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.