Last week I hosted my first blog party. I’ve participated in a few blog parties over the summer and really enjoyed meeting new bloggers, which got me thinking about hosting my own event, but it would have to fit into my blog’s history theme.
Bloggers who hosted blog parties:
And most recently, The Daily Flabbergast
Indeed, it was with Floatinggold’s block party that I first broached my thoughts out loud on hosting a blog party and its proposed title. Encouraged by Goldie, I went for it! Quite spontaneously, as it happens, for I was working away from home and had two hours before meeting colleagues for dinner in my hotel!
Whilst initially unsure of my event’s reception from the blogging community, I have to say that I think it was a rip-roaring success!
I chose to call it a ‘Trip to the Museum’ to reflect my blog’s theme and feedback from participants has proved this to be a positive theme and title.
The blog conversation was lively – the engagement was exceptional. This really pleased me. It showed that the Community Pool is dead but the community is alive and kicking!
I didn’t highlight a post of mine in the comments, instead, I hyperlinked a couple, that may have given bloggers insight into what I was hoping to find. They were only looked at a couple of times. I guess if you are writing about an historical theme, you generally know it and do not need a prompt!
Here are some stats and thoughts from my ‘Trip to the Museum’ blog party.
- In half-an-hour, I’d received 3 follows
- It was almost 2 hours before anyone left a link – this made me nervous. Had I overestimated a blog event such as this? My worries were unfounded – I think I just had to wait for my international readers to go online
- Length 3.5 days – I extended the length by half a day as interest was still strong
- Stats: the original post was viewed 167 times and the reminder re-blog was viewed 45
- So you can see this sort of post immediately increases your stats if they are stagnant
- As host, I read all of the posts and made sure I commented on each offering
- The above was a little time-consuming so I capitalised on having a weekend free to ensure I was taking my ‘hosting’ responsibilities seriously
- I also followed a number of new bloggers – and liked blog posts by bloggers I’d never read before
- I gained 13 followers during the ‘Trip’, yet only two participated, demonstrating an appeal for my blog even if they didn’t meet the criteria
- I had one of my earliest followers, Jonny at science.casual, email me to tell me that he was going to ‘respond’ to my post with his own history-themed post. What a result!
Did my theme exclude bloggers?
Yes, undoubtedly, although I tried to make it as broad ranging as I could, by inviting family history posts, reminiscences and travel bloggers.
Did I have enough followers to make this a viable offering for my blog?
Yes! I got a lot out of the content and as long as the participating bloggers follow blog etiquette and share the love (which they did) it becomes a win-win situation! I have a lovely cohort of readers and by all appearances and feedback, a great time was had by all!
Would I do this again?
Yes. Although I’m not sure if it should be six-monthly or quarterly as yet. Maybe I’ll set a reminder and see if I’m busy in early December, otherwise, it’ll be March – and that may clash with my birthday!
I had such a lot of fun reading everyone’s posts and thank you to all for making it such a special experience for me!
Would I recommend other bloggers host a blog party?