Linkys; Why Do You Bother?

Linkys; Why Do You Bother?

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.

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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?

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  1. May 31, 2017 / 5:32 am

    The community aspect for me is greaT #familyfun

  2. May 31, 2017 / 7:26 am

    I think I like linkies because of the variety of content you see within them. It’s also nice to feel part of a blogging community x #familyfun

  3. May 31, 2017 / 7:40 am

    I’m with you on this Sarah, especially the bloody link droppers!! They think we don’t notice…
    my views have changed on the purpose this year though and it’s all about the community and the bloggers I love rather than exposure. I’ve got to the point where if no one actually commented on my blogs I wouldn’t cry but I would enjoy theirs. Well some 😂
    I’m a big fan of #countrykids over at coombe mill always good quality… that’s the other thing too, I value good quality comments and questions on my blog over the “great post” style comments!! These are the bloggers I give more time to!
    And an essay is not always appropriate 😂😍😳🙄

  4. May 31, 2017 / 8:02 am

    I love linkys and join in with several each week, I always leave comments on other blogs as many as time allows, mainly because when I went self hosted I lost all my comments and linkys have helped me to build them up again thanks for hosting this linky#familyfun@_karendennis

  5. May 31, 2017 / 10:40 am

    I love linkys because of the variety of posts you get to read. Also learning more about the bloggers that I love.
    #FamilyFun

  6. May 31, 2017 / 11:17 am

    I do linkys not because I get great page views from them, but I find that I get a lot more engagement on my posts when I do. Even if sharing isn’t part of a linky’s rules, I find that if I write something that resonates with people, they’ll share it. Linkys also give me a good excuse to catch up on blogs that I might not have time to/remember to engage with otherwise. #FamilyFun

  7. May 31, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    If you are prepared to take the traffic a linky gives you, surely you have to contribute in return?! Nice to see I’m not alone in obeying the rules…. #familyfun

  8. May 31, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    I started joining in with linkys for exposure but now I also join to discover other posts. I have occasionally forgotten to leave comments when I’ve had a busy week but now do always try to comment straight away when I can! #FamilyFun

  9. I can’t get enough of the comments! I just love the little pang of excitement I get every time someone comments on one of my posts. And I hardly ever got any before I started linking up earlier this year. That’s the first reason I link up to as many linkies as time allows. The fantastic side-effect of linkies is feeling part of a community, which I didn’t really expect. After a few weeks of frantic linking up, I have slowed down to 3-4 per week, on good weeks, which I really enjoy. I haven’t tried Marvellous Mondays yet though!
    Thank you so much for hosting #FamilyFun, Sarah, it is one of my favourites hands down. (And I’ll get round to doing that interview for you real soon, I promise!) x

  10. May 31, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    I have “met” some lovely bloggers through Linkies….they have been really kind about giving me advice as a new blogger. 6 months in, I still love linking up to read all the different posts. I think to start with I was probably linking up to too many and perhaps I was one of the link and go people (sorry) but I didn’t realise how much time reading all the posts took.
    I now have started my own Linky….it’s called #MyGloriousGardens and I thank all you other linkers for the help along the way. Blogging is a happy and kind place and that’s been a revalation.

  11. May 31, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    I think you have summed it up brilliantly Sarah – I regularly join a few linkys because they have become a collection of posts from bloggers I follow and respect – an easy way to keep a track of peeps’ posts. I would love to branch out but just don’t have the time at the mo and I like to commit to the linky and usually read more than the designated quota. Thurdays has become my linky reading and commenting night (tho not this week as it’s Halfterm and I’m having a bit of a break) with a glass of vino and it’s an evening I very much look forward to! I also find I return to linkys where I feel I am building up a bit of a relationship with the hosts (as much as you can virtually) – people I feel are like minded with posts I like reading and who obvs take the time to properly read the posts that people link and write meaningful comments too. You and Karen always are so thoughtful with yiur comments and that means a lot. Xx

  12. May 31, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    Since starting the Triumphant Tales linky (shameless plug! forgive me!), after a while, I found myself joining less and less. Time. That was my issue! But after a few weeks, I really started to miss them! I found I wasn’t keeping up to date with my favourite blogs and I really felt out of the loop! Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve begun to make a conscious effort to join at least one a day, more if time allows. I think linkys are such a sociable place and I wouldn’t have found half of the blogs I have if it wasn’t for them. But I know what you mean about people link dumping. Hosting has really made me aware of it a whole lot more. When we all put the time in, as hosts and fellow linkers, it’s only fair the people reciprocate. #FamilyFun

  13. May 31, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    I have a love-hate relationship for Linkys but agree it is great for discovering new blogs, gaining inspiration and feeling plugged into other people lives. You prompted me to join this weeks linky! #familyfun

  14. June 1, 2017 / 6:38 am

    This absolutely needed to be said and written. I have had my fair share of grievances over linky etiquettes too, particularly two: (a) when there are as many as 4-5 hosts and linkers are expected to comment on every single one of their posts, plus one before or after, and one other just because – what the heck! Who has time to do so much!? At that point, joining, participating, and following the rules simply becomes a tedious chore and comments tend to be likewise, insincere, brief, or uninteresting out of commenting fatigue. I have since, stopped participating in linkys that have more than 2 hosts.

    (b) when linkers don’t follow the rules of commenting – these can be easily found out if the rules are to comment on posts before or after yours. I’ll admit I have been guilty of this maybe a couple times but I have almost always followed up down the road and commented on some other post even without the lure or expectation of reciprocation or linky rule incentive.

    Oh well….Anyway, I really do like the three linkys I participate in now and hope to continue to be part of them whenever I can
    #familyfun #ablogginggoodtime

  15. I joined linkys initially to get people to read my posts – not for the site stats but for the engagement and for hearing other’s views. However, I now also relish the opportunity to read what others have shared. There are too many awesome bloggers out there for me to remember to always go and check out their latest posts. But linkys are a great way to see what my favourite bloggers have most recently written. They really do take time though so I only link-up when I can invest time in reading and commenting. It makes me really upset when people don’t take the time to do their bit. I understand life happens and sometimes folk forget. But over time you do start to spot repeat offenders and I do find myself avoiding their posts or linking around them!

    #FamilyFun

  16. June 1, 2017 / 10:25 am

    This is a spot on1 The posting and running doesn’t bother me as such as I think people that do that are in it for the wrong reasons so it wont work out for them anyway! Me personally I do around 3 a week one over the weekend and two in the week I sit down with a cuppa and love to read through the posts. I wont get to read all of them if its a huge link but I pick the ones that I think I will enjoy from the title.

  17. jodie filogomo
    June 1, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    They can certainly take up much time, but then how else do we find other blog to read & discover??
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  18. June 1, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Oh I love love love linkies. I love hosting as I really like the sense of community! I love keeping up with other bloggers and have my faves. I sometimes prefer the smaller links. Lately I haven’t had much time to do many outside my own links as I’ve been so busy with work. But I look forward to starting up again when things calm down. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  19. June 1, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    I love linkies. It is definitely about the community and getting to read a variety of different blogs and posts that appeals to me. I would love to join in with more linkies, and i would if i had the time. The #FamilyFunLinky is obviously one of my faves 😁 It may actually be the first linky i joined in with as a newbie.. #familyfun

  20. June 1, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    I’ve started joining in more linkies, as I hoped they would drive in more traffic-as yet I’ve not seen much of this.
    I’m also aware they’re a bit “marmite” in the blogger world-with some absolutely hating them. I’m still undecided on whether they’re worth the effort-but hopefully that will change.
    #SharingtheBlogLove

  21. June 1, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    I love linkies. I started for the exposure but I found a sense of community too and now hate missing one. My problem is that I try them all out then love them and don’t want to stop joining so join them all and end up with no time left to write. I was joining 25+ every week at one point. I’ve had to cut this down now, but if you count the ones where you can add more than one post I still join around 14 a week. I always do my share of the commenting and there have been a few linkies I stopped joining because I never got any comments back. I’ve stopped checking now though and just join the ones where I love the host blogs and the others who usually link up and love catching up with everyone x
    #FamilyFunLinky

  22. June 2, 2017 / 6:48 am

    Very well said. I love joining linkys but have found that I get far more out of them if I stick to the ones I enjoy for the community, but also finding new linkys exposes you to new bloggers. It’s a case of put in what you want to get out for sure!
    #ablogginggoodtime

  23. June 2, 2017 / 8:32 am

    I love a linky, but have to admit that I find far less time for them these days. I love them as a way to read blogs I know and love, and also to discover new reads that I might have missed. As well as getting more interaction on my own posts of course! However, I’ve also noticed lately that I don’t always get back what I put in – I try to comment on lots of posts that catch my eye, and also try where I can to reciprocate comments that I’ve received. But I have to admit that it is disappointing and frustrating to not even get back the required comments from, say, the person after you in the linky. I’ve noticed from running our linky that the people who link and run don’t receive much back, and more often than not, don’t ever return, so they aren’t really getting anything from it. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  24. June 2, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    This is brill! I use the various linkys I join to keep up with my faves, as well as for exposure for my own blog. I couldn’t agree more that if you’re not going to really get involved then it kind of defeats the object! Fantatstic post #ablogginggoodtime

  25. June 2, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    I feel the same. I’m sad that several I used to do have changed because the host is no longer commenting just sharing. A lot fewer people are now taking part which is a shame but understandable because it can mean you don’t get any comments back. Bt I have a few I do religiously that everyone is good about sharing the love, and Fiona’s Countrykids one she now calls out how many people haven’t done the minimum commenting, and gives links to those who comment the most. It certainly means we all get a lot more comments.

    I try and do 5-10 commenting/visits on each linky. Some I’ll do all, others less dependent on the time I have. I’m always amazed by how many new bloggers link up their posts to 10-20 linkies. Then I realise they much post once a week to find the time to link up and do the commenting for that number of linkies. I post daily, so only linky up posts to 1-2. It’s definitely a great way to branch out and find new blogs to read. #sharingthebloglove

  26. June 3, 2017 / 7:39 am

    I really enjoy reading other blog posts from the linkys but because we don’t have broadband and only very limited data, which is so slow and nowhere near 3g it’s pretty hard to keep up. I’d love to join in more but just stick to the ones with the best Community feel, like yours! #familyfun

  27. June 3, 2017 / 8:54 am

    I love reading other posts and often stumble them too. I have before meant to come back and comment and have forgotten. #familyfun

  28. June 4, 2017 / 1:24 am

    I still have a few that I make sure to visit, but being here in the States, the time difference makes some of them not worthwhile. I tend to be at the end of the list. I’m also always a day or so behind in my commenting, finding you now from #blogginggoodtime.

  29. June 4, 2017 / 9:03 am

    Linkys are great for the reasons you have given above. However, there are others where it seems you have to be cool to fit in and the hosts don’t even bother to comment either! #FamilyFun

  30. June 6, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    I love linky’s and I think it’s a lovely part of the blogging community. I have about 10 ten linky’s that I join in over the month and I genuinely enjoy reading the posts. I know from running my own linky how much time goes into running a linky and I appreciate the effort the hosts go to. Sadly there will always be people that don’t follow the rules, but people quickly suss them out and they don’t get the comments. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  31. June 8, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Love this post so much! When I started joining linkies, I did it for the exposure, and commenting was just a hoop I had to jump through in order to take part. But, like you said, over time, it becomes more than that – I began to find blogs that I really loved visiting, and I began to get to know people.

    Now I host my own linky and it means that I had to cut back a lot on joining other linkies (which I still feel disappointed about as there are blogs that I miss reading). But, as a host, I’ve realised how many people don’t follow the rules and it’s so sad. Ours asks bloggers to add 1 of their own posts & 1 post by someone else – the whole point of the linky is to help out fellow bloggers, it’s our USP – and yet we’ve had to contact quite a few people for only adding their own. What’s the point in joining if you’re not going to join in in the very ethos of it?? I just don’t understand it. And it spoils it for everyone else.

    But I still love linkies and the community that they create. I think you get back what you put in. #ablogginggoodtime

  32. June 12, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    I host #BlogCrush with Lucy ^^ and I agree it is so frustrating when people don’t follow the rule of adding a post from another blogger, that is the whole point of our linky! I love joining linkies though, I always end up commenting on more than asked for as I just love reading blogs. I have had to cut down how many I join in with now i have to commit a lot of time to my own.xx #BlogCrush