Thursday, February 1, 2018

2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

The day is finally here!  Registration for the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop has officially opened!  I am happy to announce that I am co-hosting this event with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, Sandra at mmm!quilts, and Jen at Dizzy Quilter.

The goal of this event is to provide advice, tech help and introduce new quilters to the online quilting community.  But do you want to know the best part of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop?  It's the people!  If you are a new quilt blogger, please consider participating in this event.

The hosts are here to provide guidance, but the amazing value in this experience is the connections you will make with other quilt bloggers experiencing the same things you are.  Life long quilting friends have been made through this event.  I can personally attest to this.  I participated in the 2015 and 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop and still talk weekly and sometime daily to quilters I met through the experience.  I've even been lucky enough to meet some in person!

Left: with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, Middle: with Sandra at mmm!quilts Right: with Juile at Pink Doxies
If you have questions you would like answered prior to registering, please feel free to leave a comment and I will do my best to answer your questions.  Everyone will come with a different set of experiences, expertise, questions and expectations and I want to stress that this hop  is to improve your blog, increase your blogging skills and get more involved in the online quilting community.  The focus is not on helping start up online businesses (note that online business owners with blogs that meet the criteria are welcome).

2018 New Quilt Bloggers Participation/Sign Up Criteria

The technical criteria to participate in the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop is as follows:

  1. If you have been blogging mainly about quilting 
  2. for more than 2 months but less than 3 years, 
  3. writing at least 4 posts a month,
  4. are willing to agree to be actively involved in the blog hop through visiting and commenting (very important to get to know the other bloggers) on the other blogger's hop posts,
  5. and are willing to participate in group discussions by signing up to join Slack (available for desktop and as an app for movable devices and I promise it isn't hard to use).
Please indicate your interest in joining by filling out the registration form by clicking the link or using the form below.

Additional Details
  • Note that after you indicate your interest by filling our the registration form, you will not receive email confirmation until the beginning of March at the earliest.
  • We will accept 100 participants for the blog hop this year.  The sign-up form will be available until February 28th, 2018 or until we reach 100 participants.  
  • Participation in the blog hop will consist of a significant time commitment.  We believe that the more time you can dedicate to the blog hop, the more you will get out of it.
  • Tentative Schedule:
    • Early March: Welcome participants vie E-mail and get everyone into the Slack group to facilitate and begin conversations.
    • March:  Get to know one another through a series of weekly planned prompts through the Slack group.
    • March:  Optional structured blog critiques groups will be conducted.  Again it is optional.
    • April:  First half (2 weeks) of blog hop.
    • May:  Second half (2 weeks) of blog hop.
Looking for ways to participate?

If you are an alumni or blogger who has been active for longer than 3 years, we would love to have you share information about this year's New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop so that many new bloggers can be exposed to this opportunity as possible.  We would also love to grow our list of Advice for New Bloggers posts.  If you have previously written something or would like to write a post that we can link to about anything you wish you ad known earlier in your blogging adventure, please contact myself  or any of the co-hosts by leaving a comment on either of your blogs or emailing us for further details.  

Thank you to our Sponsors!!!!

The 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop is being sponsored by an awesome selection of companies and we are excited to be partnered with:

This hop will have it all!  Good advice, great people and lots of fun prizes.  Please if you are hesitant to sign up, ask questions.  We are more than happy to ease your mind.  You CAN do this.  You SHOULD do this.  I always say a quilt show can't be a show if it doesn't have quilts.  A blog hop can't be a hop, if it doesn't have people.  To all the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop Alumni, please spread the word.  Let's welcome a new group of quilting bloggers to this experience and our quilting family.


Nancy J said...

Join in, come on in, this is the best experience you will have in your quilting and new friendship world. others are there to guide you, help with any problems, share news, views, comfort, rejoice, and so much more. For me, I entered a whole new world in 2011 when I began my blog, and after asking a NEW friend for suggestions, I gave her some idea of what I wanted for the name, as it was to be a tribute to my dear friend Walter who served in HMS in WW2,
" All Points of the Compass" was started. I do not post as often as many others, I do not reply to every comment, but when I get a comment, my heart sings with joy.
Please come and join, this is something so special you do not want to miss out.
Fond greetings to you three , I look forward to reading of many new members.

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

I hope you have a great year!

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited to follow the new group of bloggers this year! Good luck to all of you! I love the graphic!

Emily said...

I was lucky enough to participate twice and it was fabulous! So glad you are helping to run it now, Tish! Hope you have a great year, can't wait to visit everyone on the hop!

Stitchin At Home said...

Looking forward to meeting new bloggers!

Jen said...

Joining this hop was probably the best thing I ever did for my quilting adventures! I have made many friends and learned so much! I can't wait to follow and meet some new quilt bloggers!

Cheryl said...

I am so glad you are hosting the hop this year, it will be great!

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