Introducing: Link Love… with a TWIST

 

Want to know what the final product looks like?  Check out the first ever Link Love with a TWIST here!

Everyone who reads this blog on a regular basis hopefully knows how important the blogging community is to me. I have said it before, but it bears repeating – the connections I have made, and the people I have met, are what has truly made this experience worthwhile for me.

I can’t remember the last time I have been involved in something that has left me speechless with gratitude, but that is exactly how I feel day after day – plain and simple. Every day I wake up and see the remarkable way we support one another – whether it is via contests like Full Time Fabulous or Refinery29′s The Next Big Style Blogger, retweets of posts that resonate with us, helping when someone needs blogging pointers, or rising up together when someone is wronged – the people in this community are there for one another. That deserves more recognition and applause than I could ever give, but I am honored and humbled to be a part of it.

So… that was a rather long way of coming to the main point of this post. For the past couple of months I have been trying to think of a way to GIVE BACK on a regular occasion. The “Your Favorite Post of the Year” Blog Event I held at the beginning of January was a huge success, and I plan to repeat it, but I want to do something more than that. Which brings me to today.

Link Love… with a TWIST

The inspiration for this new feature is – undoubtedly – IFB’s Links a la Mode (LALM).  I think LALM is one of the best platforms available in the blogosphere today to spread link love while introducing other bloggers to your own work.   It’s a wonderful resource that every blogger should take advantage of (if you aren’t sure how it works, V from grit and glamour just recently posted the king of all tutorial’s on how to submit a post to LALM).

So how is this different?  Instead of promoting your own work, Link Love… with a TWIST is about promoting the work of others.


Here is how it will work:

  • I have added a page to my blog called “Link Love.”
  • Each week I will publish a new post to the Link Love page where you will be able to submit entries for the upcoming Link Love date.
    • Note: The inaugural post will be published on February 7th, giving everyone plenty of time!
  • You will have until noon EST Sunday to submit a post written by someone else for inclusion.
    • Include the post name and direct link.
    • Feel free to include a sentence about why you picked that particular post and I will include it.
    • Pick a post that made an impact on you that week – something you really loved.  For example, this week I’m going to nominate “Nudity: Naughty or Natural” by the-loudmouth.
    • Please try to avoid submitting an entry that has already been submitted.
  • Everyone who submits a post will be linked to as well (except me!).
  • I will compile the submissions and post the finalized list on my blog on Monday.
  • I will also include a way for participants to copy the post onto their blog as well, just as is done in LALM.

I *think* that is everything you need to know for now to get started.  If there are any questions or if anything is unclear, please let me know in the comments below. 

Further, I would love to hear your thoughts about this idea, and the process, below.  I was a bit unsure about it at first, but I do think it would be a great way to shine the spotlight on others, which is something I love doing.  When I mentioned this idea to Kristy of Full Time Fabulous, she said:

“It inspires reading the blogs of others which is so important… [it's] an excellent way to grow the community and wonderful to help introduce everyone to new bloggers!!”

I hope you feel the same way, and I look forward to seeing your submissions and hearing your feedback!


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                          • Heidi/Closet Coach May 27, 2011, 10:47 PM

                            This is an awesome idea and I can’t wait to join in!

                            (One side note to think about: When you provide the HTML code for people to publish a duplicate of each week’s post on their blogs, you should probably add the rel=canonical attribute to the link back to your site. If I understand the SEO behind it, it will prevent all those post “copies” from being seen by Google as a duplicate of your original, which could penalize you. More here: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/duplicate-content-block-redirect-or-canonical)
                            Heidi/Closet Coach latest blog post: Friend Fridays- Flow it- show it- long as you can grow it- hair!

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                          • Telena February 12, 2011, 9:12 AM

                            This is an awesome idea and I will definitely participate. So glad I found your blog via the FTF blog. Your post are really insightful and helpful. Keep up the good work : )
                            Telena latest blog post: South Africa-Getting to Know Aisha Baker of Baked Online

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                          • Casee Marie February 6, 2011, 11:41 PM

                            I’m absolutely loving this idea, B! I would love to contribute next week, and of course I’d love to see what everyone else submits. If there’s any way I can help with the copy-and-pasteable list, let me know. If you do it in HTML (I’m thinking that’s how LALM does it?) you can embed the code for copying in your entry with a simple HTML HERE code. (Just take out the asterisks.) Actually, it’s exactly how you did the code under your link back button so you probably already knew all of that. Ha!

                            P.S. Love the new header!

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                          • Casee Marie February 6, 2011, 11:43 PM

                            Okay, the asterisks didn’t stop my code from disappearing. Nice, Casee. I meant a simple “textarea” code. But I’m sure you got the gist.

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                          • Tashrin February 4, 2011, 2:40 PM

                            This is truly a fantastic concept. :) I am happy I found your wonderful blog just in time to see something like this come to reality. Best of luck.

                            Tashrin – A Toronto based personal style blog
                            Tashrin latest blog post: Happy Day

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                          • Louise February 4, 2011, 1:07 AM

                            What a fantastic idea! I just love the blogging community.

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                          • Fabienne Jach February 3, 2011, 5:11 PM

                            I <3! <3! <3! the idea. Now if I could just get my toosh in gear and submit.

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                          • Terri January 31, 2011, 11:28 AM

                            I think this is a fantastic idea. I have submitted a couple of posts I’ve done to IFB without luck. I chose posts that I had worked HARD on (research, etc.). I’ve had other posts that surprisingly proved to be very popular…but couldn’t bring myself to submit to IFB again. I like this idea. I’m not so good at tooting my own horn, but I came across the work of others that I admire all the time.
                            Terri latest blog post: End of January Blues 11-13

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                          • Franca January 31, 2011, 10:21 AM

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                          • Grit & Glamour January 31, 2011, 8:54 AM

                            Just getting around to this…great idea! I’m looking forward to seeing the first list! Oh, and all the subtle blog tweaks look fantastic!

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                            http://www.gritandglamour.com
                            @gritandglamour
                            Grit & Glamour latest blog post: Trademarks—What You Need to Know

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                          • Katie January 30, 2011, 8:24 PM

                            This is such a great idea! I love it so much. You have an awesome blog…just found you from FBFF and I am very pleased :)
                            -Katie

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                          • Arash Mazinani January 29, 2011, 9:52 AM

                            This is a really nice concept, although it may take me a few times to read through it. I’ve only just submitted my first ever Links a la mode post thanks to V’s post on how to do it. I think the way they worded it just confused the hell out of me.

                            So just to clarify with yours you submit on Fridays and then they are posted on the Thursday of the following week?
                            Arash Mazinani latest blog post: Who Else Wants The Definitive Guide on Spring Summer 2011 Trends Part 2

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                          • Beautifully Invisible January 29, 2011, 1:53 PM

                            Hi Arash – I know the instructions probably aren’t that easy to follow. It’s surprising how difficult it can be to write-up! V’s post on LALM was wonderful, but I think that process is a bit more complicated than this one.

                            For Links with a Twist:
                            1. Every Saturday (I changed this from Thursdays) I will create a new submission post. (This will be the place where everyone can share their latest submissions).
                            2. All submissions are due Friday.
                            3. The Links with a Twist post will go live Monday.

                            And then the cycle will start all over again. Does that make sense?

                            I appreciate all feedback, so any more suggestions or questions that you have through the process, please share!

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                          • Cate January 28, 2011, 5:58 PM

                            this is a GREAT idea. now i have to go scouting my favourite blogs looking for something to post!
                            Cate latest blog post: Photo of the Day- Camel

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                          • Beautifully Invisible January 29, 2011, 1:44 PM

                            Yay! That is exactly what I want to see. Looking forward to reading your selection!

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                          • Tanvi January 28, 2011, 2:36 PM

                            Firstly love your banner Super cool! Secondly, love this idea. So much fun … You go B :)

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                          • Beautifully Invisible January 29, 2011, 1:40 PM

                            Thank you, and thank you. Looking forward to seeing what you submit AND getting some much-needed feedback after the first post goes live February 7th! :)

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                          • A Brit Greek January 28, 2011, 5:02 AM

                            Wow, love this idea, aren’t you a genius!

                            Loving the new header too! All the changes rock B! Here’s to a New Year & New You!
                            x.o.x.o
                            A Brit Greek latest blog post: Flash forward to Spring- High streets hottest

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                          • Beautifully Invisible January 29, 2011, 1:39 PM

                            Thank you! Please let me know what you think when the first official post is out – I’ll need all the feedback I can get! LOL

                            And thank you for the comment on my new header. I am still making tweeks… so many ideas… so little technical skill! :)

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                          • Bella Q January 27, 2011, 11:29 PM

                            LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! You have outdone yourself, B. Yeah, I like the LALM, but this is so great. I get inspired everyweek by so gems, and I can appreciate the community building this will do. Bravo!

                            And thanks for that sweet link you just put to mine. I am repeatedly touched to the core by my good fortune to surround myself with such amazing and good spirited bloggers. xo. -Bella Q

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                          • Beautifully Invisible January 29, 2011, 1:37 PM

                            Hi Bella, thank you so much! I really wanted to try and do something that was akin to LALM, but different at the same time. I am sure this will need some tweaking as we move forward, so i look forward to feedback from everyone!

                            I was happy to include the link, but I have a confession. Almost EVERY time I have tried to vote for you ladies I can’t. I have managed a few times, but mostly I either can’t get the pages to load at all OR I can never log in with my facebook account. I have even tried at work and at home. I don’t know if it is just me or what, but it is frustrating! Still trying, though!

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                          • Bella Q January 29, 2011, 1:47 PM

                            The site isn’t very user friendly. I found that if you log into facebook, then click the hearts, it worked. Only one vote per contestant, so you’ve probably voted already. And thank you for your efforts!

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                          • Beautifully Invisible January 29, 2011, 1:54 PM

                            OH I see. Well maybe that explains why I am having issues now! Thanks for the information.

                            I at least got my votes in, in that case. My pleasure as always!

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                          • Heather Fonseca January 27, 2011, 10:24 PM

                            What a great idea! I love it. I try to post my favorite posts on my facebook page, but this is even better.

                            Love,
                            Heather
                            http://heathersdesignblog.com/

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                          • Beautifully Invisible January 29, 2011, 1:33 PM

                            Hi Heather – I keep forgetting to post to my Facebook page, so I decided I needed to do something different. I hope this works out. It sounds good on paper, we’ll see what the final result is! :)

                            I look forward to seeing what you share!

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                          • Lynzy January 27, 2011, 6:40 PM

                            I LOVE this idea. This will be a great way to catch up on the best compiled posts of the week and discover new bloggers.

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                          • Beautifully Invisible January 29, 2011, 1:31 PM

                            Hi Lynzy, thank you for the feedback! I hope it helps build the community. I’d love some additional feedback after the first post goes live February 7th!

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                          • MJ January 27, 2011, 5:34 PM

                            Totally awesome idea B!! Can’t wait to participate! :)
                            MJ latest blog post: Industry Experts Dish on the Beauty Products that Changed Their Lives

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                          • Beautifully Invisible January 29, 2011, 1:30 PM

                            Thanks, MJ. I changed the format a bit so make sure you check back before Friday and submit a post following the new (and hopefully improved) directions!

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                          • THE-LOUDMOUTH January 27, 2011, 5:25 PM

                            This is a great idea, B! I’ve though about doing something similar, but I never really knew how. I’m happy you figured it out. :) And thanks for loving my post — your attention has just made my week!!!
                            THE-LOUDMOUTH latest blog post: What you feel is what you are

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                          • Beautifully Invisible January 29, 2011, 1:26 PM

                            Thanks, Stephanie. The hardest part was actually figuring out the logistics. After I wrote this post I *finally* figured out a way to do it as a separate page and allow comment submissions, instead of using a forum. I think that will be easier for everyone. Let me know how it works out if you do submit something!

                            Also, my pleasure about promoting that post. I really did love it. I don’t understand why that topic can still be so taboo in today’s society!

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                          • Marissa January 27, 2011, 5:04 PM

                            I love it! You just keep topping yourself, B! You’re not going to IFBCon, are you? You’re one of the bloggers I’d most like to meet in person. (Hope that doesn’t sound all stalkerish!) ;)

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                          • Beautifully Invisible January 29, 2011, 1:22 PM

                            Ah, Marissa – I WISH I was going, but I can’t make it this time. I am hoping to attend in the Fall. Fingers crossed! (and no, not at all stalkerish, I’d love to meet you as well!)

                            Thanks for the kind words about the idea. I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone submits!

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                          • Kristy January 27, 2011, 4:58 PM

                            You know I think this idea is genius! Looking forward to the first one!!

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                          • Beautifully Invisible January 29, 2011, 1:20 PM

                            Thank you Kristy, and thank you for your advice when i needed it. I really appreciate it.

                            I look forward to seeing what your next community building event will be on FTF!

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