I only recently came across the term 'blog hop'. Am I the only one who hadn't heard of this before? In essence, it's an online event where a group of bloggers drop in on each other's blogs and leave comments. It's a way to create new connections, boost the number of visitors to your site and generally have a bit of a party.
Today I signed up to take part in my first blog hop for members of the She Writes Books and Writing group. I always enjoy finding new interesting blogs and forging fresh alliances so I'd like to welcome all my fellow She Writes blog hoppers to my blog. I hope you enjoy reading my posts. I'll be dropping in on as many of you as I can. I've even created a blog button (scroll down the right hand column to find it) for any of you who are collecting them.
My blogging tip is to keep a plan of future blog posts so you can look ahead to what you're going to be writing and collect necessary links, articles, images etc that you might need. You don't have to stick to it rigidly but having a record of what you are going to write and what you have written can be a useful tool for planning ahead. I often write posts in advance when I know I'm not going to be available. I can note down important dates (Christmas, birthdays of family and historical figures) that are likely to be the basis for a post. It's also helpful to look back and see what I've written a year ago.
If you'd like to have a look at all the blogs taking part in our blog hop, you can find the list here.