For many bloggers, not all granted, linkys are big business. We add our posts for exposure, to be read and commented on and in return we sign up to comment on a certain number of posts, good idea yes?
I wonder though if deep down people genuinely link to read other posts or whether it is all about stats and exposure? If it is then truthfully I see no issue with that as long as you keep up your end of the deal and reciprocate on the comments. I however learnt that not everybody does. I have learnt this largely through running my linky. My host, Karen of Two Tiny Hands, and I have never made a point of checking the comments and making sure everyone does their bit because ya know, adulthood. Yet we have wondered whether this is the right call or not as people have contacted us to say they aren’t always getting the comments, which is a shame.
Poor linky etiquette is also a little unfair, as people do put time and effort in the posts they write and joining linkys so it does feel a little like common curtesy to do your bit. Since hosting I have learnt that we only get the best or most out of a linky when we all do our bit, if exposure is what you are after, then treat others as you wish to be treated. I am not saying we should read all the posts or that you will even enjoy all the posts. None of us will, we are after all all different and what interests one may not another and there is nothing wrong with that, but we don’t know until we try. I also appreciate the time constraints everyone is under and I am not coming from anything that resembles a high horse. In my time I have failed to uphold all the rules, I may have forgot to add a badge, forgot to comment, none of it has been intentional but we all lead busy lives and sometimes these things happen. I get that and the purpose of this post isn’t to have a moan.
For my part I have taken part in a large number of linkys over my blogging days, well once I figured out what they were. It started for exposure but as time went on and I became a regular attendee it became a place to follow and catch up with other blogs I love. It became a place to find more of the same, read new and different blogs but now, what it has become is being part of a community. It sounds a little deep but I have got to ‘know’ so many people and learn so much about their lives through blogging and linkys that this is how it has started to feel, especially within my own linky.
That said, I join less linkys now mostly because of the time it takes. I want to uphold my end of the bargain but to do so takes time, it doesn’t however mean I enjoy them any less. I join a variety of linkys, some because of the traffic they drive (Marvellous Mondays anyone?), some because of niche they promote, such as travel (such as fearless family travel by Wandermust Family) or interiors (like, HOME ETC by Mummy of Boy Girl Twins) and some because I always enjoys the hosts posts, (see A Blogging Good Time by Diary of an Imperfect Mum and Mummy in a Tutu) and the linkers that take part. What I have started to do lately is to branch out to find new linkys and new posts to read and I have found an enjoyment in them all over again. So much so it has made me want to try and give a little more time to them. To perhaps a join a few more and do more than the bear minimum required. I always used to do this but running my own ate into the time allowed for this. So perhaps a rejig of the blogging priorities is in order?
So when it comes to linkys, yes they are time consuming and there are ‘rules’ but they can also offer so much in return, so much more than some idol reading, but a real sense of community and often friendship or kinship with your fellow blogger going through the terrible twos with you, and that is why I bother. What about you? What do you think about linkys and why do you bother?