Organized Linky Parties

With the new year I have been struck with the organizing bug.  I am always glad when this bug finds its way into my brain because I know that it will make things easier on me, I just have to put the time into it.

I decided to organize all of my linky parties by day and time.  YAY!! You may think this is not a big deal but it actually took a lot of time.  So let me share with you what I do.  I have also made a sharable spreadsheet so if you like what I do, you can do it too!

This is what my Linky Party Spread Sheet looks like.   I have been using a similar spread sheet for linky parties for the last year and it has really helped me keep track of what I have posted and on which blog.  The new changes I have implemented have really been a big time saver!

Here is the same spreadsheet just in a closer view so you can see it better.

  • In the very most left column I have organized by start Day & Time in Mountain Standard Time.  If there is no Day & Time listed that means it either it doesn’t start consistently at the same time or I wasn’t able to get the start time.
  • In the second column is the name of the blog that has the party (not the name of the linky party) and it is also a link.  So I can click on the name and it will take me right to that blog.
  • In the first row I put the names of my blog posts that I want to link up as well as the date that it was published.  Then I put a mark in the corresponding square when I link up a post to that specific blog.

(The reason there are some C’s and some X’s is because I have hired my son to help me with my link parties and he puts a C for the links he has done and I put an X.  Some of the C’s are highlighted yellow because I have already counted those links and don’t want to count them again.)

When I link up to a party I generally try to have 3 links, unless the rules to the party state specific rules.  I link up 2 of my most recent posts and 1 past post so I can keep traffic going to my older posts as well. This system helps me keep track of what posts I have linked up so I don’t keep linking up the same project to the same party.  It really bugs me when the same post is linked up week after week to my linky party so I don’t want to do that to someone else.

I hope my system makes sense to you, and if you have any questions please feel free to ask.  I have created a similar spreadsheet in google docs that you can implement into your own spreadsheet.  Here is the link and this is what it looks like.

Please do not make any changes to this spreadsheet but you can copy and paste the first two columns into your own spreadsheet and start building your own Linky Party Spreadsheet.  I will keep this updated with any changes of new or ended linky parties so make sure you pin this post so you wont loose the link.

If you have a linky party that you would like to add to the list you can add it to my Link Parties page and I will update this spreadsheet with your information.

Comments

  1. says

    This is great Katie thank you so much for putting this all together! I would love for you to join our Krafty Inspiration Thursday Link Party over at Krafty Cards etc. It’s open from Thursday’s at 6 am till Tuesday at 11:55 pm so you still have time to join this weeks party. Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend!

  2. says

    Katie this is amazing! I do something similar with each day on another tab, but this is so much better! Definitely going to be implementing this this year! Thanks so much for sharing! I’ll be pinning and sharing on my Facebook page!

  3. says

    Hi Katie,

    I was about to start organizing my own linky parties but when I saw your post I was relieved. VERY BIG HELP! Thank you so much for putting all these. I know this is a LOT of work on your side. As always am thankful for joining our Pin It Monday Hop.

  4. says

    YOU ARE ORGANIZED!… I just made a small checklist using Wunderlist to keep me on top of posting to link parties on time!… Thank you for the amazing spreadsheet share! You’re awesome! xo!

  5. says

    Nice sreadsheet, I made one a while back that has been so valuable. I added columns to mine under each post to account for mingling and being featured. I don’t want to be that link and run blogger and it’s nice to track which posts were featured.

  6. says

    Great idea! I made something similar to help me keep track of my Pinterest Group Board posts. Thank you for sharing and allowing me to add my party to your page. Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  7. says

    Hi, Katie, I have a party, What to do Weekends, that starts on Thursday Evening at 10 P.M. EST. I’d love to have you add me to your list. I love the list, btw. LOVE. Best wishes, Linda

    Sending this post out on social media today. Everyone should have this!

  8. says

    Hi Katie, this is amazing! I’ve been trying to organize my link parties for weeks now (getting the start time for some of them sure takes some effort so thank you for that). I’ve got a few different pieces of paper with info on it and I’ve been trying to find some sort of system to organize it all, but now I can stop trying. THANK YOU! Really, I can’t thank you enough for sharing this, it will save me a lot of time and effort which I know you put a lot of into this. Thanks again :)
    P.S. Love the idea of “hiring” your son to help , can’t wait til my girls are a little older so they can help me.

  9. says

    Very nice – I have done one on word but it has just gotten so messy and I love that you have the times column!! I am always early or late but never close to being on time.
    Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

  10. says

    You, know. I totally had started organizing my link parties in a spreadsheet, but then it got a little disorganized and I gave up. I have been just linking up the most current, linking the link party in my post to know if I linked it. Your spreadsheet is way more organized then how mine was! I might have to try this again. Thanks for sharing!

  11. says

    Katie, I love this- so organized and tidy…and very useful!! I saw this at Live Laugh Rowe, and came over to get a better look. Thank for all the great details. I added my Treasure Box Tuesday Party to your party linky- you’ve just got all kinds of neat things going on over here! Thanks! :)

  12. says

    This so Awesome…Pinning! Thanks for linking up to Hit Me With Your Best Shot last week! Hope to see you again tomorrow night at 7 EST! Excited to see what you’ve been up to!

    ~Ariean {http://onekriegerchick.com/}

  13. says

    I’ve kept a spread sheet since I started blogging. Wondered if I was the only one that did that. There is no way I would know where I’ve partied if I didn’t keep a record. I’ve added several other sheets to this file for quick reference such as html codes I frequently use, a separate page for Wordless Wednesday and my backup dates. Thanks for sharing.

  14. says

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I was struggling to keep track of interesting parties and your system looks great AND it’s a good place to start and go from there.

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