Everything You Want To Know About Blog Hopping

(AKA: The Beginner’s Guide…)

Welcome to The World of the Blog Hop, a place where you are challenged to use your skills as a blogger and writer to promote your knowledge on a given subject… but mainly its about having fun as flexing those grey cells!

If you have found your way here via a Facebook Group and haven’t a clue what is going on, well that is absolutely fine! It takes a little bit of time to get used to not knowing what this is all about! It’s why such things as this FAQ are created. So take a look through this and if there is anything you’re still not exactly sure of, why not comment here on the page or on the group itself, you never know the very thing you ask could wind up in the revision and edits that this document will go through.

Jay 🙂

What is a Blog Hop?

Think of a Blog hop like a writer’s circle or A Round Robin, where the collected group of writers or bloggers all write/blog on the same question/topic and link to the blogger before them and the blogger after them to create a Circle or Train.

How can I join?

You need an active blog, or you need to set one up.

Do I have to follow a special format?

YES! There are four things that make up a blog hop.

ONE: Take a look at the top and bottom of this page, the here are similar to the ones on your post for any Blog Hop. Except those links are titled PREVIOUS BLOG | MASTER LIST | NEXT BLOG

TWO: Your post MUST have something to do with the group topic or group question. Depending on how you got here, the topics will either be about Reiki or Tarot.

THREE: Include the topic suggestion in the intro to your post.

FOUR: This format will help people navigate the Blogs easily and also keeps things simple as well.

What is the next topic?

That will be discussed on the groups on Facebook or determined by the wrangler.

What is a Wrangler and how do I become one?

The Wrangler is like the organiser of the Blop hop, they set the topic, the date and time. You can volunteer to wrangle after you have written for a few of the topics, let one of the group admins know you’re interested in wrangling.

When do we post? (see how to post date/schedule a blog post below)

The time and date varies and is usually set by the Wranger. Check the Pinned Post to find out what it is currently. Then, determine what the time will be in UTC, go to http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ – Which is a handy, also try this link to help you convert to the right time for where you are in the world. http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

EXAMPLE: It is 7am in Honolulu when it is 6pm in London, England PLEASE ASK FOR HELP IF YOU AREN’T SURE OF THE TIME. (I’m Chronologically Impaired, so it’s not wise to ask me…)

What should I write about?

Anything that involves the topic.

How do I link someone’s blog to mine?

If you need help with HTML coding, http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_intro.asp is an excellent site.

I don’t have a blog but I want to start one. Where do I go?

Some of the ones below are the best for setting up a free blog.

Typepad: http://www.typepad.com

WordPress: http://www.wordpress.com

Blogger: http://www.blogger.com

Join in with the current hop or next one depending on when you’ve signed up!

How to use Postdate?

Search: Blogger / Google Help for Blogger Support

Search: Typepad Support for Default Publishing Status

Search: WordPress Support for Schedule A Post

How do I postdate if none of those work for me?

Typically most of the Sane Hoppers set an alarm, the rest of us don’t sleep or we make sure the time is set at a semi-sane hour… usually…

When can I announce my blog?

It is suggested that you wait at least a few hours, depending on how many take part in a Hop, there is normally a period where the wrangler ends up demented while we go through the hour of mad postings, which typically consist of “Your link doesn’t work” and “Why does your link show a post from 2016” or other fun things like “Why does blogger not let me comment?”

Did you Know…

That there are graphics that you can brighten up your blog post with?

You can find them in one of the groups or make your own if you like and share them for others to use.

Can I link to this page from my blog?

The FAQ document you are reading right now is visible to anyone and you can link to it using: http://jaycassels.co.uk/BGTH to describe a Blog Hop.

However, if you are reading the FAQ on the group, which is similar to this one, then it is not visible to anyone who is not a member.

How do I add to this FAQ?

Have I missed one or twenty things that you think others like you need to know? You can make a suggestion in the comments of the FAQ or to the author via the group.


This document you are reading right now is based on http://www.donnaleigh.com/tarotbloghop.htm

Many thanks to Arwen Lynch Poe, who transcribed on Saturday, 21 January 2012 at 05:58 a version of this document on to the Tarot Blog Hop, which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/tarotbloghop/faqs/289611234429599/ – You need to be a member of the Facebook group:

Tarot Blog Hop