Tips for New Bloggers: Link Parties and which to join.

Link Parties are a great way to help your blog grow. A link party is a place to post your new blog post and read other posts in return. They are hosted by various bloggers and there are lots to choose from. I have a monthly garden one called #MyGloriousGardens.

Calling all Bloggers- Which Link Parties to join 2017

I love joining Linkies. It’s definitely helped me to ‘meet’ new bloggers but also helps your new blog posts to be exposed to more readers. You also ‘get to know’ other bloggers within the community which is also a way to expose your content to new readers as they will often retweet or reblog a great post for you.

Here are my top link parties that I regularly join.

Monday

Reflections From Me

Mummy Times Two
One Messy Mama
Two Tiny Hands

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All Mum Said
My Random Musings
Pink Pear Bear
Tuesday
3 Little Buttons
Mummascribbles
The Tactical Mummy

Mother of Teenagers

Wednesday
My Random Musings

ethannevelyn.com
Real Mum Reviews

 

The Pramshed
Potty Adventures
Thursday

Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com

Mummuddlingthrough
Suitcases and Sandcastles
Friday

ethannevelyn.com
Life Love and Dirty Dishes
Post Comment Love

Lucy At Home

Twin Mummy and Daddy
Saturday
Mission Mindfulness
Sunday
Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
Monthly link Parties
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This is my Linky and it runs from the 1st of each month and is dedicated to Gardens/Garden reviews/Garden products/outdoor posts. At the end of the month, I post a roundup post of all the entries.
I’m sure there are many more but these are the ones I regularly post to.
I hope you have found this post useful.

#MyGloriousGardens September Link-up Party!

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It’s time for the #MyGloriousGardens September Link up Party!

This is a link party for any posts about being outside, gardens, gardens you may have visited, garden product reviews, days out with you family to a place with a beautiful garden, summer garden posts….basically anything garden related!

The summer hollibobs are coming to an end and the children (and their teachers) are returning to school. I never know where the time goes in the summer holidays! It seems to have whizzed by!

I have visited lots of beautiful gardens in August but I have never been to anywhere as beautiful as Seville! I hope you will enjoy my post. I have also linked up a post about the jobs I plan to do this Autumn.

I can’t wait to read all your amazing posts! So get linking peeps!

Some Guidance for all your lovely linkers!

If are a new linker, the rules are simple…..just click on the blue link up button at the bottom of this screen and it will take you to a new page where you can copy and paste your posts.

If you would like, add the #MyGloriousGardens button to your post -you can find it in my sidebar (widget).

Tweet me @oldhouseinthes1 for a retweet. Retweet any posts you really love.

Spread the linky love by commenting on some of the other bloggers posts, including mine please. Please don’t link and run! It’s not what this party is all about. As a guide, try to comment on the post directly before your and one of the hosts post as a minimum.

I will comment on every post linked up and share on all my social media sites. I have discovered Sumbleupon this month and its directing LOADS of traffic my way! I will put all posts on Stumbleupon as well as Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook -do check out my pages. I always post a round up post after the link party has closed so that you get further traffic from that. What’s not to love!?

#MyGloriousGardens August Round-Up

Here is the August round-up post. I really can’t believe it! Where does the time go??

This month we had 21 link ups so that is amazing!! Thank you to everyone for helping to grow our community and welcome to our new linkers!

I don’t have favourites but I tend to comment on each post. I also share each post on my Facebook page and Tweet on Twitter.  I hope you are getting more views to your posts from this increased exposure.

A polite reminder that you do need to comment on other posts please. The minimum is one of my posts and the one post before yours. Don’t link and run as that is not what this community is all about! If you end your comment with #MyGloriousGardens then I can see immediately who has commented. Thank you. I have also decided to round-up using our names so that we can begin to speak to the person behind the blog!
Here’s the Round-Up

JOHN

John has linked 2 posts this week. The first is definitely a must for new bloggers; a directory of all garden blogs. This is so useful and it is how I found some of my blogging friends. If you are not on this list, you can contact John and he will add you.

The second post was John’s personal garden round-up. I love these posts as I am basically nosey! I like to see what other gardeners are up to!

RACHEL

Rachel posted a great post about her children enjoying a ‘Mud Kitchen’ outside in her garden. I am an Early Years teacher as well as a lover of the outside so this post really appealed to my playful side! I love the mud kitchen ideas that encourage children to explore their world in a different way -Bake Off using mud! Glorious!

MAINY

I loved Mainy’s post about how to use a pallet to create a vegetable garden. This would appeal to so many different people but is especially great for people with a very limited space. A simple yet easy idea and a project that you could do in a day. Thank you for posting Mainy! Check out Mainy’s linky too -it’s a one off linky for the summer.

BRIGID

Brigid is a regular linker so hello Brigid! Thank you for linking 3 posts this month. If have never read any of Brigid’s posts, my favourite was the one you are taken to when you click on her name above. Brigid will often review a garden that she has visited as I often do. The posts linked this month are stunning and I shall add them to my list of places to visit! The last post is the round-up of her own garden in May. Thank you again Brigid!

SARAH

Sarah is a new linker so thank you for joining us Sarah! Sarah’s post was about her own experiences and the effects of a garden and being outside on a person’s health. I so agree with this in every way. I am a Forest School Practitioner and have seen how being outside can be calming yet invigorating for young people. It helps to put the ‘in the moment’ where they can forget about everything else and forget the stresses of everyday life. A lovely, lovely post.

ANN

Ann has linked before and always has posts that are both helpful and informative. This month’s post reminded us that we can plant vertically as well as in the ground and she had some great ideas that would suit any garden. One idea I loved was the little baskets that can be hung from a wall or would equally work on a balcony or conservatory. Thank you Ann for linking this post.

DEBORAH

I love a bit of Whimsy in a garden! I have old chimney pots full of flowers and a tin bath with my bedding in it so this post about using an old chair as a planter was right up my street! It is a very easy project and could be adapted in any garden. Thank you Deborah for joining us this month.

HELENA

Helena is another new linker -hello! Helena has a crafty, lifestyle, parenting blog and linked a super post about creating stone ladybirds for the garden. I love to include little ones in gardening. These are super cute and easy to make! In fact, it reminded me of painting stones with nail polish when mine were young! So lovely to keep too.

NOLEEN

Hello to Noleen; a new linker from Cape Town. Noleen’s post was about how to create a herb garden over a weekend. Her husband made her a herb box using an old pallet which looked amazing! I also loved her photographs of her trip to the local garden centre; it looked very much like my local one her in the UK. Her daughters helped her to plant it up and voila! It looked great. Thanks again Noleen.

JOSHUA

Joshua linked 2 posts this month and both included his cute little girl! I love that Joshua is blogging about gardening but everything he does has a link back to wildlife, hence the title of his blog. His second post talks about his new favourite gardening tool called a ‘Hori Hori Knife’ and how it basically does everything! It looks amazing; I may have to get one. Thank you also to Joshua for writing a link back post about this linky. That was very kind of you!

KAREN

Karen wasn’t sure whether to link her post about helping to bathe her horse from her wheelchair but I think it’s a lovely post and you are very welcome Karen. The love of horses never leaves you I don’t think. I’m not sure I could have washed this massive horse sitting down though! Thank you Karen and hope to see you again.

MICHELLE

Michelle found me but we actually live very close to one another in Wiltshire! How funny this internet malarky is! I love Michelle’s post about finding a frog in her garden. We have hundreds of tiny frogs in the old house garden but I didn’t know that they take 2 years before they breed -thanks Michelle! Lovely wildlife post. Thank you for linking.

THOMAS

Thomas is a professional  horticulturist and gardener from Hampshire. He has rather a lot of expertise so his post, about how to prune our roses, is very welcome! As a newish gardener I can never remember which part to leave and which part to prune. Thank you to Thomas for linking this informative post. Do pop over to his blog. I also learnt about sawfly larvae by reading his blog.

JANE

Jane is a regular linker but funnily enough also linked a post about pruning roses. The only difference is that Jane lives in Australia so is pruning in the Southern Hemisphere! Interesting to see the differences and similarities with the post Thomas posted. Jane offers great advice; she really knows her roses as she has so many in her beautiful garden!

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Thank you again for linking up for the August #MyGloriousGardens Link party. I have really enjoyed reading all of your posts.

Sophie

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100 Posts

This is my 100th post!

 

My Random Musings

Blogging Block

I have Blogging Block.

After a break from blogging and apart from writing about that amazing break, I’m a bit stuck….I think this is normal but I’m never quiet…it’s just not me! I think being away from my blog has helped me realise that well, it’s taken over my life just a teeny bit??Maybe having Bloggers Block is a good thing?

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What to write??

Apparently I need to write a post like…

“10 ways to cure your Blogging Writers Block.”

or

“How to overcome writers block when blogging in 5 easy steps.”

It’s good for SEO apparently.

So……..here are my 5 easy steps to curing my blogging Block.

1. Get a coffee.

2. Tit about on social media for a bit.

3. Read that book that has been lying by your bed for months whilst you have been blogging.

4. Talk to your family.

5. Resume normal life.

Voila!

I hope that my Bloggers Block is not terminal. I’m off into my garden for a bit…..

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Any advice fellow bloggers?

One Messy Mama
My Random Musings

#MyGloriousGardens Linky Round up July 2017.

#MyGloriousGarden Linky
Well, here we are and it’s the July #MyGloriousGardens Link party! I know that some of you had to wait to link up but it was worth it as we had 14 linkers this time! This is brilliant and I thank each of you for supporting the linky. I hope by linking that you had or found some new blogs to read and admire. I love finding another blog that is inspirational or a post that is a great read over a cup of coffee.

I had to round up earlier than I would usually as I realised that the weekend was crazy busy with my son’s hockey so I hope you all don’t mind!

As you know, this Linky is to celebrate all garden photos and posts. Anything garden related can be posted. This week it was so lovely to see some garden posts from parents as well as our lovely posters that love to visit or have their own Glorious Gardens! I have decide to keep the Link party for a monthly event so that we can all enjoy our gardens! Feel free to use the #MyGloriousGardens on your social media posts though as then I can find you and comment. It would be lovely to grow this community on Instagram.

As a thank you, I don’t tend to have a favourite but comment on each post. In that way, I hope you all get a few more readers to your blogs. Just a little polite reminder to please comment on as many other linkers posts so that we build our community and spread the blog love.
JULY 2017 ROUND UP

Sprout and Sprig

Lacey posted 2 posts this time. One about her hens with crazy names (Wilhem von Cocklespurs!!) and another about using garlic scapes in her cooking. I must admit that I have never heard of Garlic Scapes in the UK…have I missed something here? yes, it looks like I have, as the sauce for pesto looked delicious! Thank you Lacey! Lacey is doing up an old farmhouse like me so I think we have much in common.

Gardening Ltd

Hello to Ann who posted about Kalanchoe plants. She is from South California and so these beautiful plants are to be found in her garden. It’s much too cold here in the UK but you may have seen them sold as house plants. They are very pretty little plants and so delicate! Thank you Ann. I hope you can post again next month.

3LittleButtons

I have to confess that I am an avid reader of Annette’s blog and personally asked her to join this time! Thanks so much Annette! I love this post about a Bloombox subscription service that looks very tempting indeed! Do take a look if you haven’t already! Plants….delivered to your home! What more could you ask for!

Watching the Daisies

You know that by reading some blogs you know the person? Well that’s what it is like when I read Brigid’s blog. Her post about Bloom, Ireland’s Chelsea equivalent was soooo lovely with stunning photos! Do pop over to her page for a better look. She also has a book…..

All things Spliced

Nicola is a new linker too…hello and welcome! I love that she linked a post about introducing her toddler to gardening. Start them young she says! I couldn’t agree more! It helps that her baby boy is so cute with his watering can! I remember my daughter at this age doing the same thing. It’s lovely to see young children interested in their garden and growing plants.

MSnubutterflies

Hello again Shannon! Lovely to have you. Shannon has been posting about her beautiful garden which has changed so much since we last linked up! Shannon is an inspiring gardener as it’s not always easy for her but her dedication is for all to see. Thank you Shannon for linking again. I hope to see a new post next month too.

Stone Cottage Adventures

Welcome to Marci! Another lovely blogger from the US. Again, Marci lives in an old house and has a fabulous blog about crafting, gardening and her daily adventures. Her post is about creating a fabulously cute fairy garden; something I will be doing in the old house garden in the future! I have made something similar with a class at school once so there is no excuse for me now! We hope to see you again next month, Marci.

30 Days of Wild Parenting

Lovely to see Joshua again this month! Joshua is a teacher like me and also a Daddy. His blog is another I read often because he loves nature and wildlife as well as being an Early Years teacher, like me! This post was about different books he enjoyed. I liked the mindfulness one in particular.

TheCadyLuckLeedy

Cady has been “holding the fort” for me whilst I write reports! She has been busy blogging using the #MyGloriousGardens so has posted 2 posts this time. I have to admit that my favourite was definitely the one from The garden of Ellen Terry and I can see why Cady loves the garden so much here! It is a perfect cottage garden and so pretty! Thank you Cady and I hope to see more stunning garden posts through Instagram.

Candelo Blooms

Jane and I chat over the internet about her roses! Her garden is absolutely stunning so I was so pleased she joined us this time! I think I have nagged her enough! This post is about books that she has found inspiring. Thank you Jane for these great choices. I hope you can link one of your roses posts next month.

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#MyGloriousGardens week 4. Let’s Link up!

Well, here we are and it’s week 4 of #MyGloriousGardens Link party! Thank you to all of you that have waited to Link up! It’s been a busy few weeks here in the old house.

As many of you know, I love my Gardens and Gardening! Summer is here and it’s time to celebrate all things garden related!

This Linky is to celebrate all garden photos and posts. Anything garden related can be posted. It may be a post about a great day out with your family, a garden you have visited, your garden, a garden product or an outdoor place you have visited. I don’t mind anything as long as it is celebrating a Glorious Garden! No posts about other Link parties please. I have posted 2 this week just because!

If you have never been to a Link party before it’s easy!

Here is a great guide to what a Link party is……what is a linky?

Just link up your post by clicking on the blue Inlink up button. Copy and paste the url of your post/s or photo in the first box. Then click on the second box and it will fill in automatically. Add your contacts or a – and you have done it! 

There are minimal rules (and I’m not really worried if you don’t all stick to them!).
1. Tweet me @oldhouseinthes1 for a Retweet.
2. Follow me on Twitter, on the blog and on Instagram.
3. Comment on my post and one other of your choice.
4. Spread the Blog love by reading and commenting on other people’s posts and I will read all posts and comment. I will share all on my social media sites.
5. Have fun!

 

If you would like to add my button to your posts, the code is on my widget (side area) underneath my social media sites. You just copy and paste this code into the HTML part when writing a post.

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The Unique Blogger Award

I’ve never had a Unique Blogger Award before so thank you so much to Cherylene from Living Vs existing For nominating me! How fun and exciting!

Cherylene is such a positive and motivating blogger! She describes herself as, “a woman who has refused to let the negativity in my life and the world at large hold me back from pursuing my dreams.” How amazing!

I particularly like Cherylene’s Health and Wellness Fridays. Perhaps because by Friday, I’m looking for a bit of health advice before I reach for the wine!

‘Thanks again Cherylene. I really appreciate this nomination. ❤️

My questions from Cherylene.

1. What do you think is the most unique thing about your blog?

Perhaps my variety? I’m not sure. I hope that readers like the variety in my posts anyway!
Use one word to describe your blog. Eclectic!
Other than blogging what else brings you the most joy? My family, my class, my pets and my garden and that is in no particular order!

The Rules

Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
Answer the questions.
In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
Ask them 3 questions.

My Nominees

The Garden Frog
Nature on the Edge
3 little Buttons
MSnubutterlies
That Travel Lady in Her Shoes
The Tiny Potager
So…what now?

What do you think is the most unique thing about YOU as a person?

Other than blogging, what takes up your spare time?
If you were invisible for the day, what would you do?

I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following blogs, I am able to show thanks and appreciation for the contributions you all make on a daily basis. If you choose to take part, that is fantastic because I would love to read your answers! If not, no worries! Just keep writing… 🙂

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OH THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES.