How Hosting a Linky Party Made Me a Better Person


How Hosting A Linky PartyMade Me A Better

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?

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  1. I have never hosted a link party, but I have participated in a few over the years and some of my best friends in life, I met through linky parties.

  2. Who would have thought that? I’ve never hosted a linky party before so I had no idea all the work that goes into it but I’m sure it’s a lot.

  3. Linky parties are a great way to connect with other bloggers. I do Wordless Wednesday. I will I had time for more of these!

  4. It sounds like a lot is involved with putting together a linky party. I enjoy checking them out.

  5. I’ve started writing for other sites, and it’s definitely a challenge but so rewarding! I’ve met really great people through the blogosphere. 🙂

  6. Linky parties are a great way to grow as a blogger. Hosting one can be hard but it sure brings traffic and you meet lots of new people.

  7. It’s so cool that this has such a positive impact on you and that you were able to learn so much from such a close friend! These parties are a lot of work!

  8. I have never hosted a linky party, but it sounds like it would be great for y blog. Thanks for the great info.

  9. I used to do them when I first stated blogging. They are a LOT of work! But the payoff is worth it, and I met some of my favorite blog friends though them!

  10. I have been blogging since 2009, I have hosted many of linky parties. They definitely help drive traffic. Some fizzled over time but then it is good to take a break. I link up at your linky party almost weekly!

  11. I’ve never hosted a linky party before, it sounds a little nerve racking. Definitely something to think about for the future of my blog.

  12. Working with my elderly patients everyday has made me into a better person. It’s hard to be a compassionate therapist nowadays in a world of productivity & business.

  13. It is great that you came out with such a positive experience and a great friendship from co-hosting the linky party. I think it is always great when people step out of their comfort zone and expand their horizons a bit.

    I was invited to attend a Fellowship program at Rutgers about 10 years ago paid for by Johnson and Johnson. I had to live 3000 miles away from my family for a period of time in the summer but it was a great educational experience and I am now a Fellow. I would have to say that was definitely a challenge for me.

  14. You’re right! I hardly think about the “behind the scenes” of a linky party. I usually just drop my link and go. I love that you’ve teamed up with a very good friend for your linky party! I’m sure that makes it all worth it!

  15. Linky parties seem like such fun. I’ve never done one before but I love them and have found some amazing blogs to read via them.

  16. I love this post!! I totally understand about the stress, etc. It is so worth it, though. I love working with you as one of the #HomeMattersParty co-hosts and can’t wait to see what the future holds!! You’re a blessing to learn from! 🙂

  17. Being a co-host for parties that require you to comment on other blogs has been a good learning experience for me. Even when a post is not something I am interested in, not my style, not my taste, whatever, I stop and remember that person has probably poured their heart and soul into their posts (like I have mine) and I do not want to rain on their parade. There is enough negativity out there, and I just want to encourage people to follow their bliss.

    I love co-hosting with you and Lorelei! #HomeMattersParty

  18. This is an awesome post! I have so much respect for both you and Lorelai. Just the small part we do as co-hosts is hard work, so putting it all together is just amazing. A great big Thank you! I really enjoy being a part of #HomeMattersParty

  19. Linky parties are fun and it is great to meet so many interesting people through them. I am glad that you stepped up and put so much time and effort into creating a fun environment for so many bloggers.

  20. I knew your job would be a hard one. Just after being a co-host and seeing the deadlines that are involved is enough for me right now with a full time job as well. You two do an awesome job and I appreciate you. Thank you for doing it.

  21. Linky parties are fun, but they are definitely hard work. I co-hosted one for a few months and eventually just had to beg out. I appreciate the hard work that goes into these too.

  22. It is not an easy job at all. I know how much you and Lorelai are working hard to make this party run smooth. I am so happy to be co-hosting this great party. And sure hosting or co-hosting has changed a lot of things positively in me too and my learning new things every week.

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