Way back on the 22nd March 2013, I started linky called Post Comment Love. I started it in a bid to try and read more blogs and help others. Then, on 5th April 2013, I started to feature a newbie showcase – or new blogger – every week in a bid to try and help them. To date there has been 228 bloggers featured in the showcase and I still have a rota up to the end of May.
So many people have said to me that it is the first linky they ever joined because it was so easy. For that I am so very grateful.
I have also had people say to me that they believe that the newbie showcase really helped them become more prominent. It really did what I hoped it would.
But now, it is time to say goodbye to my beloved linky. At the end of December I will be giving up #PoCoLo. Not an easy decision but I hope you understand. There is more to life than linkys. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved running it but I’ve got to the stage where it has taken over and taken my time away from so many other things I want to do. Plus, there are so many similar ones out there now which weren’t around when I started.
I shall still be running my poetry linky, Prose for Thought. It was the first linky I started and the creativity side means an awful lot to me and is something that I want to develop. If you read my Blogfest post, I announced that I shall be compiling a book of wedding readings and it’s because of Prose for Thought that I’ve continued to write creatively and got better as a result.
The PoCoLo Facebook group and Google + community will remain as I believe that it is still a good place to help share. I should be able to spend a little more time there too – and stay in touch with the people who linked up.
So many people start a linky because they believe they will instantly see a rise in their page views. Yes, that can happen but I didn’t start it for that reason. They also seem to think running a linky is easy. As many other bloggers know, it isn’t. It’s hard work. I get up every Friday at around 6.15am to do the ‘big tweet out’ (I’m sure I’ve annoyed lots of people!). The main reason for this was to help the newbie showcase and raise awareness of them.
I now need to be spending this time on me and what I really want.
I have loved running this linky. Loved the fact that I have met so many other bloggers as a result and loved reading so many rich and varied posts. Thank you to each and every one of you who linked up over the last (almost) 3 years.
If I said that I wasn’t going to miss it then I will be lying – and actually I am typing this with tears in my eyes. The 18th December will be my last one and I shall make sure it is a jumbo one to take Christmas into account.
I would be happy to pass #PoCoLo on to a good home – or homes – so if you are interested then please get in touch.