Ever linked up to one of those linky parties and not given any thought to the work that goes on behind the scenes. I admit that I have been guilty of doing just that. I never once did I think of the hard work that went to make the linky party a success. I just wanted to post my link for exposure and go. Even when I was just a cohost on the #HomeMattersParty I thought wow this is so easy.
Boy was I wrong? God knew what He was doing when I received an email from one of my favorite bloggers Lorelai from Life with Lorelai asking me to take over the hosting position that Kristen ( who is also one of my faves) from The Road to Domestication was leaving. I thought sure why not. Not really knowing what it all entails I thought it would be easy. Boy was I wrong!!!!
First let me say that I don’t regret sharing in the hosting tasks with Lorelai. I feel like we are two kindred souls. We have so much in common it is not funny. Not only is she one of the first people I go to when I have a blogging problem she is also one of the first I share news with. It is almost like we have known each other for years instead of months. I have learned so much from her about coding and graphics it is not even funny. But this isn’t a one side relationship as I answer her questions about bringing her blog to the next level.
Enough about Lorelai, the linky party is what this post is about. I never thought much about what went into these parties but I have a new respect for all that put these together. The coding is enough to make you go cross-eyed or at the very least give you a headache ( which happened to me last week). And don’t get me started on the graphics. Some weeks things just seem to flow easy and other times I want to throw my computer out the door and jump up and down on it. ( I am still typing on said computer so I have never actually done it but I have wanted to.)
Sure there have been times that I have wanted to email Lorelai at the beginning and say I can’t do this or its to hard. But luckily, I was raised by a Marine Corps Master Sergeant and a Marine Wife so the word quit is not in my vocabulary. ( Unless I am telling my girls to quit doing something. 🙂 ) And I am glad I didn’t because it has made me grow as blogger and the knowledge that I am obtaining is helping me in other areas of my life.
Sure there is that dreaded time every week when both Lorelai and I are stressed to get the codes out to the other cohosts so they can check to make sure all links are correct but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I made an awesome friend in Lorelai, get to learn a lot of new blogging tools, have some fun and fabulous cohosts who are pretty cool to work with and also I have gotten some great ideas from the linky party.
So hosting a linky party has made me a better and more creative person. What in your life has challenged you and made you a better person?