Saturday, January 8, 2011

Doing the Blog hop!

No - this isn't a new dance class I've started while in San Miguel - but I have just tried my first blog linky and blog hop so thought I'd tell you about them and maybe you'll enjoy them too.

I've decided to use a blog hop for all the "bird a week" challenges on my blog.  You can see it in action on this week's blogpost here: "Bird a week #1"

But maybe it takes a bit of an explanation!

A blog linky is basically a blog tool that allows readers to leave a list of links in your blog post that relate to your post.  So for the bird a week challenge, whenever anyone adds a flickr photo to the group or writes a blogpost about their weekly bird, they can add the link to my blog post, so readers can link to all the participants.

A blog hop then, is a shared blog linky in that everyone who adds their link to the linky, can also add the whole list to their blog post too. Any new entries to the blog list are then automatically added to all the blog posts.

I know it sounds a little confusing but when you see it in action - it's a lot simpler!  Here's what it looks like on my first "bird a week" post:

Now if Joy or Lorena want to add this list to their blog post, they just click on the "get the code here" and insert it at the end of their blog post.  If someone adds to my linky, they automatically are added to all the linkys!

See - clear as mud!!!

Hmm. Maybe I'll try this on my merry go round posts too, so it's easy to link through to everyone's posts. 


Joy Funnell said...

Yay, I sussed it :-)

vilterietje said...

i'm sorry, but it's realy as clear as mud to me haha! love, riet

kittyanydots said...

i'm stuck in the mud also, haha! i'll come back & try to figure it out later. here is a link to my bird:

Lutka And Co. said...

Hi Ruth,
I just joined the challenge. I am on wordpress and was not able to copy/paste the blog hop code. Do you have any idea how I can do this in wordpress? Thank you!

Ruth said...

Hi Linda. They have a different code for wordpress blogs. Can you send me your email address and I'll send you the code.