Wednesday, December 26, 2012

My "Grow Your Blog" party -- updates and reminders

It's almost time!!! My "Grow Your Blog" party is just 3 weeks away.  We've been talking about this since late summer and now the date is almost here!!

Over 150 blogs are signed up to participate so far -- the opportunities to increase readers and followers for your blogs is going to be huge! So mark your calendars for January 19 and start giving some thought to your post. 

Some suggestions for your post--

1. You must have a dedicated blog post that relates to the Grow Your Blog party-- Introduce yourself and let the readers know a little bit about you and your blog. You might want to include a photo of yourself -- its not a requirement -- just a thought.  

2. If you wish - you can host a giveaway -- and you may gift anything that you choose.  There is NO requirement to have a giveaway -- it is a personal option.  Just remember that for those that do --- the contest needs to be open to all visitors to your blog and the only requirement to enter is just to leave a comment.
***For continuity -- lets all close our contests on February 1- you can announce the winner of your giveaway (if you are hosting one) on that date. Please go back and announce the winner on your actual Grow Your Blog post -- just add an update.  You will also need to email the winner or go to their blog and leave a comment telling them that they have won your prize.
3.  If you wish -- you might want to consider turning off your comment moderation for a few days during the party -- but that is also totally up to you. 

4. Be sure to link back to my blog -- since as the host blog I will have all the blogs listed who are participating.  Also - please include a photo of the blog logo as seen above. (Just so folks that visit you will know what's going on!)

5. Publish your post on the night of the 18th before you go to bed -- that way it will be ready to read for those folks on the other side of the world when they begin their day!

That's it -- that's all the rules -- we want this to be fun and easy for everyone.  Plan on visiting as many blogs as you can and sign up to follow those that interest you.  There is NO time period as the post will remain active on my blog and the link will remain on my sidebar for the rest of the year ---so you can visit the blogs as your time allows. 
**If you are interested in perhaps giving your blog a little updated look -- maybe a new blog header or just an overall new appearance -- you can visit my friend Karen Valentine.  She can breathe new life into your blog.  You can contact Karen by email here--

If you have any questions or concerns -- just email me.

Remember to keep spreading the word - do you think it's possible that we might hit the 200 mark??? That would be huge for your blog growing opportunities!!!  ***Please note that this is NOT the sign up post -- if you are new to this and wish to sign up for the event -- please go HERE to sign up. 

I'm getting very excited!!

****Update 1/3/2013--
January 15 is the last date that I can accept entries for the party-- entries are coming in faster than I can get them loaded in!!  I think we are actually going to come close to 300 participants!  I only have 2 hands and I am working them to the bones here!! LOL. So please - if you wish to participate -- you need to leave a comment on the official sign up page no later than January 15!**** 


Unknown said...

Hi Vicki,
Thanks for hosting this! Wow - is it only 3 weeks away already? !!!
I've emailed you as I just wanted to clarify something.... :-D

Tammy said...

My how time flies! It'll be here before we know it. Best wishes to you, Tammy

Shirley said...

Hi Vicki, I almost forgot. Hubby was in the hospital at that time and I am so glad you put out this reminder and update. I am always wanting to meet new people and make new friends here in blog land. Where has the time gone? It seems like it just gets started and it is gone. Have a great day. Hugs and Prayers from your Missouri Friend.

SuZeQ said...

Oh dang ... wish I had a blog so I could play with y'all. SOMEday.

Julie Marie said...

Hello Vicki... hope you all had a very Merry Christmas... and I want to wish you a beautiful and blessed New year... have fun with your party... I am actually content being what I call "just a small town blog"... love each and every one of my followers, especially YOU, and feel like visiting with each other is like when I was a little girl, and my mama and her two best friends would get together for coffee at our home after us kids were off to school, then they would chat and swap recipes and catch up on what each other had been doing... I hope my small~town blog sends out that same loving feeling to anyone who stops in... much love to you, xoxo Julie Marie

Peggy Lee said...

Hi Vicki...I'm so glad you posted this reminder. I was just thinking yesterday that it was coming up but for some reason I thought it was in February.

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Vicki!!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas my friend!! You are so sweet to include me in your post. I'd love to help anyone who wants to get a fresh new look!!! Love ya and Happy New Year!!!!!!

Cache-Mire said...

Hi Vicki, I am really looking forward to this event and meeting new friends! One quick question do I link back to you? I did manage to post a photo of the event but don't know how to make it link back to you. Still learning :-)

Unknown said...

When I saw this blog update on my dashboard I got super excited.I can't wait to get started putting together my post for this event. Looking forward to meeting other great bloggers.

Carole said...

Merry Christmas Vicki, though I'm a little late.
SO nice of you to offer this party.
Good luck

Marlynne said...

Looking Forward to this event!

KathyB. said...

3 week away? I am looking forward to it!

KathyB. said...

3 week away? I am looking forward to it!

Veronica Roth said...

Oh Vicki, the time is finally almost here...I'm so excited!! Thank you sweet friend for the visit to my blog and the reminder. You do such lovely things for people, some of who you've never even met. Thank you, thank you. :)

Lili said...

You have so much energy and I can always feel your excitement for everything you do. You are such a sweetie!! xoxo

Jennifer said...

and so the anticipation begins...

DreamChallenge said...

Such a fun opportunity. Thank you for bring us together. L U

PatsyAnne said...

WOW - what a great idea! I don't have a blog right now but am putting together ideas for one so will join you next year. Until then, I'll join you and all the other bloggers to "grow YOUR blogs" hoping that next year you will all help me grow mine. I'm a retired gramma of one little one who lives on a limited income so all ideas are welcome for what my blog should contain. GOOD LUCK Everyone!

Neesie said...

Oh my...only three weeks away for this party to get started!
That time is going to fly!
I must start planning now. ;D
Thank so much for organising Vickie...I know it's going to be a huge success.

In the meantime have a wonderful New Year. Best wishes and Good Luck for 2013.
Let's hope it's the best one yet with lots of creativity thrown in!
Hugs my friend xoxo

Maggie said...

What an exciting party! I've spread the word to my fellow members at Inspiration Avenue. I hope they'll all join in!

Fat Dormouse said...

What fun! I'm looking forward to taking part. I've emailed you, regarding View from the Teapot.

Maureen said...

Hi Vicki! I can't wait! I have already purchased a gift for my giveaway and have been practicing with my new camera, taking all kinds of photos for my special blog post on the night of the 18th! Thank you so much for hosting this... I am so looking forward to reading many more wonderful blogs!

Mom E. said...

I am glad I came by and realized my post was not on the original blog post! Please let me know if it came through, I tried it again. I posted in October, but I don't see if anywhere on your original post.
Thanks so much! Betsy
Have a great day! I will check back tomorrow and see if it worked!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Wow! Time has sure flown by; looking forward to having a great time. Thank you, Vicki. I'll do another blog post to promote.

Kim Henkel Creations said...

Hello Vicki, Thanks for the update. You mentioned some trouble with my followers button. I checked it out and am hoping it is working okay now. Thanks for the note. I will get my post ready soon!

Jim said...

Hi Vicki! I have my post scheduled to be posted on the 18th around 11PM. It was fun to do. I think I did everything you wanted. It's going to be quite a PARTY!!! Put on your dancing shoes Missy!

Kaisievic said...

Hi Vicki, I have just heard about your party. Is it too late to join in the fun?
Hugs, Kaye

Andie said...

What an awesome idea! I am so sorry to have missed the close off date for the party!
Have lots of fun!! :D

Something Special said...

Looking forward to it!

Unknown said...

Darn! I was just finishing up my post & saw the cut off date passed!! Oh time. Thanks :)