Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Grow Your Blog - 2014 (This is THE Official Sign Up Post)

If you are looking for the actual party post -- for January 25, 2014  you can find it here!

Anybody want to party? Would you like to make new blogging friends? Mark your calendars for January 25, 2014 and make plans to join me and LOTS of other bloggers from around the world for this incredible opportunity to increase the readership of your blogs and also to increase your followers! 

 Last year over 400 bloggers participated in this event-- and you are ALL invited to this winter's party!  This could be the perfect event to help us all with the winter doldrums!  When it's freezing outside and the snow is flying everywhere-- just snuggle in where it's warm and spend some time making new friends~~

My "GROW YOUR BLOG" event is designed to bring more readers and FOLLOWERS to your blogs. The premise is simple-- just visit as many blogs as you wish and sign up to follow those that interest you. In turn, all the other folks will be doing the same thing~ we will all be growing our blogs!

We need some guidelines for everyone to follow
so here they are~

1.Everyone who has a blog is invited -- 
this is an international event.  
Wherever you live~you are invited to party with us. 
Please note -- the deadline for entry is January 15.  This is THE official sign up post -- if you wish to participate - please leave a comment here on this post.  (I can't go back and forth between multiple posts for all the entries -- so please consider that this is the official sign up post.)

In your entry comment -- please tell me how many followers you have.  I will be grouping the participants according to their number of followers.  While you can certainly visit as many blogs as you wish -- those of you with only a few followers may wish to begin your visits by going to those blogs who, like you, only have a few followers -- that way you can support each other and more easily add to your follower lists!

***** in addition to your number of followers - please leave me a live link to your blog in your comment.  Copy the URL of your blog and paste it into your comment.  This will make it easier for me to go directly to your blog when I add you into the blog lists.  

2.  Please share the beautiful party badge 
(created by my friend Karen Valentine)
with your own blogging friends. 
 Post it on your sidebar and encourage your friends to do the same.  The more blogs that participate - the more chances we all have of growing our blogs.  SPREAD THE WORD!  Perhaps even consider doing a post about this on your own blog.

3. Prizes --- 
the choice is yours
 to give away prizes or not. 
 Last year it was about half and half.   In the many comments that I received relating to last year's event -- folks seemed to really enjoy the prizes that they won and appreciated the efforts by those who gave them away.  But - the choice is yours and there is no requirement to do so.  If  you do chose to give away a prize - it can be anything you want.  The rules need to be the same for everyone~ anybody can enter, anybody can win.  

PLEASE do not make it a requirement to follow your blog in order to enter. In fact -- you do not have to have a blog to be entered to win a prize.  Blogging has NO boundaries so you need to be willing to ship your prize any where in the world.  Everyone can enter - regardless of where they live.  

**Let's all do the same thing and give the prizes away on February 15.  You can announce the winner of your give away on your blog on that date. **

4.  Please publish your blog post 
late on the evening of January 24 --
 that way it will be ready for those on the other side of the world
 who wake up before us.
As the host blog, I will publish my post with the list on participants just after midnight on January 25.  

Some suggestions for making this a great and fun 
experience for us all~

1. Please title your blog post "GROW YOUR BLOG".  Introduce yourself, tell us who you are and why your love to blog.  If your blog pertains to a specific interest or area - tell us all about that. In short - we would all like to know what drives you create your blog. 

2. There is nothing more dreaded than the "no reply blogger" status.  Simply go to your blogger profile page and add your email address. This will allow folks to reply directly back to you from your comment on their blog. We all want to be able to reply directly back to our visitors - especially if they ask a question-- it's so frustrating when that cant be done.

3.  Comment moderation spam filter -- ugh.  Most of us hate it!  Please consider turning it off for this event. This is NOT a requirement - but it will definitely make your visitors more likely to stay longer and leave a comment if they don't have to play with the robot.

4.  VERY IMPORTANT-- if you want more followers - be sure to add your FOLLOWER gadget to your sidebar! Please have it positioned prominently where we can all see it.  (you can find the Follower button in the gadget section of your design page.  Just click on it and position it on your sidebar.)

5.  You might want to consider adding your email address to your public profile and also somewhere on your sidebar.  Mine is listed in 2 places on my sidebar -- I want my readers to easily be able  to reach me.

6. Consider telling us your name.  Seriously. Folks want to be able to call you by name and to connect with you when they leave a comment.You might want to also consider posting a photo of yourself somewhere on your blog- that helps your readers to connect with you also.  My name is Vicki. (see photo at bottom of this post) .  See -- that was painless!  

7.  I know that many of you are artists (like me) and that your blogs are often about the things that you create. If your craft is genuinely a part of who you are -- then by all means share with us what you make!  BUT -- this event is not about selling our wares-- this event is to meet people and grow our blogs. Just have your website or ETSY shop listed on your blog sidebar-- if your visitors are interested in making a purchase -- they will go to the trouble to find your shop on the sidebar or to email you. 

8.  Sometimes when you go to a party -- you just feel like getting a new dress or outfit.  So-- if you would like to update the appearance of your blog -- a new blog header --or a whole new layout-- you might want to contact my friend Karen Valentine.  Karen has dedicated her entire blogging career to helping us all with our blogging concerns,questions, and also helping us create beautiful blogs.    Karen is my very own "go to person" when it comes to anything that I need help with relating to my blog. She has practically "adopted" me.  I know that she would be thrilled to help you with updating your blogs in preparation for all the company you will be receiving at this event!  

 SO -- please mark your calendars.  Make a poster - put it in your datebook-- place a reminder on your phone -- a sticky note on your computer--write the date on your bathroom mirror~~~ if you are a reader or follower of my blog, I won't let your forget! 

As I add blogs to the lists, I won't be sending emails to each of you this year telling you that you have been added in.  I just can't-- that took hours and hours of extra work.  So please, if participating in this event is important to you - please save the date, mark the date -- and refer to this post for all the info that  you need. 

*** please note~
After the party begins, I will wait 24 hours and then begin to visit the blogs-- those that do not have a specific "GROW YOUR BLOG" post, will have to be deleted from the lists. (I'm so sorry-- but I want this to be fair to everyone.)  So please do remember the date.

***I'm looking for a few volunteers to help me visit the blogs who are participating.  It's really easy -- all you have to do is visit the short list of blogs that I assign to you and report back to me which ones forgot to do a "Grow Your Blog" post.    If you are available to help me -- just send me an email 

*****UPDATE JANUARY 15,2014---
We now have over 500 blogs entered in the GYB event.  (I have tyled in blogs until my little fingers are stubby!) Please understand that I can not leave a comment on every blog to say that you are loaded in for the party.  If you have left a comment here on this post ---- you ARE loaded in for the party.  When the party date arrives -- if your blog is not listed -- email me, I can quickly fix it -- but if you left all of the requirred info on your comment -- you are already now loaded in for the party!  Wow -- 500 -- can you even believe it???

*****UPDATE JANUARY 24, 2014
I have completed the post for the party. If you left a comment here with your info --- link to your blog and your follower info --- than, rest assured you have been included for the party.  With now almost 600 blogs participating -- I am sorry, but I simply cannot come to each of your blogs and leave a comment here stating that you have been entered.  Comment #596 is the last blog to be included in the event.  The cut off date was January 15 --- but I have worked very, very hard to include those of you who have entered at the last minute.  I am now ready for tomorrow --- bring on the party!!   

This has been an incredible year - a year of great blessings and gratitude. The Pink Scarf Project is nearing completion.  All the scarves are here and are photographed.  They have traveled with me (and friends) on an incredible journey to places rich with the history of another era ~ places so beautiful that finding the right words to describe them are difficult. 

This photo was taken while on that journey.  A beautiful barn, sitting by the side of the road, inviting me to come and visit. You can see the rest of the barn photos in the "Pink Scarf Project" finale. The final posts have been divided into 3 parts -- so many scarves - I could not put them into just one or two posts! Watch for the first of the scarves to appear here in mid November~

Your compassion for the "Pink Scarf Project" has been nothing short of amazing.  Together, you all have helped to make this great big world~ a whole lot smaller, bringing us all together with your love and support for women braving breast cancer.  

My "Grow Your Blog" event is, once again, my gift to you all. A chance for you to expand your circle of friends, making your own personal world a bit smaller and filling it with new friendships and opportunities.  Blogging has changed my life and opened doors that I never thought possible. This is my way of opening those doors for you all~



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Tina said...

I must be on the wrong side of the world ;-) it is 10:27 am on the 25th and I am actualizing my screen every so often... I am so excited to find those many blogs...
Have a great time!

Denise said...

Now that the day has arrived I'm a little confused. I don't see the list of people We are going to visit?I'm just sent back to the post for signing up and I have no one visiting for the first time.Did I miss something? Denise

Birgit said...

I have signed up in time. Maybe you also want the direct link to my Grow Your Blog post? Here it is:

Thanks for organizing this, Vicki! :)

Birgit (Swapping Howdies)

Marguerite (Tina) Smith Hart said...

Hi Vicki and it is very nice to meet you! I am sorry I missed the deadline but I wasn't online as often I have hoped the last few months due to personal challenges. I heard of the Party from Karen's blog which I have Followed for quite awhile and love what I have seen so far on your blog so I will become one of your follower's as well! Even though I am late to join the party I still plan to visit the blogs and hope to find some I am sure to love!
Good luck with the party...P.S. I am also computer challenged...:)

Tina xo

Unknown said...

Is it too late to sign up for this?

I would like to participate in this event.


MDRoque said...

Hello, my name is D and I would like very much to interact with bloggers in a foreign language such as English . My blog is about everything and nothing. Specialy history, poetry, books, day-by-day and photography, a passion of mine. I woul be very pleased if you could count me in. I have about 310 followers and more with good improving comments are all I really could dream for my little correr of the blogo.
Thank you Vicky

Bethe77 said...

Well maybe next year I can get in on this exciting blog party. Just coming back to blogging and saw this on one of the blogs I follow. What fun it would have been. Blessings and enjoy the party! I may have to tour around just for fun!

Erika said...

What a lovely and wonderful idea and I am too late :( So sorry to read about this event just today.
Many greetings from Erika


What a wonderful idea you have

Unknown said...

I am really new to blogging and only have 7 followers and don't really know what I am supposed to do here.I want to join this party but don't know how to grab a button can someone help me? MY blog is: Cake plates and Other My name is Susie and look forward to meeting a whole lot of you blog ladies soon.

erica angelini said...

Ciao sono Erica ho letto solo ora della tua bellissima iniziativa, "Grow your Blog" e mi piacerebbe partecipare! So di essere in ritardo sulla scadenza del 15 gennaio. Come posso fare?

Trisha said...

So sorry I am just finding this blog. THis is awesome. I hope this 'party' happens again and I can participate.


jp@A Green Ridge said...

Yes, I want to sign up! This sounds like such FUN!!!...:)JP

My URL is:

Cindy said...

I so neeeeeeed this, after three and a half years 3 1/2 of blogging and with 3 faithful followers one being my husband I so could use a friend about now, lol.

I've followed the rules and well here is my link to my blog.

If there is a category of 10 to 20 followers I'd be listed there.

Please don't tell me I'm too late to enter after searching for this forever.
Thank you,

Barbara Harrison said...

I'd love to join the blog party.i only have 73 followers and would love some new ones.

Libby said...

Hi: I just saw this on Prince Snow Farm (Monica) sidebar and am so sorry I missed it!!!! If you do it again, would you include me, or I guess I will follow you to be alerted! I joined another party this week and well….it just isn't my cup of tea and the bloggers are really nice, but not what I need to grow my blog. This one looks just perfect, and I adore Monica's blog. Ok, hope to see you around!

Beeshebags said...

Just wondering, will you be doing this again next year pretty please?


Feathers in my Nest said...

Yes, Please include me into your "Blog Party"...what fun! Thank you!

I have 8 followers

"Feathers in my Nest" is the name of my blog.

Here's my Url

Debra in Ma..

Shroo said...

Hi - I'd love to participate in your party! I had a great time last year and my blog followers increased from 13 to 60 and I made some great friends along the way. I've taken a break from blogging after losing my mum earlier this year and have just begun again - I'd love to increase my contacts and boost my blogging confidence. Thank you for the opportunity! - Shroo:)xxx

Sandra said...

what a great idea and also i like the pictures

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