Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My "Grow Your Blog" Party!! All Bloggers are Invited!! This is THE Official Sign Up post!

***January 15, 2013 - UPDATE
If you are looking for the Grow Your Party list of participants for this years HUGE party -- you will find it here!

The day I started blogging is etched in my mind forever.  After working for what seemed like hours on my very first post, I held my breath while cautiously (and nervously) -- touching my fingers to the publish button.  One second later, I was a blogger.  At that time, I had no idea how this experience called "blogging" would change my life~~
Without ever packing a bag I'm able to visit with some amazing people from all over the world. Over the past couple of years I've developed wonderful relationships with folks on the other side of the world -- friends  that I truly cherish~~
 Dorthe lives in Denmark- she makes mermaids and dolls and beautiful crafts from objects that she finds along the beach near her home.  ~~  Jenny and her husband Enno live in Holland and have the most beautiful garden you have ever seen.  ~~Suzy lives in Australia and works her magic with lace -- an unbelievable talent. ~ My friend Jo also lives in Australia -- she introduces me to great art,  wonderful recipes -- she is an amazing cook, wonderful books and keeps me always thinking with her inquisitive posts. One more friend in Australia - sweet Neesie, shares her gorgeous artwork on her blog while  writing the most intriquing posts about her interests and life in general. ~~   Jim,Ron,(and Sophie Doodle) live in Nova Scotia- they showcase their amazing scenery on their blog and live life to its fullest -- all through the eyes of their adorable doodle dog - Sophie. ~~  

My dear friend Elaine lives in Canada- we share similar interests in books, movies and PBS series. She has given me some wonderful recommendations! She is also an amazing photographer. ~  Rod - my knitting extraordinaire friend - lives in Iceland (and I am going to visit him next summer!!)  This experience most certainly would not be happeneing if it were not for blogging!!  ~~ Liz lives in France and makes gorgeous crafts using some This experience most certainly would not have happened had it not been for wonderful items that she buys at the flea markets over there (lucky dog!) ~~ Paul lives in England-- he is an expert on plants and flowers and all things gardening related.  He has taken me to some amazingly beautiful places in England through the pages of his blog.~~ Myriam lives in Germany and is truly a wonderful friend. She is so kind and always remembers me on my birthday :) ~~  

Tammy lives in Kuwait and has introduced me to a whole new culture. She is a talented crafter, a world traveler, and shares some amazing recipes on her beautiful blog. ~~   Delilah lives in Finland, but is moving to England -- a recent graduate of a Master Gardening degree -- she is moving to take a position in one of the great historical gardens in the English countryside.  She makes beautiful jewelry. ~~  Mila lives in Italy in the place of my dreams, Cinque Tere - she is a painter and her designs are exquisite. ~~

Elvira lives in (sigh)--- Tuscany.  Her photography is simply breathtaking.  She shares photos of the Tuscan countryside that are beautiful beyond words- and she has a wild boar that she rescued as a baby -- she keeps her as a pet!  ~~ Catherine lives in Belgium -- she is a children's illustrator and makes beautiful bears.  Her party themed designs are precious.~~   And Maggie -- lives in France - in a beautiful historic Presbytere.  She shares stunning photos from around her home and takes us along on her travels.
These aren't just people that I know -- these are people that I love. We have become true friends through this experience called blogging~~

Whether you have been blogging for years or months or just days -- we all want the experience of making new friends and just knowing that there are people "out there" who care about and are interested in our blogs.  We want to be "heard".  We want people to visit - and leave comments -- and come back again and again to read what we writeWe want FOLLOWERS!!
My "Grow Your Blog" event is designed to bring more readers and FOLLOWERS to your blogs.  The premise is simple -- visit as many blogs as you can and follow those that interest you.  In turn, those folks will be doing the same thing -- and hopefully everyone will grow a bigger blog! 
We need some guidelines - so here they are~~

1.  ***Everyone who has a blog is invited!!  Please note - the deadline for entry is January 15!!!***
This is the official SIGN UP Post.  If you want to participate - please leave a comment here on this post.  Make sure you have a valid link to your blog and also tell me how many Followers you have.  ***I am going to place everyone into categories based on the number of followers that you currently have.  While you can certainly visit any blogs and as many blogs as you wish -- those of you with only a few followers may wish to begin your quest by visiting blogs that are similar to yours - so that you can support each other and more quickly add to your follower list.***
2.  PLEASE share the beautiful party badge (created by friend Karen) on your own blogs.  The more people that know about this event -- the better.  We need lots of people to participate so that you have a better chance of "growing your blog!"  Share this information with your blog friends, with your readers and followers -- perhaps do a special post about the event.  Spread the word!! 
3. Just in case you don't get what you want for Christmas (LOL!!) -- lets give away some prizes to our participants!  If you wish (it's NOT a requirement) you may give away a prize.  (Anything you want.)  The rules need to be simple -- anyone can enter, anyone can win - regardless of where they live. There is NO requirement that a person has to be a follower of your blog to win. ***The winner does not have to have a blog -- please make sure that you make that evident on your post -- anyone can enter -- anyone can win.***   Blogging has NO boundaries and you need to be willing to mail your gift anywhere in the world.  Let's all  do the same thing and give our prizes away on February 1, 2013.  You can announce the winner of your giveaway on Your blog.  
4.  **** Please publish your blog post late in the evening of January 18th.  I will publish my post as the host blog -- around midnight on the morning of the 19th.  I'll participate just as you all do - and will have a little give away of my own as well. 

Some suggestions for making this a better and more fun experience for all of us--
1. Introduce yourself on your blog.  Tell about who you are and why you started your blog.  If your blog pertains to a particular interest - tell about that also.  In short - let folks know what your blog is about. 
2. Make sure that you go to your blog profile and add your email address to your profile.  There is NOTHING more dreaded than the No-Reply Blogger status on your comment.  People want to be able to reply back to you and if they can't because you have not included your address in your profile -- they may get frustrated.
3. Comment Moderation  spam filter ---We all hate it.  Please consider turning it OFF for this event.  Folks just do not want to sit and have to type in those silly numbers and letters every time they leave a comment.  If you visit 50 or 60 blogs - that might get old really fast. It is totally your choice to turn it off or leave it on -- I am just suggesting that you turn it off.   
4. VERY IMPORTANT -- Be sure that you have your Follower button installed on your sidebar!!!   (It's located in the gadget section of your design page- just click to add it to your sidebar.)  
5.  You might want to consider adding your email address to your sidebar someplace where folks will see it.  (you can add that by using the text gadget)
6.  Put your first name someplace near your blogger profile and share a photo of yourself if you would like.  People want to identify with you and to call you by your first name when they leave their comments.  
7. Please -- we are NOT selling things here.  That is not what this event is about. The purpose of this event is to Meet-Greet- and Grow your blogs! So please don't take advantage of that.  If you have an ETSY shop or website -- just have it listed on your sidebar.  If folks are interested - they will go there. 
8.  If you want to give your blog a new "do" in time for the party --- you might want to contact Karen - she will make your blog look beautiful! 
This is my way of giving back to the blogging community that has given SO very much to me. I feel in my heart that this event has such great potential to help your blogs to GROW and to change your blogging life -- especially if you are a new or novice blogger.  I'm so very excited to have the opportunity to host this event and to invite you all to participate.  My fingers are crossed already -- and we still have to wait 2 months!!!  Lets use that time to spread the word among our fellow bloggers.  Please - Please-- share the information with all of your friends.  Lets make this an unbelievable event!! (and then we can do it again next year!!)

ps -- coming up next -- a little motivation for some pre-Christmas shopping and a little reward for my devoted followers! An I LOVE ETSY Party!! .  I will link to some of my favorite ETSY shops and--- I will link to yours.  If you are one of my devoted followers and your etsy shop is ready for Christmas shoppers -- then I would love to help to bring folks to your etsy shop.  I will have all the info in a post that is coming up soon - so be watching!!

And so it begins~~ the first donation for my "Pink Scarf Project" has arrived.  Donated by the generous souls at the Lady of Fatima Church in Huntington, West Va-- it is beyond beautiful and so very special.  The flower embellishments were added by my friend Janet Yost.  This scarf will bring a smile and a warm hug to someone who is recieving treatments for Breast cancer. 

Please consider participating in this special project.  You may make or purchase a pink scarf for your donation. The scarf you donate could make a difference -- You can find more info on my sidebar-- or here.   



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Edie said...

I would love to join this. Thanks for coming up with an amazing idea.

Edie said...

Silly me I forgot to let you know I have 22 followers.

~ Darlene said...

I would love to participate! I only have 33 followers of my blog and 56 on Facebook.

www.MyHoneyBunch.CO = My Blog

My Honey Bunch = Facebook Page

Thanks so much!
~ Darlene

~ Darlene said...

I would love to participate! I have 33 followers on my blog and 56 on Facebook.

www.MyHoneyBunch.CO = My Blog

My Honey Bunch = Facebook

~ Darlene

111 LaLa Lane said...

Hi Vicki. I'm sure this is a major undertaking and I would like to say thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

I''m a new blogger....only a couple of months now. My blog Is mostly about the humor I find in everyday things....from family life to my many adventures. I am still learning how to do all things bloggy. As a matter of fact, I don't even know how to add your button to my sidebar. I will figure it out, though. I have 4 followers and can't way to grow that number and to meet and make such great friends as you have mentioned here.

My name is Laurie. Hope you stop by for a visit. I would love to meet you.

Ellie-Mae said...

What a wonderful idea. I'm a tiny little blog with 34 followers.
Come on over, mainly quilting.

camp and cottage living said...

I just read about your party. If it's not too late I' like to join in.
I have 242 followers. I live in a cabin on the Canadian side of Lake Superior and have worked in the Yukon Territories and the Northwest Territories.

Maria said...

I'd love to join you! I have 212 followers on Facebook and not sure through the blog only (just moved over from Blogger to Wordpress).

J said...

Hello! I would love to participate in your great idea! I have 55 followers and post about fun activities with children. I am at

Jay said...

I just saw this idea on another blog that I have followed for quite awhile and looks like fun. My blogs are pretty broad of reflections...occasional rants!! Have 34 followers and my blog is

Tina Benson said...

I am in ! I have been blogging almost a month, but I would love to grow as I have no followers at all yet.

Can not wait to meet many new people !


Annette said...

I'm in! I am looking forward to finding new blogs to follow :)


Denise said...

What a fun idea...I want to play, too. I have 70 Followers on my blog. Thank you for this chance to "grow my blog".

blessings, denise

Maria Nazareth said...

i would like to participate but i have just 7 followers
my blog is
my email is
I crochet ,do embroidery and cross stitch
Thank a lot

PiaD said...

Yes I would love to take part! If I am not too late, that is... I have 38 followers on my illustration blog My e-mail is piadrent [at] gmail [dot] com

ayjay said...

I know it's too late to join in officially, so I will just spend some time going through everyone's lovely blogs.
In case anyone hops through the comments, I'm at (I have 36 followers).
Have fun tomorrow!

Cathi said...

I would love to join in. I have 400 followers.

This is a great idea. My blog is

Faith... said...

I would love to participate if it is not to late...

My blog is Faithfully Stitching which is located
and I have 100 followers :)

Thank you!

Sherrie {Bird Lady} said...

I just found out about this and would so like to join in. I'm a tad past the deadline, is it too late to enter? I'm Sherrie, and my blog is Bird Lady Blog. I have 7 followers right now and would love to meet others interested in birds and other creative outlets.

katica said...

Count me in! Sounds like a wonderful idea!

173 followers to date!

Kati :O)

Theresa Halverson said...

Hi Vicki. What a great idea! We could all use more friends. My name is Theresa. I live in SW Wisconsin. I have a blog that I just started with 24 followers so far. It has decorating ideas which are unique and ways to think outside the box. We are also renovating an old 158 yr old flour mill into our home. We live in an old railroad depot that we just finished renovating also. My blog is . I hope you and others will follow me and become my new friends.

Cindy Lee said...

Oh, I am SO sorry I didn't find you before this wonderful event! Hopefully, I'll know in time before the next one. Good Luck to all you Bloggers! :)

Cindy Lee said...

Oh, I am SO sorry I didn't find you before this wonderful event! Hopefully, I'll know in time before the next one. Good Luck to all you Bloggers! :)

Reed Pugh said...

I am late to the party, what's new, I just heard about this on Gardens Eye View. Hopefully you can add me, if not I understand.

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Vickie.. I hate to be a party pooper, but I won't be able to participate with the blog party. I have been busy with one thing and another, and just over-extended myself now. So sorry, but I hope that people at least saw your badge on my sidebar, and will still be checking out the fun for the day. I hope to still meet everyone who IS participating just the same. Hope it's all a big success for everyone's blogs! ~tina
(at Beansie Babbles; and Beansie's Blessings)

Stasa Lynn said...

Oh I am so sorry I missed this... Hopefully you will do it again next year!

Happy New Year and your newest grandbaby is ADORABLE!

Lindi said...

I would love to do this, so I am giving it a try.

Lindi said...

Just saw I was too late, next time.

Erik D Shipley said...

What!? How did I miss this? Unfortunately I am too late but this is a great idea. If you get around to it you could always stop by anyway. I think I may be interesting enough for a few to come by.


Lucy Chen said...

I would love to participate of course!
I currently have 114 followers. My blog address is

The Velvet Closet said...

This is an amazing idea Vicky! Thank you so much!!

My friend and I are also new Bloggers and this is exactly what we needed at this point!
Our Blog:

You can check our post for this on our blog here:

We will try to expand it as much as we can!!

We have 15 followers and 80 people like our page by now!

The HOME GIRL said...

Hi there! I just found out about this newest link party and I'd LOVE to join, if it's not too late. I only have 3 followers, as I'm something of a newbie here (I've been blogging about 2 weeks)and didn't have a place to set up any followers for a while...haha. I am excited to be a part of this fun group and to make lots of new friends and be inspired! Thanks for hosting this!

Colleen Dazzling said...

Hi Vicki thanks for this wonderful event but i just missed it :( what a shame , i was hoping for some followers but JUST MY LUCK cause i have no followers lol
this is my blog
just check it ou :)

Erika Nittel-Traser said...

Hello dear Ladys! I am interested! I have 19 followers, have been blogging since one year, and would love to expand!

Sending greetings and hugs -Erika

Kourtney said...

This is such an amazing idea! I'm so disappointed that I just now found out about it! Otherwise I would have been all set and prepared! Ah well, perhaps next year!

Julia said...

I know I'm late for this but I'll give it a try.

Anonymous said...

I am late too. Maybe next time. What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

I am late too. Maybe next time. What a great idea!

Billi's Paper Batiks said...

I just stumbled across your "Grow Your Blog" party. What a great idea. I am too late to for this year's sign-up, but I hope to be included next time!

My blog "Artist at Work" is at

I'm a fine artist/craftsperson and am currently working in polymer clay.

Thank you for the opportunity.

Kelly@CCCC said...

I'm sorry I'm a day late for posting, grandbabies are a blast! But here's my link for my post!

Garden Chef said...

Oh it's past the deadline. I could have taken part in this! I only have 42 followers.
I'll watch out for the next batch :)

Anonymous said...

I have met some wonderful people blogging, I am late applying. If it is not too late my blog is:
I only have 38 followers and am a new blog.
I am Deaf and hoping for more readers!

Kelly said...

Found your lovely blog via Boulderneigh's blog and would love to participate in the party.


Gaby Bee Germany said...

I'm too late. What a pity I didn't come here sooner.

Andria said...

I just found out about your event about ten minutes ago, and I'm hoping to join up past the deadline! My name is Andria, and I blog at I currently have 130 followers, and have made some tremendous online friends since I started bloggin in earnest last January. My posts are about crafting, art making, mail art, and motherhood, among other things.

Tootsie said...

craaaaaap! I missed it! was nice to pop by though! hugs from Alberta Canada!

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Krista @ said...

I guess I missed it, too! I hope you will do another! Glad to find your blogs and the others, too!

Krista @

Tootsie said...

My name is Glenda...most of the blogging world knows me as Tootsie. I have a little page about gardening, junkin, interior decorating, and living life creatively. I offer a weekly party called Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers...and I love every one of my 900 followers like family!
Thank you for hosting this great party...and welcome to my list of online friends!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•.

Natasha said...

Alas, I missed the deadline for the blog party... perhaps I'll make it next year.

Wildflower(: said...

I'd love to join, though im pretty new at this.

Cathe Alvarez said...

Count me in. I just started blogging. I'd love to participate. I don't have followers yet.

hugs and thanks ^_^

Tammie Everly said...

Hello Vicky~ Nice to meet you...What a wonderful idea, I'm in! I am Tammie Everly of TTE Designs.
I currently have 144 followers and would be thrilled to add to that number. I am an avid blog reader and look forward to adding some new inspiration to my reading list. I am a new follower of your blog too! :-D

Lori Anderson said...


Lori Anderson

Sharon Jones said...

Yes please, I would like to join in.

I only have one follower, sounds a bit sad, doesn't it.

I quilt, knit, crochet and cross stitch.

But at present mainly quilting and knitting.

Sharon Jones said...

OOpps, forgot to mention, went through your checklist and think i have it all set out, well hope so anyway. Thank you for the tips/advice.


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