Hooked Together: Crochet Blogroll Explorations

by Kathryn on August 2, 2011 · 24 comments

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All of the readers of this blog know that I love to do what I can to connect crochet bloggers to one another, helping us each to find more crochet blogs to enjoy and support. I did this recently through the Hookin’ Up blog project, which was a terrific success thanks to the thirty great women who helped make it happen with their blogs. And now I’m launching a new personal project designed to create such connections in a different way.

It’s called Hooked Together.

Hooked Together is my project wherein I take the list of crochet / craft-with-crochet and yarn blogs that I read regularly (270+ of them!) and I visit each one of them to check out their blogroll, blog links and “blogs I like” sections. I head to each of the blogs on the list to see if they are blogs that I want to follow, too. On Fridays, I share what I’ve learned so far with you in the hopes that it will help you to discover new crochet blogs that you like.

So this Friday you will see a post here that looks something like this:

I follow Crochet Blog A because this blog offers so many great things. Here’s what I think of the blogs on Crochet Blog A’s list:

  • Blog x – terrific blog that I’m glad I discovered
  • Blog y – already knew this one and it’s a great crochet blog
  • Blog z – Off-topic blog about papercrafts
Some of the “rules” I’ve set for myself
  • I will be working down my blog list started with A and going to Z based on the name of the blog. This is just my method of organization. I consider all of the blogs on my current list to be Tier 1 blogs. The new crochet-related blogs that I find as a result of this list will be considered Tier 2 blogs and I will go back and review their blogroll links in the future after having wrapped up all of the Tier 1 blogs.
  • The emphasis in my posts will be on the crochet links I find. Other links will be mentioned only briefly as “off topic” and whatever category they seem to be about.
  • There won’t be any derogatory posts (this is about spreading the love) so if I happen to not like a blog I will clearly state why so others can be objective as to whether or not they might like it.
  • I will do my posts every Friday. I will list the links in the blogroll of at least one blog each week. Sometimes it may be more. If I only did one per week it would take me four years to finish this project! But I do have a (secret) plan for speeding it up. This project will be ongoing and will really depend how much time I have each week and how many new blogs I add to the list as time goes on (the Tier 2 blogs).
  • I will go through all of the links in each blogroll of the blog I’m looking at. Disclaimer: Sometimes I write these posts a few weeks in advance (depends on my schedule) so my links in any given post will review the links that were on the blogroll at the time when I was reading the blog. People obviously have the right to change their blogroll links at any time.
Want to join along?
Does this sound like a fun project that you want to do on your own blog? You are welcome to join me and to adapt the project in any way that you see fit.
Here are the requests I have for that:
  • Grab the banner image at the top of this post and add it to your Hooked Together posts.
  • Link the image to this post so everyone can find out what Hooked Together is all about.
  • Add me to your blogroll – this one isn’t a requirement but it would be sort of nice. icon smile Hooked Together: Crochet Blogroll Explorations
  • You can also grab the sidebar image below (link the image to this post):
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Here are some tips I have for how you can organize and adapt the project:
  • Make a list of all of your Tier 1 blogs whose links you want to check out. The links in your own blogroll or RSS reader are a good place to start.
  • Commit to a post frequency that you can stick with. Do you want to do a Hooked Together post once per week? Once per month? Commit to a schedule that will work for you and let your readers know what to expect.
  • Decide if you want a start and end date. I’m leaving mine open because I plan to keep doing this indefinitely as a way to keep reading other crochet blogs. However not everyone likes open ended projects so you may want to seta time frame. And yes, it’s totally fine with me if you don’t start this week. Choose a start date that works for your schedule. Whatever works for you!
  • Consider whether you need to limit your blogroll explorations. Some blogrolls have dozens and dozens of links in their blogrolls. Do you want to challenge yourself to look at them all (I am!) or would you rather limit yourself somehow? You could do only the first five links or choose the ten that sound most inspiring. Again, whatever works for you.
  • Another way to do this would be to ask another crochet blogger to swap with you for a one time post or a short series of posts. In other words, you check out all of the links in their blogroll and post about them on your site and they do the same for you. This keeps the project short and manageable while still spreading the crochet link love.
Want to support this project?
The truth of the matter is that this crochet blog is a labor love but I do spend more hours on it than I would on a part-time paid job so it helps to get some sponsors now and then to support what I’m doing. If you believe in this Hooked Together project and want to support it there are several sponsorship opportunities available:
  • One-week project sponsor. For the small fee of just $8 you can sponsor this project for one week. Each post will include a roundup at the end of that week’s sponsor’s with links to their blogs (or site of your choosing).
  • One-month project sponsor. For a fee of $30 you can sponsor this project for a full month. Your link will be included in the end-of-post roundup each week. I will also do a separate post during the month highlighting my monthly supporters.
  • One-month gold-star sponsor. For a fee of $50 you can be a gold star sponsor of the month. You get the same stuff as the project sponsor except that in the roundup post of my monthly supporters you will get some special attention. You will be able to choose a medium-sized logo/image to go in the post, which will link to your site/store.
  • Monthly blog sponsor. Check the advertising tab of this blog to see what this entails. I am offering a discounted monthly rate of $200 to my August and September monthly sponsors. This rate includes everything that you get as a standard monthly blog sponsor as well as everything offered in the one-month gold star sponsorship for this project. That’s a $300 value for $200.
If you are interested in one of these opportunities or have questions, shoot me an email at kathryn.vercillo (gmail). Include “Hooked Together” in your subject line. Payment is via PayPal. Don’t have any money but want to support this project? I am endlessly grateful to everyone who blogs, Tweets, spreads the news about this project!! You are welcome to grab the sidebar button or banner to do so.
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