Personally, I have mixed opinions. For the most part, I like to visit them, and sometimes participate. It's one of the best ways I've found to see new ideas. Of course there are also repetitions of the same old ideas although there are some with a new twist on that old idea.
But lately, I've been talking to other bloggers and researching an idea for a new linky party, one that is specific for do-it-yourself home repair, building and remodeling. Tell me what you think by taking the poll on the sidebar, or leaving a comment. Don't feel you have to agree with me. I'd really like to know all opinions, both from people who do participate in parties and those who don't.
I first began linking to parties in 2009 as a way to grow my blog, and it worked in a way. Of course back then, I thought the most important thing was the number of comments I got. It's really not, at least not as far as ratings go. I was really hung up on comments and would comment on every blog linked in the party, only to get a sprinkling of comments in return. I didn't have a stat counter back then so I don't know if joining linky parties increased my hits on other blog posts. Of course, back then I didn't know what hits were and how they affected my blog.
Once I found out what hits were and saw that I really didn't have that many, I realized that what I really gained from linky parties was blogging friends. And for this empty nest stay-at-home mom, that was invaluable. Still is.
That was before pinning. Now there is a lot of pressure from some blog hosts to pin from them in order to participate in the party. Why? Because pinning brings them hits, and hits raise ratings which brings in advertising and makes their blog come up higher in search results. And advertising pays for the time spent blogging instead of washing the dishes or working a nine to five.
Getting back to comments though, when I joined linky parties five years ago, I probably averaged twenty to forty comments per project. Lately, I average five to fifteen. Partly, it's because I am more selective about the parties I join, but partly, mostly I think, there are soooo many links per party, and soooo many parties, that there just isn't time to comment as much. But I've also noticed lately that my daily hits are much higher in the months when I join a few linky parties.
So why start yet another party? To fill a niche. I've searched many times for linky parties that are specific for home repair, remodeling, and building and there aren't any. If you are into diy and you join a lot of linky parties, you know that posts about painting a china cabinet get ten times the hits that one on rewiring a light fixture gets. It's the wrong audience for that type post.
Don't get me wrong, I like to make crafts, refinish furniture, sew, and paint. But I also like woodworking and remodeling. Actually, I love woodworking. I'd give up eating for woodworking if my stomach would let me. It won't. But I'd like to find other bloggers who love remodeling and this seems like a good way to connect.
This won't happen next week, or even next month. I've talked to another blogger about doing it with me, and both of us are going to unavailable for the same times so we need to work out a few thing. But if there is enough interest, I'd like to start planning. I'm sure there is a learning curve involved with it as well as some costs.