First Friday Link Party for Writers – Back-to-School Edition

Carol Tice

School kids partyThe kids are back in school, and you know what that means. Hours of uninterrupted writing time until they get home!

Share what you’ve been working on: Post your best recent blog post in the First Friday Link Party for Writers. This is your opportunity to get yourself some new readers and find some great new blogs to read.

These link parties are a fun way for me to find new blogs, too.

Look forward to seeing your posts β€”

β€” Carol


  1. Kimberley Grabas

    Thanks again for providing this opportunity, Carol! It’s fun and great for finding new blogs to follow!

    • Carol Tice

      Thanks for kicking it off, Kimberley!

  2. Chris

    Thanks for the great opportunity to share!

    Be well!

  3. Phyllis I Turner

    Where is the link party code? It’s not in the sidebar as mentioned.

    • Carol Tice

      Hi Phyllis — sorry about that! I had asked my webmaster to put it up last night, but I think she may be out sick. Think I’ve got it up now, try it out.

  4. Deborah Christensen

    I don’t see the link party code either.

    • Carol Tice

      Apologies for the delay…try now! Should be there.

  5. Darcy Eikenberg

    Would also like the link party code–it’s not visible in the sidebar.

    Great idea–looking forward to exploring new blogs. Thanks!

    Darcy Eikenberg, ACC
    Author, “Bring Your Superpowers to Work: Your Guide to More Clarity, Confidence & Control”

    • Carol Tice

      Got it up now!

  6. Jessica

    For some reason I wasn’t able to upload my link. It couldn’t upload an image or something like that. :/

    • Carol Tice

      Try again — you’ll need to first paste the code in the party widget over on my sidebar somewhere on the page of your post. Then you can post your link in the party.

      Best of luck! And don’t forget to tell your friends to come back on the weekend and vote for you. πŸ˜‰

  7. Mario Zeleny

    Hi Carol!! Can you believe it… after so long I finally entered an article today! Woohoo!! I just wanted to tell you how much I love your app for signing up and adding a link!!! It is easy to use, easy to delete and start over if you need too and it is simple! So nice.

    Thank you so much for first friday fun!!

    Mario Zeleny

    • Carol Tice

      Thanks Mario, and congrats on joining the party for the first time!

      The link software is from InLinkz…their tool is pretty cool, eh?

  8. Kerrie McLoughlin

    Ah, but some of us homeschool 5 little kids while also growing the writing career! I make a decent income only working 15-20 hours per week in the mornings. Love your site!

    • Carol Tice

      Well…you’re a better woman than I, clearly.

  9. Joseph Rathjen

    Carol, my girlfriend said to me, “What are we doing tonight? I wish someone was having a party.”

    I said to her, “Someone I know is and I’m going to it.”

    “Am I invited?” she asked me.

    I just smiled at her and said, “Yes, but it’s BYOP party.”

    She said, “What’s that?”

    “It’s a Bring-Your-Own-Post party.”

    She just looked at me, smiled then said, “All you writers are weird!”

    • Carol Tice


  10. Nick Busselman

    What an awesome idea. Really looking forward to exploring all these blogs.

    Here’s my most recent:

    • Carol Tice

      Nick, to be in the link party, use the link button at the bottom of the post – you’ll get more clicks that way for sure, and then people could vote for your post this weekend.

  11. Kathy

    Thanks, Carol. “Your Writer Platform,” – the first blog up – got a new subscriber! Me. And, she got my “good email address.” πŸ™‚

    • Kimberley Grabas

      Yay! Thanks, Kathy! Glad to have you!

      (And I so appreciate you using your ‘good’ email address πŸ™‚ )

  12. Penelope Silvers

    Whew! I made it in this time, Carol! Thanks for being such a gracious host and allowing us to showcase our writing wares on your most magnificent site!

    Happy Friday everyone! πŸ˜‰

  13. Erica

    Carol, thanks for hosting these link parties. I really like getting to read all these new posts and finding all these new blogs. πŸ™‚

    • Carol Tice

      Me too! Lot of tasty headlines up there this time!

  14. Steve Roller


    You rock! Thanks for the opportunity here. I’d love to connect with you sometime.


    • Carol Tice

      I think if you’re posting your link you kinda are connecting with me, yes? πŸ˜‰

      Hope the link party sends you some traffic!

      • Steve Roller

        Yes, we are connecting, Carol! I meant the good old-fashioned kind, in person. πŸ™‚

        Thanks again.

        • Carol Tice

          Um, where do you live?

          If you’re in the Seattle area, stay tuned for a meetup invite later this month. πŸ˜‰

  15. Anne Michelsen

    Thanks so much, Carol – this is a terrific idea and fun, too!

  16. Nicky LaMarco

    Hi Carol! Thanks for the opportunity!

  17. Penny Taylor

    You know, I’ve looked at three sites so far. I love being able to find and connect to new places, new people and new ideas… but two out of three of the sites I’ve looked at have issues that I find disturbing. One says they use images that aren’t theirs and that they got from various sites. They don’t know if the sites have the copyright and they aren’t claiming the copyright, but they want to thank the creative masters of the work. The other guy just outright uses the word “steal” when he’s talking about using work from other sites and then at the end says he ends up with original work.

    Everyone looks at sites, reads books and find ideas and inspiration, but then the idea is to go out and write your own work. Just saying that you respect the creativeness of the person who designed the image or took the photo you’re using is not absolving you from the fact that it’s stealing. Lots of people have deals with companies where they can use their images with their permission, and that’s great, but if two out of three sites I’m looking at don’t have a clue that they are stealing, it’s kind of scary.

    I’m putting a lot of work into the current book I’m working on. I would be slightly upset if someone got a copy, reprinted it and used it for their own means without getting permission or paying for it. I imagine other writers feel the same. So why would we think artists, photographers and other writers are any less entitled to being asked for permission or getting paid?

    • Carol Tice

      Penny, maybe some writers are using Flickr Creative Commons or MorgueFile type stuff, where it’s OK to reproduce?

      But there IS a lot of ignorance out there about the idea that if it’s on the Internet, it must be free and open for me to use…which is just not true.

      I find my posts here and elsewhere get illegally reproduced on a fairly regular basis…and most often when I reach out and tell them, hey, that isn’t OK…they’re shocked. And usually more than willing to take it down, or to do Fair Use and shrink it to one paragraph with a link to the original, which is kosher.

      I’d drop a note to the ones you saw, as they may need help realizing they are opening themselves up to potential lawsuits if they’re plagiarizing or using images without permission.

      • Penny Taylor

        Definitely good thoughts.

  18. Nicky LaMarco

    Okay, I’m lost. I successfully posted the code in my post. Now what?

  19. Nicky LaMarco

    I don’t see the add your link button…:(

    • Carol Tice

      Sorry, Nicky – link party post time is for 24 hrs from 6 am Friday to 6 am Saturday. We’re on voting now! That’s why the ‘vote’ stars are showing and the ‘add your link’ bar is now gone. The link-post time ended more than 24 hrs ago.

      Come back on the first Friday of October for a chance to post your link and get votes. πŸ˜‰

  20. Nicky LaMarco

    Aw, I missed it! Next time then. Thanks, Carol!

  21. Lorraine Reguly

    I posted my link on Friday, and it showed up just fine. Now, today, I see that it has been removed. Can you please tell me if you removed it, and why? I’d like to know!

    • Lorraine Reguly

      Please delete or ignore that comment. Apparently, I need to get my eyes checked. I’m in spot 23. I was in spot 35. Ooops!

      • Carol Tice

        Lorraine, what happens is after voting the posts get re-ordered based on who got the most votes, so that’s why it moved around.

        • Lorraine Reguly

          Yes, I see. Thanks for explaining it, though. πŸ™‚

  22. Lorraine Reguly

    Hi! I am leaving this comment because I would like for you to update post with the correct link. I am going to be deleting my old site (Lorraine Reguly’s Life) and so would really appreciate it if you could update your post with a link to Wording Well. This is my new site, and because I have moved my β€œold” post to my β€œnew” site, you will be left with a broken link if you don’t change it. I don’t want this to happen! Besides that it is still the same post it always was, but the domain name has changed. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but it is to me. The internet is forever – or at least until we change things, so, please, can you change this for me? (Thanks!)

    • Carol Tice

      Sorry, Lorraine – My tool does not allow us to update or change links to past link parties once they’ve ended! Best of luck with your new site.

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