Posted by on Jul 20, 2009 in Uncategorized | 74 comments

{This is a featured post & will remain at the top of my page a few days–please scroll down for newer entries EVERY day!!}

Blog Hop '09 ~ large graphic It's back, and it's even bigger and better than before:  Blog Hop '09!  I hope you'll plan to take part!

In just a few days, 1,500 rabid and chatty bloggers will descend upon Chicago for one of the most blogged- and tweeted- about events of the year, BlogHer's annual conference.  While it might feel like "everybody's" going, the truth is, tens of millions–TENS OF MILLIONS, people!–bloggers will NOT be in attendance.  

So how's about you and me have a little virtual la-di-dah at the same time?

On this Thursday evening at 9:00 CST, I'll post a Mr. Linky for you to register a Blog Hop party post.  From then through the weekend (and even into next week!) "hop" around the list and meet some wonderful new bloggers.

Icing on this Meet & Greet cake?  FABULOUS giveaways are planned!  So far, sponsors have offered a $25 Build a Bear gift card, a $50 Paula Deen gift card and the $150 registration fee to Type-A Mom Conference!!  SHAZAAM!!  More prizes will be listed as I confirm them (and if you'd like to offer a giveaway from the main Blog Hop site, please email me at pensieve(dot)me(at)gmail(dot)com ASAP). 

More information is forthcoming–live chats?  tweet & meets?–but for now, you simply need to plan a party post.  My best bit of advice:  keep it brief!  The tendency (my tendency?) is to want to share too much information and link to a bunch of posts.  The goal of Blog Hop '09 is to introduce you to a lot of bloggers you might not already know; if you want to assure your post is actually read, respect your visitor's time and give them reason to come back "next time" to get to know you better!

Would you help spread the word?  Write a party post inviting your readers to take part (feel free to pick up the graphic above) and/or add the button below to your side bar and link to this post.  In order to be eligible for the giveaways, you'll have to include a button in your sidebar, but the invite post is an optional courtesy.

Be sure to visit Jo-Lynne at Musings of a Housewife if you're interested in a custom blog design; she's the creator of this darling button and she's fantastic to work with!  {{Thanks & a thousand hugs, Jo-Lynne!!}}

Blog Hop '09 @ PENSIEVE ~ sidebar graphic