You are always welcome. You can join at any time.
How much of a commitment is participating?
It's entirely up to you. There is no pressure to participate. You can post once or every week. You can visit a few other blogs, all the other blogs or none. You can write a paragraph or an extended post. Whatever you are called to do is just right.
What's a direct link and how do I post it?
When adding your link to each week's secret, you want to use a direct link. A direct link is the address that takes you directly to the relevant post instead of to your blog generally. For example:
- Direct Link (okay to post): http://starshyneproductions.blogspot.com/2009/01/12-secrets-of-highly-creative-secret-1.html.
- General Link (don't post) : http://www.starshyneproductions.blogspot.com/
There’s no hard and fast rule about when to post. Each Friday I will put up a post and create a space for you to leave a direct link to your post. In my experience, the closer you post to the Friday, the more likely people will come and visit. But remember, everyone has their own rhythm. This is supposed to be fun and inspiring. So find what works for you.
All the links are gone. What's up?
On occasion, Mr. Linky hiccups and for a time the links appear to disappear. It usually only lasts a short while and they are all back, intact and ready for more additions. If this happens, come back a bit later to check the status. If after a few hours it hasn't resolved, feel free to let me know, and I'll contact my hero, Mr. Linky.
How do I put up a badge?
If you're using Blogger, the easiest thing to do is Add a Gadget in your Layout. Choose Picture. Add the address for the badge you want:
- Dark background: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b38/true-diva/The%20Next%20Chapter/wreckthisjournaldark.jpg
- Light background: http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b38/true-diva/The%20Next%20Chapter/wreckthisjournalwhite.jpg
For direct HTML, please email me for the HTML code. I haven't yet figured out how to post it without it simply giving you the badge itself.
Do I have to go to everyone's blog? I'd love to but there's just so many people participating!
Not at all. This is meant to be a joyful adventure, not a chore. Let's drop the pressure on ourselves and each other. Drop in and visit when you have the time and don't be hard on yourself when you don't. When you do have a chance, consider a mix of old friends and new faces so that our community can continue to grow with support and connection.
Why aren't people coming to my blog?
Sometimes it can be a simple, technical thing such as not posting a direct link to your post with Mr Linky. If people come to your site and can't find your Next Chapter post, they'll likely just leave. If that's not it, it can help to visit other people's blogs, find ones you really relate to, and connect through leaving comments. Try not to take it personally. Sometimes, it's just a busy week.
If your question hasn't been answered, feel free to email me at jamie (at) openthedoor (dot) ca.