If you’ve been blogging for awhile, joining a link up is probably old hat by now. But if you’re new to blogging it can seem a little confusing at first. Here’s an easy step by step guide to joining the Adoption Talk Link Up! Anyone with a connection to adoption is welcome to join (adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents, foster parents, potential adoptive parents, anyone!). You don’t need to ask (though you can if you are confused), just join in!
Write a Post on Your Blog
Simple! Just write a post as you usually would. You can use the suggested topics on the scheduke, or write about something else if you prefer. The link up will go live on the first Thursday of the month. You probably want to write your post a day or so before that. (Feel free to save this schedule so you’re ready for the whole year).
Navigating open adoption or thoughts/feelings about open adoption.
Recommended books (adult or kid) for adoption.
How do you navigate the tough questions?
Day in the life
Embarrassing or funny moment related to adoption/the adoption process
Movies with an adoption theme or mention adoption, recommended movies or movies to stay away from.
Why did you choose adoption?
Best advice You’ve ever gotten
Ask someone who’s placed a child for adoption to do a guest post.
Pick an adoption meme/phrase and center blog post around it.
How you messed up as an adoptive parent and what you learned.
The Effects of Adoption
Ask an adoptee to do guest post.
What no tells you about adoption (Things you wish you had known or things you wish had been covered in training)
True stories of support and helpfulness from family and friends
School and adoption
Relating to our children in the early days
Finding post-adoption support
What has been most surprising
Relationships that matter in adoption (community, birth family, etc…)
Unique joys related to adoption
Changes our families have made because adoption is part of our story
Add the Button to Your Post
It’s not required, but it lets others know about the link up and that helps the link up grow. To add it, just paste this HTML into the TEXT (not visual) section of your post, sidebar, or link party page. If you are one of the kind souls who does add the button, we thank you in advance.
Publish Your Post
Just hit that publish button as you normally would. Now your post is live on your own blog, right?
Copy Your URL
The easiest way to do this is to open your post up in a page and just hit copy (CTRL C or Apple C) up at the top where the URL is. You want to make sure you copy the posts URL and not the blogs URL.
Add Your Link
Scroll down to the link up section. You will likely see a few thumbnails of posts from others who have already added their links. Hit the blue “Add Your Link” button:
You should be transferred to a new page that looks like this:
Paste the URL you previously copied into the link section. Inlinkz should then be able to read what your post is titled. You can edit this if you want it to say something different. If inlinkz gives you an error message, make sure you properly pasted the posts URL. Inlinkz should also automatically select a picture if you have one in your post. If you have multiple images, you can select which one you want in the “Image Source” section. If you don’t have one, it is best to hit “Upload” and pick some kind of image so that it isn’t blank. Blog logos work great.
Hit the blue “Done” button and that’s it! Your link is added. Now you can head back to the link up and read some great stuff linked by other bloggers!
– Link up early – most people mingle right after they post. So if you want your post read, try to add it earlier rather than later.
– Comment on other blogs. If you leave comments for others, they are more likely to comment on yours.
– Link up often – you’ll get to know others and they will get to know you. You’ll find the better people “know” you, the more they want to read what you write.
– Follow your hosts, that way you don’t forget to link up.
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