link parties

Below, you’ll find a collection of the happenin’ parties where I like to link up!

What are link parties?  Link parties are an opportunity for you to share your work on other websites, as well as find new inspiration as you discover other bloggers who link up!  When you visit a site on the day of their weekly link party, you’ll see a button inviting you to “link up” – – and you’ll share your post url, a title for the post, and crop a photo from the post, which will create a hyperlinked thumbnail that others can click on.  When you visit a site that is hosting a link party that day, it’s important to read the “rules” of that host as some require you to follow their blog, post their button on your site, commenting on the two links before you, etc.  I have discovered some great blogs through link parties, so I definitely recommend visiting other bloggers and showing them some comment love.  It is a party, after all!  Also, many hosts will feature their favorite posts at the following week’s link party, so be sure to check back.  For more detailed info on how to link up, Funky Junk Interiors has a great post here.  I also shared a bit more about my love of linking up in my 10 Tips for New Bloggers post.  Happy linking!

MONDAY:

Monday Funday
Sumo's Sweet Stuff
I Should be Mopping the Floor
Huckleberry Love
Give me the goods monday
Sand & Sisal
Before & After Party
Sand & Sisal

TUESDAY:

Tip Junkie Handmade Projects
Sugar Bee Crafts
Photog Show and Tell

Third Tuesday of the Month

WEDNESDAY:

Ginger Snap Crafts
We Like to Learn as We Go
SNAP
DIY Dreamer
Two Girls and a Party

THURSDAY:

52 Mantles
Thrifty Thursday
The CSI Project

Related to a weekly challenge.

FRIDAY:

The Shabby Nest
Link Party Palooza
Tidy Mom
Thirty Handmade Days
Shabby Art Boutique

Shabby & vintage-related

Life Inspired

Last Friday of the Month

SATURDAY:

It's Overflowing
Little Inspiration
Funky Junk Interiors

D.I.Y.-home-related

SUNDAY:

Sew Many Ways Button
Under the Table & Dreaming
Bewitch Me & Titi
Dream a Little Bigger
Organize It!
get your diy on
Make It & Love It
Oh So Shabby
Sunday Soiree

Lovely comments so far...

  1. says

    Oh, my goodness! I never knew there were so many and that is just the crafty ones! I participate in a few that are food related. I got here through your advice post for new bloggers which a fellow food blogger shared on Google+ It was so spot on that I had to share again. Wishing you well deserved success!

    Stacy

    • says

      And believe me, there are even more craft linky parties out there than what I’ve listed…it’s wild! And I didn’t know someone else had shared my post on Google+ – – so cool. Thanks for the re-share. I gleaned so much inspiration while visiting your beautiful blog, especially in the writing arena. Will definitely be back!

      • says

        Thank you for your kind words. I’ve only been doing this since June 2011 so I am a relative newby too. My husband asked me once what my favorite part of creating the blog posts is. My response was that I love the cooking, because that is fun for me, but the writing is what makes it all worthwhile. Sharing the recipe is important, and sometimes it is all about the recipe, but sharing the story is what motivates me. It’s also why I read other blogs, regardless of their focus.

        • says

          Stacy, I so appreciate your comments. You hit the nail on the head with the word “story.” As a theatre teacher, so much of my work is centered around story – – affirming the stories of my students and helping them find the points where their stories intersect with their character’s story…I go could on and on about that. (I think you’ve inspired a blog post for me!)

  2. says

    Lauren, I have two questions about Linky Parties that I’m hoping you can answer. First, I’ve never seen someone mention this in their rules – should you generally stick to one entry per party per week from your blog, or can you enter like 2-3 things? Also, should the post be from the past week or so on your blog, or can it be from whenever? I know there aren’t hard and fast “rules,” necessarily, but what would you say is the norm? Thanks!

    • says

      Katie! These are great questions, and I’ll give you my two cents, although as you said, there aren’t hard and fast rules, and no linky party police that are going to come knocking on your door…at least, not to my knowledge (wink). But I’ll share from own experience: I tend to link up projects from the last week (to keep things fresh), usually 1-2. The exception might be if the party host specifically says ONE project or your BEST project. Sometimes if there is a specific theme listed for the party, then I pull from my archives to match that theme. So, if it’s a “Wreath Link Up,” then I’ll link up a wreath project from a few months ago. I would think that if you have not yet linked up a particular project to that party, though, it’s okay to link up an older one, but most expect you not to link the same project twice. I also personally try to visit one project for every one I link up (so if I link up two, visit two at the party). But that’s just me, and some hosts have specific requests (i.e. visit the 2 link ups before yours). Have fun, Katie!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Ha ha. Link parties are a heap of fun…but yes, they take a lot of time and focus! (Which I don’t always have either.)

  3. says

    Thanks so much for going through the work of creating this very valuable post. I have enjoyed exploring many of these blogs that are new to me and even linking up to several related to my blog niche. I know this was a ton of work for you but it has been a huge help to me!

  4. says

    I’ve only just discovered link parties this week. What a great way to find new blogs and get out and mingle. Thanks for this list, can’t wait to check out some of them!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      It’s definitely one of the #1 ways I grew my blog reach and made connections with other bloggers! Have fun mixing and mingling, Robyn.

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Oh yes! This is only the tip of the iceberg, too, Kimberly! Once you dive in, you’ll discover so many more. Have fun!

  5. says

    Link parties. What a great idea. I guess I’m so new to blogging that I never have heard of this before. I have been looking at your blog and you have done amazing! I looked back when you first started and you already had blogging tips. That’s amazing! It’s almost been a month for me. I will keep this in mind. I’m still researching and just now finding out about meta tags, labels, and descriptions. Lol! Keep up the great work!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      I am a teacher by trade, so I guess I am always thinking of tips…even when it’s probably too early to be giving tips! Lol. But welcome to blogland, Amanda! It’s a marvelous place. And by the by, you are WAY ahead of where I was at 1 month if you’re already diving into meta tags, labels, and descriptions. Way to go! I just recommend titling your photos with descriptions that relate to your posts (so they show up in Google image searches more) and writing in your ALT tags what you would want a caption on Pinterest to say. That’s my two cents!

  6. says

    In your experience, what is the best way to find linkups hosted by bloggers with similar interests to your own? The broad Google search?

    • says

      Hmmm…that’s a good question, V. You can try good old Google. Maybe “lifestyle blog” and “link party” in a search. But you know, I think most of these linky parties I discovered by exploring other bloggers’ linky lists (who are in my same niche). So, keep an eye out on some of the posts you read and when they hyperlink to a link list, check it out. Hopefully you can tap upon a gold mine of link parties that suit your interests!

    • says

      I would try to find a blogger’s link party list (like mine) that is from your same niche. So, if you’re a travel blogger, do a google search for “travel blogger link party” and then see if you can find their link party list. You’ll be amazed at how many you uncover when you keep your eyes peeled, too!

  7. says

    Wow, I have never even heard of a link party before, but I am IN.. TO.. THIS! Thank you so much for sharing. I probably wont link up tonight, as I have no idea what I’m doing… but I will be a pro soon! Thank you!

    • says

      All of the blogs on this page host link parties (you can click them to be taken to them). I found mine just through Google searches (for instance “craft, DIY, link party”) as well as simply by checking out other bloggers’ link party pages. Those are goldmines! Best of luck, Nupur.

      • says

        I love how you have this Link Party page set up and I have spent much of this evening trying to do something similar on my About drop menu for my WordPress blog.

        I finally have that part figured out, but, being new to blogging, I am very confused…I don’t understand how to grab buttons to link back to link parties. I know that it is good blogging etiquette to link back and I have joined a few parties today and feel awful because I still haven’t linked back. Do you use WordPress? Or know how I can do this?

  8. says

    Hi! Thank you so much for posting this information – I have seen these link parties and didn’t understand what they are all about. I am so very new to blogging and there is SO MUCH to learn! I am still not quite clear on how to link to these parties – or where you go to link – or the exact mechanics of it – but I will get there. :) I appreciate so much the helpful information that you have shared! I’ve cruised around your website and really love the design and organization! Take care! Wendi

  9. says

    Very useful post, we are looking at ways to promote our Charity Today News website/blog. I think it might be fun to get involved in some of the link parties (although at this stage I have absolutely no idea how to go about it! lol)

    Have added your blog to my favorites, best wishes Kathy.

  10. says

    Really pleased to have found your site from google search. I assume the listed linky parties are based in the US but i’ts okay to link into them if one is based in a different country. I’ll definitely be coming back to this page again and again.

    Many thanks for sharing this post.

  11. says

    Hello Lauren,
    I knew there were allot but , Whew !
    I’ve heard and even visited a few of these blogs but I will have to go back and check out others.
    Do you know how much blog content you need on your own page, to even get in the door? I have just recently taken the plunge after toying with the idea for a few years. I am not very pc savy but I am learning at a steady pace.
    I do need more traffic on my sight as I’m trying to get my (Little boxes of smiles) idea going.
    So… thank you so much for the great info.
    Very readable.
    KandiL

    • says

      Kandi! So glad you stopped by The Thinking Closet and that you’re excited to explore some link parties. To answer your question, you really just need one post to link up! Just make sure it’s relevant to the party theme (some are CRAFT / DIY specific while others may be for more lifestyle or spiritual posts). As my theatre teacher always encouraged us, “Go before you’re ready.” Dive in!

  12. says

    My sister is looking to start a craft blog, and I’m looking for inspiration for her. I’m thinking that perhaps having a linky party might give her the motivation she needs. And to possibly make a few new friends.

    I’ll send her a link to the page. Thanks, and I think she’s going to love your site 😀

    • says

      What a sweet encouraging sister you are, Hammo. Even if she just started linking up her craft creations at link parties, she’d quickly make friends that way and discover new blogs. For me, it was an essential part of getting to know the wonderfully supportive community of bloggers that exists. Also, here’s a post that may offer some encouragement and helpful tips: 10 Tips for New Bloggers {From a New Blogger.}

      • says

        Oh, that’s a bit awkward, I’m her brother .lol , but I’m still sweet ;-P Yes, I think linky parties are going to work for her.

        And thanks for the extra info.

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