I know we are not all here to write blog posts to reach the masses, some of us are just here to let loose, write for therapy. But whatever your motives are Link ups and link parties are a great way to get your blog posts out to a wider readership but also to find a more diverse selection of blogs to read. I try and participate in a wide range of link ups to build up the readership of my blog. It really works. When I make an effort to link up I can see the difference in my stats.
Now, what is a link party I hear you ask. Imagine this.
Day to day, we all go about our own business, but once in a while we go to a party and meet up with friends. Imagine now going to a party where you don’t know anyone, you chat to new people and make some new friends. This is a link up. You go to a blog and know no one, but leave your blog link and maybe visit a few new blogs and find some great new content to read.
To help you link up there is a wide range of link ups depending on what type of blog niche you have. Here are some that I have found.
My favourite is over at Dream big, Dream often there is a weekly chance to leave a link and either have it reblogged or just linked up with everyone else in the comments.
A lot of sites will have a directory of link ups they have found or use. Many will have a variety of different link up themes. So there should be one for your blog’s niche and every day of the week.
Vicky FlipFlop Travels – Sziget Festival – Some excellent on site info about this music festival. I went a couple of years back and really enjoyed it, we didn’t camp, but the atmosphere is awesome. I look forward to hearing more about the festival in coming posts.
So obsessed with – September recap + what’s on my shelves – An interesting look into a bloggers life in September.
In a faraway land – There are some great posts here with lots of travel info, especially for New Zealand where I am currently.
The Horizon Chaser – Looking for a good donut in Melbourne? Come check out this Donut crawl, listing some of the best and worst places to get a donut.
Make, Take & Teach – a great teaching blog that I stumbled upon in my search for resources.
I have been posting daily for most of November for the NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). So far I think I regret signing up. It may be that because I’ve fallen ill and am not feeling at my best so the last thing I want to do is think about my blog or write posts.
Think back over what I’ve written in the last few weeks I’d day the quality of what I’m posting has gone down. I’m getting lazy. 😦
I guess this does prove that you can burn out from blogging. I may have to stop trying to post daily and save myself from complete burnout.
I need to get back to my schedule of posting and actually go back to using my editorial calendar to get ahead of myself. Even though we are now 23 days into the month and I know there are only 8 more days to go……….
I read this great post about creating an activity to go with books that you read with children. Cassi at the Crafty Crow has created a great guest posting series where she invited people to submit books and a linked craft they have shared with children. I am sad that I missed this and wanted to share my own and invite anyone to share with me their book and activity (craft or other activity) to let me know and I will post it up.
I will create a master list in this post and link up all the books and activities for you all to refer back to.
I will start with a book and activity I recently did with my children at school. I read them Please, Mr Panda and did a drama activity.
Message me with a link to your blog post and I will repost and link you up OR you can email me your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get it posted.
Please share on Twitter, Facebook and on your blog to get this off to a great start!!!!
Our topic this term has been imagination. This is a round of the best picture books which link to Imagination, I have read ALL these books with my kinder kids and they loved them!
The children loved looking at Quest and Journey, they could retell the story and not worry about getting it right as there are no words. It really encouraged them to think and imagine what story the pictures are telling.
Not a stick or box really helped them imagine what everyday items could become.
The children gave the story machine a big thumbs up! They love how the letters made pictures.
It might be an apple was a great book and we talked about lots more things that an apple might be.
This book just ate my dog was a funny book that had the kids laughing and wanting to help shake out the lost characters.
We loved reading all these books and they really helped us improve our imaginations.
So I am taking up the three days, three quotes challenge as passed on by Meg from DrMegSorick, who write a great blog about writing and sharing her journey to self-publishing.
The idea is to post between 1-3 quotes a day for three days challenging a new person each day.
So here is day three. We are all constantly a role model and more so those of us who teach. I have children who mimic me and then one day turn around and it’s like a small version of me as they chastise their friend. A little scary!
This quote resonates with me for that reason, Never give up.
Only one quote today as this, I feel, stands alone.
For writing early finishers I have got them to do this writing sight word sticks activity, they use an ice cream stick with different sight words written on to practise writing their sight words. I have introduced it first on white boards then for those who can in their writing books.
I found a whole bunch of activities on this site as well which would be great for kinder/ early years classrooms.
For our Imagination topic we did some activities looking at famous artwork and how they made us feel. Then we drew our own to show different emotions.
We also imagined we were super hero’s and created our super hero cuff’s and wore our mask’s. We wrote about what powers our super hero would have and how they can save the world. They loved this and spent a god amount of time zooming around the classroom as super hero’s.
Some more exciting ideas for a year 0 classroom can be found here