Writers’ Homecoming: Wordsmith Studio’s 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop

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Grab this badge to show your participation in Homecoming 2015. Right click to save. Thanks Khara House for the great art work!

Welcome to Wordsmith Studio’s third anniversary celebration of our fabulously supportive writing group! If you don’t know, Wordsmith Studio first started with a Platform Building Challenge for writers, hosted by poet Robert Lee Brewer in April 2012. We immediately formed a supportive and energetic group of writers and artists.

Our writing group will be celebrating the third anniversary with a variety of activities here on the site, as well as in Scavenger Hunts, livechats and other events from April 1-30, 2015. Find more information in posts throughout the month, and in these social media venues:

Wordsmith Studio on Facebook

#wschat on Twitter

That said… This post is a kickoff of our monthly blog hops!

Writers’ Homecoming: Our Blog Hop Kickoff

This post is the kickoff of blog hops that will occur every Wednesday in April. Join in today or in noted dates throughout the month by sharing a hop to what you are writing on your own post, as well as checking out the posts of other Wordsmith writers and guests.

What is a “Blog Hop”?

Considering Wordsmith Studio was started by writers eager to build social media platform, a blog hop is the perfect way to celebrate — as blog hops do just that. A hop is similar to the connection that occurs when you comment on someone’s blog and readers then click through your comment to view your blog as well. Bloggers know this is a great way to build community and genuine interaction with readers.

But the live-linking feature of a hop is like the turbo version of that.

Sure, you can still add traditional comments and links below this post, but you are also given the option to “join the hop.” When you do this, you are able to add a thumbnail and link to your current blog post, which will then be included in the list of hoppers within this post and the posts of all participants. Here are the steps:

  1. Read this post, and connect with other writers by reading the posts of at least 2 other participants in the hop (click thumbnails that interest you, below). Share a comment on their posts to let them know you visited as part of the Writers’ Homecoming Hop. Consider following or subscribing to blogs you like — we’re hoping we all find some great new connections ( or renew old ones).
  2. Add your own blog to the hop:
    • First, write your own blog post. You can write one today in response to the prompt below, or simply share the most recent thing (or favorite!) you have posted within the last month. For this week, we are interested to get to know you and what you are up to in your writing, so the topic is open.
    • Include the Linky Tool in your post: When uploading your post, this is how you make it part of the hop: switch from “visual” to “text” display while drafting your post, and paste the line of “linky tool” html code given below. By adding this code, the same participant thumbnails are promoted on all participant sites — this is how we all begin to connect with one another’s work!
    • Come back to this post and  add yourself to the hop: create a thumbnail by providing your email and the address to your recent post. Please add only one link each week (you will have a chance to participate again each week this month).  Your link will appear after administrator approval.
    • Note: the hop kicks off each Wednesday, but you can join in any day through the following Sunday.
  3. We all benefit by sharing exposure to each other’s work:
    • Viewers will now begin visiting your post, as well. The thumbnails sort randomly, so everyone gets exposure.
    • Wordsmith Studio will promote the blog on Facebook and Twitter, and participants will share news exponentially as everyone shares their own blogs in the hop.
    • Grab the Wordsmith Studio Homecoming 2015 badge to use in your hop post, or otherwise use to show your participation in all the month long activities.

Want a Prompt for Your Post?

As part of our homecoming, Wordsmith Studio loves to catch up with writers who have been here since the beginning of the group — those who founded it, those who are always active and many who drift away and return from time to time — as well as new members and those just thinking of joining. Part of “coming home” in the literal sense involves letting folks know what you have been up to. So this week, we want to know about you and your writing (or, for our artists, your latest project).

There are no required formats, but for those who enjoy a Q & A, here’s our interview for you — answer all or whichever fit you best:

  1. Are you a WSSer (a member of Wordsmith)? If so, sound off about how long you’ve been a member, your favorite way to participate, or anything you’ve missed if you’ve been away. We’re not your mother/father… there will be no guilt about how long since your last call.
  2. What medium do you work in? For our writing folks, are you currently working on fiction, poetry or nonfiction, or a combination? Anyone YA or mystery or thriller or…?
  3. What’s the name of your current project (ok multitaskers, give us your main one)?
  4. What is your favorite detail, sentence or other bit you’ve written lately?
  5. Any obstacles or I-hate-this-chapter moments?
  6. What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned lately from your writing?
  7. In what ways do you hope to grow in the next 6 months/year?
  8. In what ways do writing friends and communities help you do that?
  9. What else should we have asked you, or what would you ask other writers?

Don’t Forget:

Read others’ posts. Write your own post, including the html code to include the linky tool to connect your blog to the hop. Share your post in a thumbnail below. Use the badge and otherwise promote the hop as fits your social media platform.

Most of all, have fun! Welcome home! We’re glad you’re here!



 

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16 comments for “Writers’ Homecoming: Wordsmith Studio’s 3rd Anniversary Blog Hop

  1. April 10, 2015 at 12:09 am
  2. joyweesemoll
    April 12, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I thought I knew how to use the linky tool, but I don’t see my post. So, here it is: http://www.joyweesemoll.com/2015/04/12/writer-interview-sundaysalon-wschat/

  3. elissa field
    April 12, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Joy and Jane Ann, It’s so good to see you here. I’m glad you posted your links in the comments. The Linky Tool is sort functioning to link the blogs, but not displaying the thumbnails. We’ll get it fixed for Week 2 of the hop, or maybe before that.

  4. elissa field
    April 13, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Okay, yay. I worked out the kink and got the thumbnails to display. Great start for our first hop! Get ready for Wednesday’s next one. We had suggestions for the coming prompts, but feel free to let me know (here or elsewhere) if you have ideas to include in a prompt. You know, anything you’d like to know about each other’s work?

    By the way: for anyone arriving at this after the official hop period (the linky tool closes on 4/13), you can still join in. If you write a post to answer the interview questions, either share a link to it in the comments here or use it as your response to one of the later blog hops.

  5. April 13, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I think I done it. Doh . . .

  6. elissa field
    April 15, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    The linky tool for this post is now closed, but you may still share your link here in the comments… or check out week 2 of the blog hop! http://bit.ly/1Dk50Ti

  7. April 16, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    The linky tool showed up on my blog once I posted. I was surprised since it did not appear in my preview. http://www.lindaghatton.com/2015/04/what-have-i-been-up-to-wordsmith-studio.html

    • elissa field
      April 30, 2015 at 7:34 am

      Linda, Did you click the link above (the one that says “Click here to enter”) to add your thumbnail to the list? Can you do that, so readers can see your icon, to know you are participating as well? Glad to see you here.

  8. April 16, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Hey Linda, I enjoyed your post. What is the YA on? I tried to leave a message but you site wouldn’t let me – WordPress doesn’t like open ID and often rejects me. And Sopphy, I liked your poem! Great to hear from you again!

  9. May 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    At last I can begin to join the celebration and respond to the Blog Hops….

    The question is where to begin and will I be able to find a way to respond to all the prompts?

    The last 3 yrs. have not been easy, the one constant being my writing as a way to keep positive and move slowly forward.

    As an infrequent participant in our community I am grateful for the support and encouragement members have sent my way.

    Where to begin? At the beginning, I suppose. 😀

    At least I have a title for my first post!

    “Wordsmith Studio’s 3rd Anniversary: Reflections of a Mad Macedonian – Pt. 1”

    • May 9, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Good for you, Kiril. Hey, my beta reader and friend since high school is also a mad Macedonian.

  10. May 16, 2015 at 11:35 am

    OK, here ya go!

    In case Mr. Linky is not working….

    I have, finally, begun to respond to the blog hops!

    This is part 1.

    The Mad Macedonian Blog – Wordsmith Studio’s 3rd Anniversary: Reflections of a Mad Macedonian – Pt. 1

    http://www.madmacedonian.com/2015/05/wordsmith-studios-3rd-anniversary-reflections-of-a-mad-macedonian-pt-1.html

    Oh, and what a coincidence, Jane! Is he native to the country? My father was born in Macedonia and immigrated to America, where I was born.

  11. May 19, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I wrote a post responding to the 9 questions posed and just posted it….

    Wordsmith Studio’s 3rd Anniversary: Reflections of a Mad Macedonian – Pt. 2

    http://www.madmacedonian.com/2015/05/wordsmith-studios-3rd-anniversary-reflections-of-a-mad-macedonian-pt-2.html

    On to Blog Hop #2!

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