Saturday, November 9, 2013

How to Participate in a Blog Hop

By M. J. Joachim
Sign up on the link list provided. Your blog will be added with all the other blogs. (I’m using Celebrate the Small Things as an example – This hop requires writing about short positive moments from your week. It is an ongoing hop that takes place every Friday.)

Read and follow all blog hop rules provided by host. These vary from hop to hop, so make sure you know what you are signing up for, to determine if you're willing to participate. Most rules are in accordance with the general list I'm sharing in this post. However, there may be other rules added at the discretion by the blogger hosting the hop.

Link back to the host of the blog hop – In this case, VikLit

Highlight her name and add the link in your post.

Right click and save the blog hop badge, so you can insert it as a picture in your post – this is pretty much optional, but it makes it easier for all who visit, as they recognize you as a participant more readily. 
Copy the code (if provided) for the blog hop list of participants.

After you’ve created your post, go to html mode – top left in blogger, next to the compose button. Scroll all the way to the bottom and paste the code at the very end of all the other html code.

The list of participants will show up at the bottom of your post this way. Again, this is optional, but most people do it to make it easier on all participants. 

On the day(s) of the hop, visit as many of the other blog participant’s blogs as you can, leaving a kind comment for them. They will do the same for you. Some people take a couple of days to visit everyone, especially if the list is long. 

Note: Not all blog hops make the code available for participants. This is okay, since you are linking to the host of the hop, and she has the list on her site anyway. 

That’s all there is to it. 

When you sign up, just put the name of your blog and a link to it. Then add your blog owner name and email as required. Once you do so, you’ll be given the option to go back to the main blog. 

Thank you for visiting Writing Tips. I hope this helps clarify things for those who are new to blogfests and blog hops, as well as those who are curious, but not sure if they should join them. I must warn you, blog hopping can be addictive; it’s also a whole lot of fun!

M. J. 

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