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The Lesser Known Linky Post

August 13th, 2012

Tots100 Blogging Basics

Some people love them – some loathe them. But however you look at it, the humble Linky is here to stay.

Confused?

A Linky is a bit like a blogging prompt set by one blogger – and all the bloggers who choose to write about their prompt link share their posts in a list at the bottom of the originating blog’s post. These lists are called ‘Linkys’.

Like most things in life (with the exception of chocolate ice cream) the Linky has pros and cons.

Linky lovers point out that taking part in these posts makes you feel a part of the Mummy (and Daddy) blogging community. They’re ideal for when blogging inspiration is short, or if you have JUST the perfect picture you want to share.

But readers can find Linkys boring – imagine if 50 parent blogs all write basically the same thing on the same day. And a Linky post tends to benefit the host more than anyone else (taking part in a Linky usually means you are giving a link to the host, but you won’t receive one in return).

But there is a way to use Linky posts without being part of the parent blogging herd. Why not take part in one of the Lesser Known Linkies highlighted below?

Supporting these newer Linky posts means you’re helping out an up-and-coming blogger, and there’s less chance of your post being lost in a list of 50 or 100 other blogs, writing about the same thing.

And truth is, there’s a Linky for almost every sort of post. Don’t believe us? Read on…

Funny Kids

As parent bloggers, we often write about the funny things our kids say and do. So why not share those posts on Childcare is Fun’s new Silly Saturday Linky, or Actually Mummy’s Wot So Funnee Linky, which opens every Tuesday?

If you have young children, you might also submit a post to Toddler See Toddler Do, which opens every Friday on the Life and Times of the Working Mum.

Shameful Stories

We’ve all been there. Done something that constitutes an EPIC fail on the parenting barometer. Fear not, support is yours if you enter the Fail Friday Linky over at Parenting on the Frontline.

There’s also support for your parenting dilemmas at Parentonomy, a monthly meme that aims to pull together loads of parenting tips and experiences for us all to learn from.

Food & Cooking

Food is a huge part of family life, so it’s hardly surprising there are a number of Linkys about food and cooking. Taking part in these Linkys is a great way to find new readers and new blogs, since they may be used by other bloggers who aren’t parenting bloggers.

Meal Planning Monday takes place every Monday (surprise!) over at At Home with Mrs M. Meal planning is a great way to reduce food waste and spend less money on food. For vegetarians, there’s the occasional Viva Veg, where you can share meat-free recipes.

If you cook with your children, why not try the monthly Cooking with Toddlers over at Cooking with Your Toddler?

For more ambitious cooks, there’s a monthly Forever Nigella set up by Sarah from Maison Cupcake which challenges bloggers to try out a Nigella recipe and blog the results.

Special Memories

Got a post about a special memory? Why not submit it to Little Legacy, a monthly Linky that celebrates the lessons we learn from people we’ve lost. This one happens on the penultimate Thursday of every month.

Green & Thrifty Living

We love Step Down Sunday, a Linky that encourages us all to share the small steps we can make to live more ethical and environmentally responsible lives. Magpie Monday is another great Linky, which celebrates all the fab things to be found in charity shops.

Thrifty Thursday is perfect for finding inexpensive inspiration, too.

General Writing

Not all Linky posts have a strict theme – sometimes they’re more about the writing than the topic. For example, the monthly Bloggers’ Alphabet Linky has a different theme each month and encourages bloggers to get writing.

The 100 Word Challenge is perfect if you like creative writing but you’re short on time – each week, you’ll be challenged to write something creative in 100 words or less. Alternatively, if you fancy trying your hand at video, then Chez Mummy runs a monthly Show Real video challenge.

Photos

There are a number of Linkys around that encourage bloggers to share photos, and we like the idea of Fridge Friday – inviting you to share what you’ve stuck on the fridge each week. If you like telling stories behind the pictures then why not take a look at Flashback Friday, which does just that.

If you’re a nature lover, then we recommend Closer to Nature, a weekly linky that encourages bloggers to share their photos of the natural world.

Play Ideas

Some of the most popular Linky lists are around play and crafting for children. Some of the lesser known Linky lists that might be worth looking at include Little Builders, a great place to share your children’s construction projects, while Friday Finds shares new play ideas. Country Kids shares ideas and inspiration on getting kids outdoors and connected to nature.

The Kid’s Co-op is (we think) a US Linky but could be a great way to discover and meet new blogs. Find out more on their Facebook page. Every Thursday, the team at Science Sparks also share educational play ideas via the Fun Sparks Linky.

Lastly, if your kids love to read, we suggest checking out Book Sharing Monday, where bloggers share book reviews and recommendations for little ones.

Fashion

Are you and your family fashion-forward? Then you’ll love What I Wore Wednesday from Transatlantic Blonde, and Trendy Toddler Tuesday, which comes courtesy of Maria at Very Busy Mama. Or why not try out Moodboard Monday over on Love Chic Living?

Crafts

Along with cooking, crafts is another area that’s filled with Linky lists and link-ups. One of the best is the monthly Needlework Days, from Feisty Tapas

 

So there you have it – almost 30 brilliant Linky posts for you to link up with! Did we miss your favourite lesser known Linky? Feel free to add details in the comments. 

 



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Sally Whittle is founder of the Tots100, Foodies100, BlogSummit and the MAD Blog Awards. When she’s not working, she can be found blogging at Who’s the Mummy, or having fun with her 8 year old daughter, Flea.

25 Comments

  1. Jenny Paulin
    Posted 13 August 2012 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Thank you for mentioning Flashback Friday :) and I have discovered some new linkies here so thanks for that too x

  2. Posted 13 August 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    What a fab post! I have used one or two or these – flashback Friday and Wot so Funnee – Plus The Gallery on
    stickyfingers (tara cain) defo gave my posts a bit of extra traffic and introduced me to some fab blogs! So helpful :)))) thanks x

  3. Posted 13 August 2012 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    I love a good linky so set up my own based on travel/summer holiday posts – please feel free to have a read of everyone’s holiday memories and add your own: http://3childrenandit.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/we-are-sailing.html

  4. Posted 13 August 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    I do a monthly challenge dedicated to River Cottage. All details of the latest challenge here http://joskitchen.co.uk/2012/08/03/river-cottage-rocks-5-summer-time/

  5. Posted 13 August 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the mentions! Much appreciated. x

  6. Posted 13 August 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I also run a linky. It is called ‘What has made me happy’ and funds every Tuesday. http://www.offcumden.com/p/what-has-made-me-happy.html

  7. Posted 13 August 2012 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Some great linkies mentioned (and thanks for including my video-based linky). I’ll have to go and give them a look

  8. Posted 13 August 2012 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Excellent shout out for Fail Friday on Parenting on the Front Line. It is the most popular of our two (lesser-known) linkys, quelle surprise. Thank you for including us! Some great ones there for me to try out too.

  9. Posted 14 August 2012 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Thank you! And you’ve reminded me about the 100 word challenge which I used to love! Half the problem is remembering to join in

  10. Posted 14 August 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    This is a useful post. Some of these Linky’s I was aware of and knew who ran them. But other’s I’d seen on various Blogs but didn’t know where they’d originated!

    Thank you,

    Claire

  11. Posted 14 August 2012 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Don’t suppose you could add the Linky I’ve done for your Summer Party? http://oldersinglemum.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-tots-100-summer-special.html

  12. Posted 14 August 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I have 2 blog hops, my first is a brand new one released yesterday Monday Mobile http://wp.me/p2B9HX-La and then I have a #LoveFooodHateWaste, recipes using leftover food http://wp.me/p2B9HX-Ej, thank you xxx

  13. Posted 17 August 2012 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    My new linky stated 2 weeks ago and its to link up any car boot finds. Would love to see what people have found….

    http://family-budgeting.co.uk/2012/08/12/car-boot-booty-designer-socks/

  14. Posted 27 August 2012 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi, may I add my Cake of the Week linky please? Not a competition, just a chance to show off your creations. Any type of cake welcome, doesn’t have to be professionally decorated. Recipes welcome too!

    http://casacostello.com/cake-of-the-week/

    Thank you!

  15. Posted 2 September 2012 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Allo allo,

    I’d love to add my Treasure Box Tuesday linky/bloghop to the list. You can blog anything you consider a treasure whether this is a current possession, something you desire, a memory evoked from a special photograph, childs toy, charity shop find – the options are bounded only by your imagination! More details here http://www.planet-family.com/treasure-box-tuesdays/

    It doesn’t have to be a new post so you can dig through your old archives!

    I look forward to reading about your treasure!

    Sarah x

  16. Posted 5 September 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    We just started one specifically for posts on parenting, it’s called the Sunday parenting party
    http://www.tamingthegoblin.com/search/label/The%20Sunday%20Parenting%20Party

  17. Posted 7 January 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Motivational Mondays has just started to help one another keep our new years resolutions.
    http://pinkoddy.co.uk/blog/?p=7711

  18. Posted 9 January 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Trendy Toddler Tuesday is now run by http://www.medicatedfollower.com – needs a good boost, so would be good to get this amended.
    Thanks

  19. Posted 15 February 2013 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    What a great post, I’m off to try out a few new blogs! Thank you for sharing.

  20. Posted 10 April 2013 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Hola!
    Laura and I do Calender Cakes… Baked goods on a monthly theme!
    http://www.dollybakes.co.uk/p/calendar-cakes.html?m=1
    Rach x

  21. Posted 22 April 2013 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I run two linkys from my site. The first is called ‘Prose For Thought’ every Thursday and is a link for original poetry and prose. Details here: http://www.vevivos.com/prose-for-thought/. The other is Post Comment Love and is a link to heighten the awareness and get some comments on literally ANY post you have written that week, it could be general, a photo, competition, your own link, a link to a link! I also run a newbie showcase at the same time for new bloggers (rota for this now running into August!). Details of the weekend just gone here: http://www.vevivos.com/2013/04/19/post-comment-love-and-newbie-showcase-19th-to-21st-april/

  22. Posted 22 April 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    I host #MagicMoments linky every Monday (it stays open till Thursday)
    All you need to do is link up a magic moment for you, new job, outing, first tooth .. anything! Old post or new post its up to you :-)

    http://theoliversmadhouse.co.uk/magic-moments/

  23. Posted 5 November 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    There’s a great “Nostalgia” linky out there by SaveEveryStep. Basically blogs about recording memories.
    Different theme every week, from first crush, to first record bought, etc!
    This is this weeks:
    http://saveeverystep.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/penny-for-the-guy-lifes-a-journey-nostalgia-link-up-week-82/

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