Aug 31, 2016

What is a Blog Hop?

Since starting the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop I've been getting questions about what a blog hop is and how to participate. So here are answers to those FAQ.

What is a blog hop? 

Blog hops, also known as link parties, are a way to find blog posts related to a theme. For Waste Less Wednesday theme is pretty broad: zero waste, living plastic free, sustainability, less waste recipes, homesteading, upcycling or basically anything having to do with helping out the environment. There are others with themes on homesteading, finance, or even with no limits at all.

I am a blogger, how do I participate?

Great! I love having new participants and discovering new blogs! Go to the most recent Waste Less Wednesday blog hop. At the bottom of the post it will say Link up Below and then you will see thumbnails of posts already submitted. Below that on the left hand side you will see a blue button that says "Add your link." 

Clicking on the button will take you to the InLinkz website. From there copy the URL of your specific blog post not your homepage into the spot for URL. Check the title, put your email address, and add a photo. Click the "Done" button and it should be added to the link up. 

From there please add a link back to the Waste Less Wednesday hop. To do this I copy the blog hop link, edit my post saying "Shared on Waste Less Wednesday" with a link the the hop. Conversely you could post the Waste Less Wednesday button on your blog post. 

Finally, don't forget to visit the sites of your fellow bloggers. Clicking on the thumbnails will open up a new window with the post. Each week I feature the person who has been the most social. To earn this you must leave comments and/or share posts using the hasthag #wastelesswednesday. 

Why should I participate?

It's a great way to get your blog posts in front of a new audience! People visiting this blog hop all have an interest in the environment. Writing the blog post is the hard part. Posting it on the link up is a way get it out in front of people who want to read your kind of posts.

I don't have a blog, how do I participate?

If you are a reader, and not a blogger, you can simply click on the thumbnails of articles that interest you. Clicking on the thumbnails will open up a new window with the post. Feel free to explore all of the links. You may find new blogs you want to follow.

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