Thursday, January 3, 2013

How to take part in a Blog Hop

I'm starting a Blog Hop for all the bloggers in Florida, and I got a lot of questions about how it all works. So here's a step-by-step, and at the end people can tell me whether they want to be part of it.

Quite simply, a blog hop is a way for people to get together and learn more about bloggers involved. It's a fun, easy way to network, and to increase your page views.

Step 1:
Find your blog hop. I belong to the Blog Paws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

So first, write your post. For the Florida Bloggers Blog Hop, it doesn't follow a particularly theme. YOU just have to be from Florida.

Step 2:
The Blog Hop tool is created by Linky Tools in this case, and is likely what I will use for the Central Florida Blog Hop. All the pictures you see are of people who took part in the most recent hop.

At the bottom of the list are two links you should focus on. One is how to enter, the other is how to get the code.

Step 3:

When you click Get the Code, it will take you to this page. Simply copy the code in the box. In your blog post, paste the code at the bottom. If you are using Blogger, you'll want to do this in the HTML format where you edit your post. Once you publish this, the list of all the blogs involved in the Hop will appear at the bottom of your post.

Now, if you have a account, you need to follow something different. Just follow the instructions in this handy picture (click on the pic to get a bigger one):


Step 4:

Now all that's left is to formally enter the blog hop. Click the link that says "Click Here to Enter." Then just fill out this handy dandy form.

Now you're in the blog hop. Then you just go from blog to blog that's involved, read their posts and comment.

The Florida Bloggers Blog Hop starts Friday, Oct. 4! Just look for this picture!


  1. This is a nice how to on how to join blog hops! I'm not in Florida so I won't be joining, but it sounds like a great idea.

  2. What a clever clever post. I know how to make one...barely, but asking me to make a clear concise post about it...forgetit!Wish I lived in florida not for just your future blog hop (yay) but also the PALM TREES!

  3. I think it should probably be a Florida Blog Hop, rather than just Central Florida. Fun!

  4. I agree with Bess, that it should include all interested Florida bloggers...but is this for all topics or pet bloggers? I suggest Monday as the best day for this idea..If it is for Florida pet bloggers and on Monday I'll will joining in for sure!

    1. It's not just for pet bloggers... this hop would be for everyone! Basically it's a way for florida bloggers to learn who else is blogging and to network with them, without having to go to a tweet-up or an event or anything.

  5. Christie this sounds fun! I'm not clear on a couple of things. When do you know what the theme is, if there is one? How much notice do you give? Do you have to participate weekly? I'm confused if the Blog Hop is its own page or does all of this show up on your blog as well?

    1. I kinda wrote this generically, so when I meant theme, that's what I meant. IF we do a blog hop, I don't think it would have to have a particular theme. Just everyone be from Florida.

      You don't have to participate every week if you don't want to, but this would be a weekly hop. You don't have to write a new post either, you could just use the most recent post.

      And while there is a base page for the hop, all the stuff would show up on each person's blog post as well. So for instance, if you get all the code and stuff from my page to join the hop, conceivably someone could get the code and stuff from your page to do the same. But not in a bad, security breach way, you know what I mean?

  6. What a great idea, I've never seen a location based hop before - I love blog hops :)

    Maybe I'll look out for a California one?

    Have fun,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  7. I'm in. The sooner the better, though, as I'd love to promote Carpe Freezum at Aquatica. It's February 2 and I want more of my blogging friends to get in that cold water with me, LOL.

    1. I'm thinking Monday the 14th. That gives us over a week to promote!

  8. Thank you for posting about the blog hop! I won't be participating this time, but I'll keep it in mind for later. Reminds me of web rings. Remember those? :D

  9. Iwould love to participate! Count me in ;)


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