them.  I link when I can, when I have something worthy of linking up, and when I know that I have time for the commenting.  When I get behind in the commenting I have to put linking aside all together.

As a blogger who also runs her own linky, I am ALWAYS reading, commenting, and sharing  on almost every blog post I read.  Sometimes to the point that I don’t even have time to write or read anything besides those blogs.

And I love to read.

And I love to write.

And I love blogging.

I have a gazillion things to write about but I just haven’t had the time to write about them. There’s 24 drafts in my draft folder right now.  What does that tell you?

I have 2 T-ball games, dance classes, T-ball party, awards ceremony, Memorial Day glamping, two graduations, hair and car appts in the city, dress rehearsals, a dance recital and then preparing for our first big summer vacation…all in the next 3 weeks.  I am sure I am missing something in there.


So yes, this is indeed why I have decided that I must let go of the linky guilt.  Even the blogging guilt.  That’s the great thing about this being my blog…I can do what I want to with it.

Same goes for those of you who sometimes may not have time to link with #momsterslink.  I indeed understand and don’t take it personally.  As long as I see you all linked up from time to time I am happy.

We are all busy not only with blogging but with home, kids, spouses…LIFE!


Linkys are a lot of work to run.  For those of you considering starting one, I would suggest that you understand that most of your blog reading will be done reading the blogs that link up.  And if your linky is successful it will become harder to have time to write and network.

I have tried putting myself on a blogging schedule but it inevitably gets messed up due to my husband’s work schedule because on his days off there’s stuff to do and I know for awhile there he thought I was having a love affair with my blog.

I am also trying to gather more knowledge for my love of photography and design.  Which sometimes with my OCD can become completely time consuming due to perfection and getting something exactly how I want it or watching tutorials to learn something new.

I encourage everyone to let go of the linky guilt if you are suffering from it.  If you host one and need a break then take one.  BREATHE.  There’s so much more to life than linkys.  Buuuuut…it is the best way to find your blogging posse, get your blog read, and meet new bloggers.

So linky on but sometimes take some time off if you need to.

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I am linking this post with the following fab linkys…

 

Mummuddlingthrough

 

Cuddle Fairy

 

Petite Pudding
My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows

Momsterslink ~ Feb 4, 2016

Welcome to another fabulous weekend of #momsterslink.  It was a great week “sinking my teeth” into all of your fabulous posts last week and I want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who linked up with me.

My winner this week is the fab Michelle at Rockin Random Mom with~

My Own Linky: Manic Monday

Running Time: Thursdays 12pmPST(US) ~ Sundays 11:59pmPST(US)

Please follow the rules listed below and make sure to place my badge or link at the bottom of the post you are linking with me…otherwise I might have to bite you!

*Please link 2 posts maximum

*Please comment on the host’s post and 1 other post….buuuuut please share the post which comes before yours on any one of your social media.  Meaning you don’t have to comment on the one before yours, or even read it if you don’t want to, but do please share it.  You may of course share and comment on as many as you like.

*If you link up 2 posts then comment on 2 other posts and share the 2 posts before yours and also comment and share the host’s post.

*They can be any type of post…old or new, recipe, reviews, and I don’t mind if you advertise your own personal linky but please keep it to one time only.

*Instead of picking a favorite post each week (it’s just too hard to only choose one) I am instead going to let InLinkz choose who the winner is by who’s post is viewed the most.  The winner of that week, I will then share their winning post on all my social media throughout the entire week.  Therefore, if you are linking up you give me permission to share your content across various social media.

*Please place my bitching fabulous new badge at the bottom of your post or if you prefer you can just copy and paste the following link using the word #momsterslink

https://domesticatedmomster.com/category/momsterslink-2/

*Linkys are a great way to meet other bloggers, network, and form a community but this only works if EVERYONE follows the #bloggerlove rules.  So please be aware that I will be paying attention.

*I will read, comment, and share on every post that is linked up.

*If you are unsure about how to link up to a linky, my fabulous friend Becky at Cuddle Fairy has a great informational post here.

*If you need a little lesson on linky etiquette then please read my etiquette guidelines here.

Above all just have fun at my linky party!

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A Few LInky Etiquette Guidelines

 

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I have been in the land of the linkys for quite some time now and thought I would share a few linky etiquette guidelines.  For those of you who know me, you know that I host #momsterslink weekly.  I also link up to several linkys a week, for it is a great way to promote a post and gain some new followers.  But at the same time, this only works if everyone follows some etiquette participates in the #bloggerlove.

You want to host a linky.  GREAT!  I encourage anyone who wants to do that to go ahead and give it a try …just be warned that if you do them correctly then it can be a very time-consuming adventure.  This is because, as the host/hostess, you should be commenting on every link that links up to your linky.  If there is more than one host/hostess then this task can be shared, but at least one of the host/hostesses should comment on every post linked up especially if stated in your “rules” you want everyone to comment on the host/hostess post.  It is also appreciable to share your linkers posts across at least one of your social medias…this would fall under etiquette and isn’t quite a rule but merely a guideline to follow.

Aslo as a host, if you want linkers to read and comment on your post please try to remember to mark it with (HOST) in the title.  And I always try to list mine first although sometimes I forget to post my link before the linky starts and so I put it in whatever the next position is.  This is all personal preference, but makes it much easier for your linkers to find your post.

You want to link up to a linky.  FABULOUS!   It is customary to leave the host/hostess a comment thanking them for hosting, even if some do not have that in their “rules”.  It’s just a nice gesture to say “hey, thanks so much for taking time out of your schedule to run this fab linky that I can link up to”.   Granted I know that some of us get really busy, or we lose our linky planner **raises hand** and don’t always get to all the commenting, but doing this weeks in a row, to me, is just not showing proper linky etiquette.  It’s called linking and leaving and as a guideline I find it to be quite rude.  I see this happening through several social media.  We all like our stuff to be shared but try to live by the good old guideline, “you have to give to receive“.  I have also stopped linking to some linkies because after starting to keep track, I realized I wasn’t getting a single comment from the host/hostess.  And some, I wasn’t getting a single comment AT ALL.   This is very frustrating when there is more than one host/hostess post to comment on plus commenting on the required “rule” amount.  I find that the best way to comment on others after linking up is to comment, share, or both on the one directly before yours and then one of your choice.  This almost ensures that everyone gets at least one comment per linky.  But most important is to just follow the host/hostesses rules.

A Few Linky Etiquette Guidelines #linky #bloghop #bloggerlove

Note: Linkers who link up, please make sure that it is easy to share your post. Check your share buttons to make sure they are working properly. It is especially helpful if your twitter is set up to tag you automatically. And I personally, love pinning everything to Pinterest so please make sure you have pinnable images on your post. Making sure your images are done correctly also helps with SEO.

Linking up to the linky doesn’t mean that you have to do the commenting right away.  I realize that some linkys start when some of us are getting ready for bed, due to the several different time zones we all live in, and who wants to do a bunch of commenting when we are taping our eyes open to stay awake?  Thats’s why I have a linky planner page that I print out every week that consists of the linky name, host name, and then 3 commenting columns for keeping track of what I have gotten done.  If you would like my template please send me an email at domesticatedmomster@gmail.com and I would be happy to email it to you. Below is a picture of what mine looks like.

A Few Linky Etiquette Guidelines #linky #bloghop #bloggerlove

I use the last comment column to keep track of how much interaction I got from that particular linky.  After I have commented on the host/hostess’ post I put a star by the host/hostess name and once I have received a comment from the host/hostess on my post I put a star next to the linky name.  The other 2 commenting columns are used to mark when i have commented on others linked up which in most “rules” is 2 for every 1 post that you link.  This planner is a life saver for me and I keep it pinned to a peg board in my office.

Now, some of you are new to the whole “linking up with linkys” world and it can be confusing and scary to the point that some just avoid it all together.  When I first started linking up the hardest part for me to get down was the placing of the host/hostess linky badge into my post.  We spend a lot of time designing and figuring out the techie problems for those badges, so please, please, please, make sure to put them on the posts that you are linking up.  For a fantastic informational post about linking up to linkys please click here.  Becky at Cuddle Fairy’s guide is a step by step instruction with visual keys to help you.

Please note that this is not targeted at anyone in particular and just a general post that I thought some newbies may find helpful.

If there is anything that anyone else can think to add to this post please feel free to leave it in the comments and I will run an updated version at a later date.

Happy Blogging,

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I am linking with the following fab linkys…

Pink Pear Bear

 

#momsterslink 12 ~ July 24, 2015

Welcome to another weekend of #momsterslink

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week…there were 23 of your lovely links.

Thurs 11:55pm(PST)US until Sunday 11:55pm(PST)US.

Link’s are a great way to discover new blogs and also to get your blog some new readers.  The only way this works… is if everyone posting, participates in sharing the #bloggerlove.  So if you really like someone’s post I encourage you to share it!  It only takes a minute and can produce a smile.

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If you are not quite sure how to link up to a linky, my wonderful friend Becky at Cuddle Fairy has a great instructional post here.

Rules are as follows:

*Please copy and paste my badge, which is located at the bottom of this post, into the bottom of the post that you choose to link up in the HTML/TEXT portion of your post. This helps others to discover this linky!

*Then copy and paste the URL from your post and return to this page and click on the blue button at the bottom with the little frog on it. This will take you to another page and click on the blue link up button at the bottom.  Fill in the blanks and link up! Once you get the hang of it you will want to link up to every linky there is! Trust me!

*Please make sure to check out and comment on at least 2 other blogs that are also linked up.  I have found the best way of this is to comment on the one linked up right before you and then one of your choice.  Commenting is a great way to interact and get noticed in the social world!

*When using any social media please use #momsterslink especially via twitter so that I can retweet along with tagging me @domesticmomster. Please note that I will be sharing all posts across my social media which is listed below, including my Pinterest board for #momsterslink

*If you choose to, you can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+ but not a necessity!

 I will be choosing a weekly favorite post that I will feature in the following week.

This week it goes to:

The Domesticated Goddess ~Don’t Count On Your Pet’s Microchip When They Are Lost, Here’s Why

It’s not only informative but also a story about a family who obviously loves their pet…and I love those kind of people 😉

Above all…have fun…meet other bloggers…and discover new blogs to follow!

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