Linky Party- Shaking Things Up!

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About a month ago, I threw caution to the wind and changed things up with my linky party and had you link up your About Me pages.  And ya know what? It was so. much. fun!   I loved getting to know more about you.
With the new year I decided that my Pity Party is going to become something different.  It’s been over two years since I started it and it just feels like it’s time.

I’ve been doing some blog soul searching lately about how, why and where this little blog of mine is going.  One thing I’m missing is Y O U.  I kinda sorta feel like I’m creating, posting and then hearing crickets.  And I really want to hear more from you.  While I’m flattered that you are clicking over here to visit and hanging out, I’d love it even more if you said hi and gave me the opportunity to get to know you.

In the survey from my End of the Year Recap the other day (thank you for those of you that filled it out!), there was a large number of people that clicked on wanting more personal posts.  Thank you for that.  I want to share more of my life with you and hope you will do the same with me.

With that….. from here on out my Pity Party will be more about connecting and networking.
I still want to feature you…. but I think it could be done better. 
Pity Party- Link Up your Pinterest Account

SO— here’s my plan:  each Friday I will have you link up specific items.  Today I want you to link up your PINTEREST accounts.  One week I’ll have you link up your favorite post ever, another your Instagram account, and another something personal, etc.   I will also ask that you leave a comment sharing another person with me.

To recap, the rules:
First put your Pinterest account in the linky.  This is what I’d put: And then leave a comment for one or more of your very favorite people you follow on Pinterest.  Two of my  favorites that I would leave in the comments and

Link up your Pinterest Account
If you just link for the page views normally, (which is fine, I get it), this might be where you exit stage left.  (I will miss you!)  But if you want to get to know other amazing people and maybe learn some new things along the way…..then join in on the fun.  I’d love to get back to the blogging olden days when I knew everyone who was visiting.  And if I didn’t, you better believe I wanted to know where they came from and more about them.  Have you seen this post from Theta Mom- Bring Blogging Back?  My sentiments exactly.

Edited to add:  After hitting publish, I realized that it’s a little ironic to be asking for people to link up Pinterest accounts.  I think Pinterest has a lot to do with interaction being way down in general.  But– it’s still another way to connect.  And I actually think you can get to know things about people from their Pinterest boards- likes, interests, etc.  So link it up and have fun visiting the other accounts.  Hopefully you’ll be inspired and find some new friends!

I’m open to ideas and suggestions.  Let me know why you link up, what you like, what you’d prefer, etc.  Let’s figure this out together, shall we?


  1. says

    I love this idea! Interaction and community is one of the main reasons I started getting into the blog world in the first place. 2012 was kind of an off year for me and I didn’t post much, so when I started posting again towards the end of the year, I wasn’t having as much traffic or comments as I did in 2011. It’s kind of frustrating, so more ways to interact is great. Thanks for hosting this!

    A couple of my favorites to follow are: – I’ve been reading her blog for a couple years now, and she’s crazy good, and maybe a little crazy with all the projects she takes on, but she’s awesome. – she posts lots of great crafts and simple sewing projects.

    • says

      Hi Catherine- I started blogging back when dinosaurs were roaming the Earth and it was all about community. I’m seriously missing it. Sorry about the frustrating jump back into blogging but happy to have you here and interacting. ;) Thanks for linking up!

  2. says

    Hi Mique. I really, really want to follow you via email but the little email icon on the right column on your blog takes me to your about-me page :-( please let me know how I can sign up to follow via email. Thank you so much. vstayton at atlasok dot com

    • says

      Hi Valerie- thanks so much for letting me know. The mail button you were pushing is supposed to be to contact me – I will switch it to that. It shouldn’t send you the “About Me” page. To subscribe via email, you can click on the first button with 3 semi circle looking things. That’s for RSS and will give you different options. You can read via a reader or there is an option to click: Get Thirty Handmade Days delivered by email. Here is a direct link to that for you: Hope that helps!! Thanks again.

    • says

      Hi Anna- the feeling is mutual, so nice to meet you! I love that you gave me the reasons why you follow them. That is awesome. Have a fabulous weekend!

  3. says

    Fun idea! I’m always looking for great people to follow on Pinterest. I’m kinda picky so super good ones are hard to find! :)
    I love following Kendra Williams. She has great kids ideas, outfit ideas, and recipe ideas
    Elsie from A Beautiful Mess for her quirky fun style, home decor, great diy ideas
    Jamie and Jacinda from Prudent Baby for great diy, sewing, and everything ideas.:)

    • says

      Hi Allie- I’m the same as you- pretty picky about who I follow. But you pin the coolest things too. ALWAYS great ideas. You have some awesome kid/teaching ideas. Thanks for sharing your favorites and why you love them. You’re the best! xo

  4. says

    I am so glad you are doing this! I have had the same feel that I just really need to connect better this year. I decided I’ll be doing an about me post once a month with a link party not to get a huge number of links but more so I can share myself and hopefully connect more with my readers. I love love love this!

    • says

      Thanks Katie! I love the Nester too. And she’s as sweet as can be. ;) Off to look at your other link. Have a fun weekend!

  5. says

    I totally get the crickets thing. I feel the same way!! This is a great idea to try to fix that problem =).

    • says

      Thanks Leigh Anne! I love shaking things up. ;) And you’re the sweetest. I love following you too. And Desiree is fabulous. Have a great weekend. xo

    • says

      Hi Elaine- thank you! I love Skinny Taste but haven’t seen Shugary Sweets before. Can’t wait to check her out. Have a fabulous weekend!

    • says

      Hi Anna!! You are a great one to follow too- and bring different things to the table. I always find the funniest posts from you. It’s awesome. xoxo

  6. says

    I think this is a great idea! This is especially great for me because I don’t really follow that many people on Pinterest. I know I’m slow! :) So this is a great way to connect & meet to more bloggers. Thank you!

    • says

      Hi Ginger- you’re not slow! ;) But I think this is a great place to start. So many great ones here. Thanks for joining in. Have a great weekend!

  7. says

    I don’t really have one person that I follow consistently on Pinterest, but I looked at my list of ones I follow and really like the pins of Kylee, so here’s a link to her boards…
    And as for crickets, I know about crickets;). Thanks for getting us in the getting to know each other mode! Happy New Year!

    • says

      Hi Kim- it was hard to narrow down favorites for me because Pinterest moves so fast! But I looked at who I repin a lot. ;) Off to check out Kylee.
      So happy to get to know everyone better. Thanks for coming along. Happy New Year to you too!

  8. says

    Love this idea! I must say that although my traffic has really gone up in the past year-6months my comments have gone way down. Maybe this is due to Pinterest but regardless this is a great idea to bring the community back!! Kudos to you! I love following my friend Vanessa of See Vanessa Craft on Pinterest –

    • says

      Hi Kelsey- that’s exactly what’s happened with me. Traffic is high, interaction is low. Pageviews are great (and important for the business side of things) but I also want to connect. Hope this helps! Vanessa is wonderful- good choice. ;) Have a great weekend!

    • says

      Hi KC- that is awesome. I love when things like that happen- finding new people, new ways with common interests (re: the person who pinned one of your pins). Happy to have you along for the ride- as always. xo

    • says

      Hi Jo-Anna! I love Desiree- she is a pint sized ball of energy! I need to check out Cassie now. Have a fabulous weekend!

    • says

      Thanks Jamie! Excited to have you join in. It was hard to narrow down to a couple of favorites because I’m like you- I follow a wide variety of people. Have a great weekend!

  9. says

    Thank you for hosting this fun link party. I LOVE seeing other people’s Pinterest boards. I’m following you now on Pinterest. I need a whole day to look through all the great stuff you pinned. I love seeing how others organize their boards and what inspires them. Thanks again for the great idea! I’ll be back.

    • says

      Thanks so much Tanya! I’m excited about it too. So fun to see everyone interacting and visiting. Have a great weekend!

    • says

      Hi Christine- thanks for linking up! I already followed Heather but had fun poking around Tanya’s. Have a great weekend!