A lot of my readers will be wondering what Linkys are. In a nutshell, they're blog posts with an opportunity to leave a link to a post relevant to either a theme, or just your blog in general. Another term you could use is 'Blog Hop'. So for example, you may get a linky focusing on animals, therefore you'd link either a recent post about animals or you'd write one specially. It's all in order to gain exposure to your blog.
But that's where I feel lies the problem.
There are some fabulous linkys about in the blogging world but many are just used as a dumping ground to leave a blog link and promote a blog. I've taken part in a few which I've really enjoyed, and have spent a long time trawling through other links left on the post. It's not really necessary to look at every single one, and in some cases it just isn't possible. I find ones that have around a dozen blog links are usually quite easy to get through and rather enjoyable in the mix. Then we have bloggers who just create a blog to turn it into a linky. I don't profess to be an expert but I do have a feeling (think I read it somewhere) that linkys can be a way of bumping a blog up the charts, improving a ranking and an easy ride to the top of a list. Is this really what blogging is all about today? Are people so desperate to get to the top that they feel the only way they can do that is by creating a linky? What happened to writing good content?
I don't think that's the case with many bloggers, but it does come across with some. I read a huge amount of blogs from all over the UK and the US and so many nowadays have linkys on several of their posts. Some of them are immensely popular whilst others have a handful of bloggers taking part. But one of my pet hates in the world of blog linkys is when a blogger leaves their link then reckons they haven't got time to go through the others. I spent a full day once, going through a massive and very popular linky, clicking on 75 blogs, reading them and leaving a comment on each. Now I stick to the small linkys because out of all those 75 blogs, one person came to mine and commented on my linked post. I know it's not all about the comments, but a little reciprocation goes a long way in blogging; it's how interaction starts and it's how our blogs become known.
One of my favourite linkys is Mummy Barrow's Ranty Friday - you know me, I love a good rant. My advice to anyone who's hosting a linky on their blog is don't expect miracles; if you've created a blog to get to the top of a chart or get a better ranking, then give up now. That's not what blogging is all about. I think people are getting a little carried away with the competitiveness of blogging these days and it's quickly turning into "my linky's better than yours" game. No one wants to be told what to write on their own blog, least of all me, but remember it takes a lot of hard work, a lot of interaction and a lot of patience to make a blog successful. How many times I must have said that now I have no idea, but if people stopped getting obsessed with where they are in charts and rankings, maybe the whole experience of blogging would be so much more enjoyable. For all concerned.