Hello everyone! ♥
Welcome back to another discussion post! Today we’ll be talking about a topic that has been on my mind for a while but haven’t really talked about to anyone, blog hopping. Since the second half of December, I feel like I haven’t been able to properly blog hop. Sometimes I blame time and my hectic schedules but really, most of the times I’m just not in the mood for. I’m simply lazy, and I feel bad for it 😦
Before we discuss it further, let’s define blog hopping.
What is blog hopping?
According to this website, a blog hop is a linky list that is shared between a group of blogs so people “hop” from blog to blog seeing the same list on each blog so blog hopping means the activity of following said lists. Urban dictionary also defined blog hopping as following links from one blog to another, reading about the lives of people you have absolutely nothing to do with.
However, I noticed that the term ‘blog hopping’ has been used very loosely, referring to not only following links from a linkup, but visiting any blogs in general. So for the sake of this post, we’ll be talking about visiting blogs you’re already following, posts you find from linkup, or any blogs you randomly find while surfing through the internet.
Are we already on the same page? Good 😉
If you have time and are in the mood for it, blog hopping is a really fun and rewarding activity. Through blog hopping, I have discovered a lot of new, incredible blogs and connected with some of the most wonderful bloggers out there. Not only that, blog hopping also gives me a lot of inspiration for my own blog. It could be design ideas, post ideas, or just random things in general.
When I was still a baby blogger with a lot of free time and low traffic on my own blog, I used to blog hop all the time. I do it methodically everyday and with purpose. Like at first I would go through as many posts from my wordpress and bloglovin feed as possible, and then I would randomly click links from the blogs I was already following. And then if I felt up to it, I’d google something randomly and just like that, I found new blogs to follow. At that time, I also just started participating in meme like Top Ten Tuesday. TTT has its own linkup so I used to click through as many links as possible.
It saddens me that I don’t blog hop as much as I used to anymore. I feel like as my blog grows, I blog hop less. I get too preoccupied with working on my blog and replying to comments on my own blog that I usually get too tired to do some blog hopping afterward. It is sad because the reason why my blog is growing in the first place was because I blog hopped a lot and people also find my blog through blog hopping.
But apparently, I’m not the only one who’s being so bad in blog hopping. I’ve seen a lot of people complaining on twitter that they haven’t had the chance to blog hop, or that they plan to blog hop but end up not doing it, and then stress over it.
It started to make me think…
Do we do it for fun, or is it a necessity?
Do we blog hop because we want to or because we have to? To be honest, my answer is both. I want to blog hop and read other people’s posts because that’s the reason why I blog in the first place. I want to share my love and opinion about books as well as know other people’s opinions. There’s also sooo many amazing posts out there, talking about things I never even thought of, so it bums me out when I don’t have the time or energy to read all those posts.
However for me, the feeling of being stressed out for not being able to blog hop comes from its sense of necessity. I feel like blog hopping is an obligation if I want to be a part of this community. I mean, no one explicitly tell me to blog hop every now and then, but it’s like an unspoken but universally acknowledged rule in the community. If you want your blog to get noticed, you have to notice other blogs. If you want people to comment on your posts, you have to comment on others’ posts as well. If you want to receive, you have to give first.
Everything is a cycle in this community. Sure, you could do fine without blog hopping for, say, a few weeks. But if you never blog hop, do you honestly expect people to still stop by your blog regularly?
When does it start being a chore?
A couple weeks ago I was busy outlining my WIP and during that time, I honestly felt like blog hopping was a chore. It was a task that I needed to complete. I was like, go visit at least five blogs and drop some comments, then you could call it a day and do other things. But… no, it was no fun at all! It was exhausting and I started blog hopping only for the sake of blog hopping. Like I didn’t even actually read the post and I only dropped generic comments.
That’s when I knew I needed to stop and take a step back.
I talked to some bloggers and all of them assured me that it is okay to not blog hop if I have other things to do. No one would forget my existence and I shouldn’t worry about it. I learned that once it starts to feel like a chore, I need to just take a step back and take things easy, one step at a time.
What’s the secret to blog hop effectively?
You know this section is a given. I’m always gonna share whatever works for me even if I’m definitely not a pro 😛 sooo here are some of my secrets to blog hopping! ♥
- Find your preferred time. I don’t do it everyday, it’s exhausting and it gets boring quickly if I do it everyday, so I usually do it 2-3 times a week.
- Blog hop while commenting back. I always try my best to visit back any blog who comments on my posts and drop some comments in return. I found that it was one of the best way to discover some great posts and new blogs.
- Take advantage of recap or wrap up posts. If you don’t have a lot of time to blog hop through out the week, do it at the end of each week or month! Bloggers usually have a wrap up posts where they list all/some of their posts each month. Most of them also share some favorite posts from other blogs. Go use it! ♦
- Let’s go back to the original meaning of blog hopping by joining linkup party! I love linkup! Every time I join TTT, I try my best to visit some links for the linkup. There’s also a lot of weekly linkup you could join. Lori @ Pure Imagination hosted Saturday Situation where bloggers could share all their posts from that week.
I want to know about your blog hopping habit! I bet you also want to know about everyone else, don’t you? Go answer this poll and find out! 😛
Alright everyone, that is my ramble on blog hopping! It’s slightly different from my usual post format because I kind of just winged it this time instead of writing an outline beforehand hahaha 😂 ANYWAY, what is your take on blog hopping? Do you think it’s a MUST or not? I’d love to hear your thoughts and don’t forget to answer the poll above! ♥
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