I am delighted to have discovered the wonderful world of blog hops, link parties and directories! Each is a great way to find fun blogs and also increase your own traffic and followers.
To participate, most exchanges require that you post their button somewhere on your site and visit at least two others on the list. There are zillions of opportunities out there to spread the blog love! It's not kristinly possible to attend each one every week, but I've gallivanted with the ones below and will again. Invite me to your own blog hop by commenting on this entry and I'll gleefully add your recommendation to my social calendar!
Link parties are very similar to blog hops, except you share a specific blog post instead of linking up your blog's home page. Many of the parties are themed, so be sure to read the rules before participating!
Blog directories allow an author to submit a blog to the category that best fits its overall theme. Votes, ratings or traffic usually determine the order the blogs appear when readers are browsing. I'd be pleased as pumpkin pie if you'd click the buttons below to help my blog's ranking. Comment with your own directory links and I'd be happy to return the favor!
*NOTE* I have been warned that submitting links to such websites may negatively affect a blog's ranking in search engines. I've also read that it can increase it. SEO is a tricky science that I'm just starting to learn. There are so many variables that contribute to the outcome of a keyword search. So I'm going to uphold the same philosophy with these types of sites as I do with my favorite foods and drinks that may or may not harm me in the long run - happily consume in moderation!