Thursday, March 7, 2013

Good morning to my loyal readers and welcome to my new readers!
I started following Julie's blog, This Gal Cooks, a while back.  I was excited to start participating in her blog hop, Grow Your Blog, when she got it up and running.  It's been a great opportunity to not only grow my blog, but a great chance to find some awesome new blogs to follow myself.  I was so excited when Julie scheduled me to co-host and today's my lucky day!

To my awesome existing followers, hop on down and join in the fun.
To my new followers, I'm so excited to have you here.  Take a look around.  Be sure to leave me a comment so I can return the follow.  I look forward to having you around!

So, without further ado...

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Grow Your Blog (or GYB) blog hop! Paula and I are so happy to have you link up with us this week. And we happily welcome any new bloggers to the party! :) How has your week been? Do you have any plans for the weekend? What is the Grow Your Blog Hop all about? NETWORKING! Meeting new bloggers, finding new content to follow, building your readership. Why is blog networking great for you? Simply put, it increases readership and traffic to your blog. How do you network? Visit. Comment. Invite. Communicate. These are key to growing your blog. GYBNEW2

      • Follow your hosts and co-hosts
      • Link up the main page of your blog, not an individual post. You may link up your individual posts to Marvelous Mondays.
      • Visit and follow other bloggers
      • Comment to let them know that you stopped by and how you followed (Email, GFC, Facebook, Bloglovin, etc)
      • Invite them to visit your blog (be sure to leave your blog web address - too many times have i seen bloggers comment and request a visit to their blog without leaving their blog web address)
      • Communicate with them about what you like on their blog. Let them know you are interested in their blog. USE THEIR NAME! A simple "I'm so and so stopping by. I followed you please follow me." just isn't going to interest someone into visiting your blog. Sure, you can request a visit to your blog or a follow along but engage in some type of conversation first.
      • Grab a button and promote the party(you can get the button on This Gal Cooks right here.)



  1. Congrats on the co-hosting--great way to meet new blogger peeps! I'm now following you via GFC and would love it if you'd like to visit and follow back! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Found your blog through the GYB hop. Thanks for co-hosting! Now following via GFC ;) Would love to have you stop by and visit me at :*)
    Have a lovely day!! :)

  3. Stopping by from the GYB hop. Already following on Bloglovin and now following by Pinterest too.

    Hope you are having a great week.

    Kate x

  4. Thanks for co-hosting! Now following via GFC ;)
    Would love to have you stop by and visit me at

  5. Had you on my Google reader, didn't realize I wasn't a follower - I am now!

    Thank you for hosting ~

  6. You have a wonderful blog Jen!! I'm your newest GFC follower from the “Grow Your Blog” blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back:
    PS – I would also like to invite you to a blog hop called: “The Great Blog Train” currently live on my blog – Thank you!

  7. Thanks for co-hosting this blog hop! I'm a new follower via BlogLovin' and Twitter. I'm excited to check out more of your posts and hopefully get some ideas from you!! :)

    Mary Catherine of Fun-A-Day!

  8. Hi Jen! Thanks for co-hosting! I am excited to be following your "crafty misadventures". I love figuring out how to do crafts more frugally too. I'm following you on GFC, Twitter, FB, Pinterest and Google+. I hope you'll visit me and maybe even follow me back.

  9. Love this link up and was so excited to see you as part of it! It's so much fun finding new blogs to follow along with and am THRILLED you are back!! :)


  10. Hi! I'm a new follower, and I look forward to getting some great ideas from you!
    XO, Rachel
    With Love, Rachel

  11. Hi Jen! Thanks for co hosting! Am now following you through GFC! Would love for you to stop by my little blog! Hope to see you there :) Have a great weekend!

  12. Hi Jen! Thanks for co-hosting the blog. LOVE your story about your grandmother and the phone! Can't wait to explore more of your blog and will be subscribing! Have a great evening! ~Cindy,

  13. Jen, thanks for co-hosting. I am now following you. I would love a follow back. My blog is
    Love your blog.

    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the. Mile

  14. It's different


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