Ducks 'n a Row

27 June 2017

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #232


Welcome to our party! Summer is now OFFICIALLY here and our visitors will be stopping from the poolside, at the ballpark, watching the kids in the sandbox .... ANYWHERE! Isn't it wonderful? I love it.

Before you dazzle us with all that you have been up to, let's take a look at last week's most popular posts...

Most Viewed
How To Dry Your Own Herbs Easily - Sparkles In The Everyday

Glamping Essentials - Craft With Cartwright 

New Lighting For Backyard and Patio - Debbie Dabble Blog

Editor's Picks
Summer Makeup Shades - In My Prime Time

Sandbox With Lid - The Country Chic Cottage

So, let's get this party started!
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First, please follow all of our hosts on Instagram if you have not already...

Tweet An Invitation To Our Party

Here are our simple party rules...
  • Please follow our hosts on this week's social media. 
  • Please TWEET our party   
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like to. No Etsy shops, adult sites or blog parties, please. 
  • Visit others. Let them know you've been there! 
  • If you are NEW,  let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. ♥  Help us find your posts - tell us what number they are? 
  • NOTE: party entries appear in REVERSE. i.e. the most recent entry goes to the top! That way all of our guests will have a chance to be seen no matter when they arrive :)

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26 June 2017

What Is A Blog Hop And Why Do I Care?

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What is a Blog Hop? A blog hop is a social event where bloggers are invited to share links to their posts, visit others' posts and endorse them. How do they endorse? They do it by clicking on the image of the post they are interested in, commenting on that post and sharing the link on their own social media pages. 

Though a blog hop is a "party" of sorts, I prefer to think of it as going to a fair. Each post is a "booth" where we display our work. Some will pass that booth by. Others will touch the stuff a little bit with a click or maybe a pin. Still others will settle and "buy in" ⇒ i.e. they become a true admirer. True admirers follow the blogger via email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram and SHARE our work. We all do that with many of our favorite bloggers and, happily, we BECOME a favorite blogger for some readers, as well.

Brands have come to recognize that the relationship we have established with our readers are of value to them. A national brand can connect more closely with potential customers by hiring bloggers for "homespun" versions of their advertising campaigns. Brands would be wise to have someone stopping by blog hops from time to time. Maybe they do!

Blog Hops are a great place to develop a readership that is meaningful. Meaningful? They are the readers who love what you love and will come back again. They are also the people those brands out there want to connect with. Blog Hops are a marketplace for your future so don't sell them short. They are worth it.

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Blog Hops are not just for bloggers. Think of them as indexes of online magazines. Isn't that what a blog really is? An online magazine! People who just love crafts, recipes, kids activities, fashion, couponing, money saving tips, deals, giveaways, pets, back-to-school, home decor, gift ideas, parenting advice, ANY type of advice, health & fitness  .... well, the list goes on and on ... can come to a blog hop and find TONS of creative ideas. 

I had a marketing manager contact me one day about placing advertising on my blog. She asked me "Can you give me a list of other bloggers who write like Ducks 'n a Row? I would like to get in touch with them." That was a tall order. I know quite a few. So, I told her the best place for her to go fishing for excellent mommy blogs was blog parties! She did not know what they were. I gave her the "Reader's Digest version" and sent her on her way. That was all she really needed to know. Blog hops - link parties - are a gold mine for marketers looking for top-notch writers and photographers!

If you missed the first in this series ... How To Increase Blog Traffic 3 Ways Using Blog Hops ... "hop" on over right now! But, first, check out the list of blog hops I made for you at the end of this post. 

"So, where can I FIND blog hops?"  You can search Google or Twitter. To me, their search engines will be the fastest sources. If you use Twitter, just put these hashtags in the search window: #bloghop #linkup #linkparty or #blogparty. Any of those should find some. Also, I have put together a short list of parties  [below.] They are up to date and will give you at least one a day to get  you started. 

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND SIGNING UP FOR THE EMAIL LIST OF THE HOSTING BLOGS! That way a reminder will come to you via email whenever a new blog party has started. 

If you host a weekly blog hop that you would like included in this list, please tell me in the comments. I will be glad to add it. Include the first whole day of the party. (i.e. My Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop begins Tuesday evening 7pm ET but I list it as a WEDNESDAY blog party because it is the first day of the week it can be found all day long.)

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Note: this author is an Amazon affiliate. Anything that you purchase from Amazon will, at NO extra cost to you, result in a small commission for me. In advance, "Thank you."  ...Sinea

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25 June 2017

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #177

Welcome to the Happiness is Homemade Link Party #177!


How to make key lime pie

Be sure to try out these 25 Ice Cream Floats recipes! These are a great dessert to have during the hot summer months and great way to stay cool.

Our Summer Mantel, Simple and Easy


Tweet an invitation to our party?


To visit the other blogs in our party, just click on the host's picture!

Image Map

The rules are so simple! Make sure you visit a few other blogs and make some new friends along the way. Feel free to link up your favorite recipes, crafts or your latest DIY project. We want you you share it all! As always, please make sure to follow your hosts and co-hosts!! Link up your posts, make some friends, and earn the chance to be featured at Happiness Is Homemade Link Party! We will feature the favorite posts each week!

Disclaimer: Adding your link to this link party gives permission to all 12 Hosts, along with any co-hosts, guest hosts, and participants of Happiness Is Homemade, to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features, roundups, etc. with an explicit link back to your original source. Therefore, linking up you agree to allow us to use your images on each of our blogs in features relating to Happiness is Homemade Link Party.

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23 June 2017

Love Sweepstakes? Great Big Grand Prizes At These Epic Giveaways!


Do you love entering sweepstakes? I just came across six current giveaways that you may like.  Excellent prizes! Some BiG - some little.  Each has a different end-date in the near future so check them out soon.

Vote for the chance to win at ⇒  Mega Summer Refresh Sweepstakes

See the gorgeous rustic bathroom in the picture? That is a awesome bathroom redo by my friend Kelly. Go on over and enjoy the view - she is one creative lady!
Rustic Farmhouse Refresh by Eclectic Momsense


Note: this is NOT a sponsored post. When I saw these giveaways, it occured to me that the sweeps-enthusiasts in my readership might like to know about them. Who knows, if you enter maybe one of you will win a prize! 

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BTW...this author is an Amazon affiliate. Anything you purchase through first clicking on a link, an ad or Amazon search window at Ducks 'n a Row will result, at NO extra cost to you, in a small commission for me. In advance, "thank you for shopping Amazon through me!" Sinea

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22 June 2017

Come to the FINAL Recipe Sharing Party and Celebrate With Us

Welcome, food bloggers!

We want to thank all of you for coming to our party week after week. Lately we have noticed that the pinning and yumming have become less and less. It is an indication to us that the party has "played out." That happens from time to time. So, this week is our LAST recipe sharing party. Let's make it a big one and the BEST one! 

  • RECIPES ONLY - they can be single recipes or recipe roundups for this final party! Yummly won't take group recipes but you can pin everything. 

Thanks to our co-hosts - Sinea, Marilyn & Jade - for many weeks of fun parties!  
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