Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thankful Thursday and grow your blog hop

Dear friends, welcome to thankful Thursday. Today, I'm thankful for a good job with good coworkers and supervisors. I am very blessed to be at this job. I am currently in training and networking with coworkers from around the country. We have been in Phoenix and the weather has been fabulous. What are you thankful for? Please join me for the grow your blog hop. This is an opportunity to meet cool bloggers and isn't that why we all blog? Yes it is. Please stay tuned for high five for Friday.

Good 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! :)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.growyourblog200a
      • Follow your hosts and co-hosts
      • 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.)GYBCOHOST
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  1. Stopping by from the GYB hop, happy Thursday!

  2. Good morning, Esther! I just found your blog, and look forward to reading more about your weight loss journey! (Keeping up with you on Twitter.) Best of luck to you!
    - Allie (

  3. Hi! Dropping by from GYB hop!! Now following on GFC. Your kitty is so cute...and comfortable:) Stop by for a visit some time! Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  4. You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest GFC follower from the “Grow Your Blog” blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back:

  5. Hi Esther!! Stopping by to say hello ...I'm already a follower here :)

    Have a great weekend,

  6. Thank you so much for co-hosting this week! I'm already a follower of yours but wanted to say hi regardless! This is one of my favorite blog hops that I participate in :)

  7. Love your blog! Thanks for hosting, I'm new around here. Would love to have you contribute a recipe to my dinner party link party (it ends tomorrow!)

  8. I love coming across a new blog and noticing that there are mutual cyber friends already here :-) Going to enjoy poking around your blog a bit I think! Love your cat picture too.
    Thanks for co-hosting,

  9. Thank you so much for co-hosting! Love your blog. Our kitties could be twins. :)

    Kathy @

  10. Hi, I wanted to stop by and say hi from "Grow Your Blog" Enjoying your blog and I am a new follower. I would love for you to come visit and follow back. I hope you have a fantastic weekend.
    Marcie @

  11. I just found your site from the GYB party! I am now a follower of your blog and facebook. Thanks for co-hosting a great party!

    Cynthia at

  12. Following now from the GYB Hop via GFC.


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