MIDLIFERS WHO WANT TO SHARE THE LOVE

We're creating an Exclusive Link Party for Midlifers who want to Share The Love

DRUM ROLL!

My blogging buddy Sue Loncaric from Sizzling Towards 60 and Beyond is joining me next week to launch our new and Exclusive Midlife Link Party. You might be thinking "Oh, another link party to add to my collection" but what we've been planning is something a bit different to your average Link Up. We want to go beyond the usual format and do something that comes from a different direction.

WHAT WE SEE HAPPENING

Sue and I have both been blogging for three years or so and we've been part of several great link parties over that time (Sue even co-hosts a couple!) But both of us noticed that a lot of people come to Link Parties with a fairly self-focused approach - they forget that it's about growing relationships.

Most of us join up to a Party with the hope that others will read our posts - that's to be expected, but there are some bloggers who go to the extreme and just drop their links into every party they come across and leave without contributing to the party in any other way. They rarely read other bloggers' posts and they never take the time to comment or share.

WHAT OTHER PARTIES ARE ABOUT

We also noticed that most Parties are full of posts that are different to ours. There are Mommy bloggers, Food bloggers, DYI bloggers, Craft bloggers, Make-Up product bloggers, Sponsored Post bloggers, How To Make Money Blogging bloggers, and Fashion bloggers. That’s fabulous if you fit those niches but we wanted to offer something different.

We’ve been asking – “Where have all the Midlife Lifestyle bloggers gone? The ones who write about their life and their thoughts.” We know they're out there and we see them here and there, but we wanted to read more posts from people in our "niche" (that magic blogging term!) We wanted to encourage interaction and sharing in a more focused group. That's where we started from and this is where we've ended up....

OUR NEW PARTY

Next Wednesday 31st January at 6am AWST (the link will help you figure how that time applies to where you are) we're launching our new EXCLUSIVE Midlife Blog Party - 

MIDLIFE SHARE THE LOVE #MLSTL

An Exclusive Link Party for Midlifers who want to Share The Love - Wednesdays 7am AWST

We're being very particular about why we are creating this Party. We want it to be about each other - not just about ourselves - so it needs to have a requirement for some commitment from those who attend.

We are EXCLUSIVE because:
1. We're only inviting Midlifer bloggers (45+ year olds)
2. We are starting really small - and will only grow to 25 posts in total.
3. We don't want the usual posts, we Exclusively want posts on your life and what you're doing and thinking.
4. We want people to Share The Love - because it's not just about you.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

If this sounds remotely interesting to you then we'd love you to join us. You will only be able to link ONE post each week and what we require from you is to then visit several other posts - commenting on at least three of them and sharing at least five of them on your Social Media (you choose three SM sites and share each of the posts on all three).

It might take a little more time than your standard Link Party, but the rewards will include getting to know some other great bloggers in your niche more, and it should also translate into much higher page views because the people participating will be making an effort to grow your blog while you help them grow theirs. We're keeping the numbers low so that everyone gets to Share in the Love.

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!

We really hope you'll stop by and join us in our new endeavour. We know that it's not going to appeal to everyone and we may only have a few who want to join us, but we're hoping that there are others like us who want to connect and grow our blogs. We're excited and hope you will be too. See you there! 

(BTW: If you aren't a blogger, or you blog about something that doesn't fit our party, I'd still love you to stop by here on a Wednesday and click on a few of the linked posts - you might discover some new blogs to read and I know each of them would love your support. xx)

We're creating an Exclusive Link Party for Midlifers who want to Share The Love

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47 comments

  1. I love the thought you've put into this - especially re sharing the love. I'm 50, but tend not to blog thoughts etc...I will, however, be dropping by on Wednesdays to see what others are talking about. (and yes I hear you re the ones who link & run.) #TeamLovinLife

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    1. Jo I think you'd be surprised about what you have that would fit in with the sort of posts we're looking for. I always enjoy your writing so I'm sure you would have something to share most weeks x

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  2. ♥ Wishing you two much success, sounds fun! Will join in if my posts qualify. Shared onto Fb, G+, Pn, and Tw ♥

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    1. I'm sure you'll have a post or two squirrelled away that fits our criteria Dee - it might inspire you to share some more of your life with us xx

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  3. Yay - good on you both! I love seeing an exclusive linky for midlife bloggers and their words and thoughts. Love it! I might be a little late to the party (will see how I go) because I have been busy getting posts scheduled to cover from now till my return from two weeks away on holiday (coming up) BUT I love your concept and will plan posts to link up with you as soon as I can for sure! xo #TeamLovinLife

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    1. We'll just be cutting our teeth for the first few weeks Min so there'll be plenty of time to join in after you finish your holidaying - so glad you're having a good break. It's nice to have everything in place and to just let it roll along while you take some time away. Enjoy xx

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  4. Sounds great, Leanne and Sue. Looking forward to checking it out next week!

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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing what you're going to bring to the party each week Donna - I think you'll really enjoy it too.

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  5. Wishing you and Sue much success, Leanne! I'll join if my posts qualify.

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    1. Thanks so much Natalie - I hope you find something to share because I think it's going to be a fun party each week - or just pop by for a read.

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  6. Yay! Wonderful, please count me in. I always love reading about other women's thoughts about life especially those in a similar mid to late life situation, and often want to write about mid-life, but always afraid no one will read my ramblings - so this will give me a focus on two counts. Please count me in ... any chance of sending a reminder email or tagging me in a Facebook post, just as a reminder? Thank you x :)

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    1. Hi Jo - I still haven't gotten around to setting up an email list that actually specifies who gets a reminder about certain things! I'll forward you on to Sue and she can add you to her
      email reminder that she's setting up for the party.
      So glad you want to join us - I'm really looking forward to havin a linky that is proactive and fun for everyone. xx

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  7. Great to see Leanne. I'm not sure if I fit the genre as I mainly blog about travel. However I sometimes write about more personal issues so I will endeavour to link up. #TeamLovinLife

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    1. I think travel works if it's about your trip and features you and what you're doing Kathy - it's the generic posts that appeal to everyone but aren't really lifestyle that may not be the right fit.

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  8. This is a great idea and good way to make use of a link party!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. We hope the Midlifers who join us will be on the same page and want to read each other's posts and share them Jodie - a nice change from the link droppers that pop up all over the place.

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  9. I love the thoughts behind it and the sharing! I dunno how much I'll link though, these days I rarely join linkies (no time) but will definitely keep it in mind, and wish you all the best xxx

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    1. Just join on the weeks you're feeling free and ready to spend a bit of time helping others Janet - there's nothing worse than feeling obligated to do something - it sucks the fun right out of it.

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  10. Congratulations to you both on your initiaitive. I hope that there will be lots of people who will find a place here and that is good. I will see how things go for me week by week but I like the idea of perhaps posting within a niche like this. Let me ponder it!! Thanks for the idea and sharing. Denyse

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    1. Hi Denyse, we'd love you to join us - most of your posts are about your life and your journey with your health and how positively you are approaching things. These would all be a perfect fit for our party - hope to see you there x

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  11. Grrr. Initiative. I cannot have a spelling error!! Sorry.

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  12. I'm grateful for this - I ONLY blog about my life and my thoughts, and have been doing so for about 9 years. I call it my therapy. :)

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    1. Then I hope you'll pop over each Wednesday and share those thoughts with us Barbara - it's going to be a great opportunity to connect with other like minded Midlifers x

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  13. I love this idea..I always thought I just didn't fit in...so I tend to stay away from these blogging parties or whatever they are called...see I don't even know what they are called... :)

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    1. I think the WOM thread is almost a blog party in itself Renee, but our new party might be a great way to get your feet wet and meet some new Midlifers and connect in (there'll be lots of Aussies!)

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  14. Sounds like fun. I've been trying to find ways to incorporate myself more into my blogging. Great idea.

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    1. Rena I'd LOVE you to join us - you have such an interesting life and I'm sure you'd be a great fit with this type of party xx

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  15. Wednesday's for me are Wellness Wednesdays (which are Quick Tips this year). It's all about aging positively. I'll stop by for sure #teamlovinlife

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    1. A wellness post would be a great addition Leanne - you are so good at writing about how different things incorporate into your life so healthiness would be something worthwhile for all of us and fits well with Sue's posts.

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  16. Congratulations, sounds like what I like to read! I do blog about my musings but I have never done a blog link party before. Do I dare??? I will certainly read and look forward to it.

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    1. Haralee your musings always make me smile and it would be lovely to have you join in - see what you think when we launch next week x

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  17. Sounds like an excellent plan. I'm currently grappling with working out where I fit in... (Long story!)

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    1. Good grief Deb - everything you write about fits in with our party! All the stuff about your new job and your plans for the year etc would be perfect.

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  18. I love this idea! My favorite blogs are from other midlifers. I am tired of all the recipes in most link parties because I don't cook much. I look forward to this kind of a party! My time zone will be way off from you Aussies, but I will make myself a note to join in!

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    1. We'd love to have you Michele - I don't think we'll be so swamped with posts that there won't be time for you to squeeze one in. We have lovely bloggers in Canada who are going to be juggling time zones too - it's all part of the fun isn't it?

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  19. We are going to rock, Leanne and can't wait to work together. We make a great team!

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    1. I think we're pretty fabulous as a team too Sue - it's going to be a great linky and I can't wait to get started!

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  20. This sounds sych fun,Leanne.I questioned Sue about whether I'd fit in as I'd hate to think my current age is halfway! I have no dreams to reach 146! However, she seems to think I fit right in. Will my Share My World posts be okay? Mixed Bag of Emotions in Share Your World

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    1. Of course you fit in Shirley! And your posts like this would be perfect (so are your gratitude ones). Midlife goes for as long as we want it too :) xx

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  21. I’m really looking forward to getting involved in this! It’s a great idea, well done to you both. .

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    1. I'm so pleased you're joining us Deb - it's going to be such fun x

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  22. Hey, would you want a 49-year-old male to get involved. I would love to.

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    1. You are more than welcome to share the love :) Just add a post about you and your life or your thoughts next Wed and comment and share to your heart's content.

      A little testosterone won't hurt at all!

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  23. You know I want to join in! See you next week. Thanks for linking at OVER THE MOON Link Party.
    :) gwingal

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    1. Yay Nikki! So glad you're onboard with us - it'll be great :)

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  24. What a lovely idea and I'm delighted to be a part of a midlife linky party where we talk about our thoughts and lives. I'm in :)

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  25. Love this! I'm definitely a mid-lifer and have a lot to say. Now, I'll have to think about it a bit before I dip my toes into this water. Thank you for being YOU!

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