Posted by on Aug 5, 2010 in Blog Carnivals, Blogging | 44 comments

Get-attachment.aspx THANK YOU for joining PENSIEVE'S 3rd Annual Blog Hop! Created as an at-home opportunity for bloggers to meet and greet during BlogHer's annual conference, you'll definitely get out of it what you put in.  This page is designed to answer your questions, so if anything is unclear, please ask in comments.

I'm especially grateful to Collective Bias who connected me with Elmer's Bag it Forward campaign, a partnership with Adopt-a-Classroom.
Screen shot 2010-08-05 at 6.16.00 AMI'll explain later how you can help Elmer's donate $10,000 to Adopt-a-Classroom, and through Bag it Forward's sponsorship of this year's Blog Hop, be eligible to win a $50 Walmart giftcard for your own back-to-school supplies!

What is the Blog Hop?

At its simplest, a blog carnival.  Bloggers are invited to write a short introductory post about themselves and their blog to introduce themselves and broaden their online community.  Intro posts are linked to the Blog Hop site and participants are encouraged to hop around and "meet" as many new friends as they're able to!

What should I include on my intro post?

Experience suggests it's best to keep your posts brief!  Give readers a general idea of your content, your passions and your personality.  Of course, it's up to you, but don't labor over your post–have fun!  Short IS sweet when you have hundreds of new friends to visit! :)

All Blog Hop intro posts should include the Blog Hop badge with a link back to this post!  If you need help with that, please email or comment! :)

What do I link to the Blog Host master linky?

Your post's URL/permalink, NOT your main blog page.  Please, please make sure to do this; readers will get frustrated if they have to scroll your page to find your Blog Hop party post!

How do I enter Blog Hop giveaways?

There will be a post later today (sorry!!) that details all our Blog Hop-related giveaways and requirements to enter; I'm adding them as they're being offered and if you would like to host one on the main BH site, please email me at pensieve(dot)me(at)gmail(dot)com.  Giveaways must be valued at a minimum of $25 and it's your responsibility to ship to winner :).  To whet your appetite ~

  • An autographed Paula Deen cookbook
  • $50 giftcard to be drawn from those who participate in Elmer's Bag-it-Forward meme
  • $50 product from Gettington (still awaiting details!)
  • Multiple copies of The Reluctant Entertainer by Sandy Coughlin
  • Additional Bethany House titles
  • Copies of Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God by Sheila Walsh and Friendship for Grown-Ups by Lisa Whelchel
  • …and MORE!! I'll tweet when the giveaway details are LIVE!!

Can I host a giveaway with my Blog Hop post?

Sure!  Everyone loves to win prizes!  

There are so many people registered on the Linky list, how can I possibly get to everyone?

Don't try.  My best tip for maximizing your Blog Hop experience is to start with the blogs whose linky numbers end with the same number as yours!  For example, you link at #117; your first visit will be to 7, 17, 27, 37..107, 127…217, you get the picture.  

When does the Blog Hop end?

The Linky will be up FOREVAH…but you're encouraged to visit in earnest through the weekend.  Entries for giveaways will deadline Sunday at 11:59 EST.

Be sure to visit as many blogs as you can, READ the posts and comment generously.  It's the right thing to do ;) :).

More info is coming…stay tuned!  I know y'all are chompin' at the bit, so I wanted to get the Master linky up so you could start PARTY HOPPING!  Thanks for your patience!  Nothin' like throwing a party at the last minute & still "cookin'" when your guests start arriving!  :)