My list of blog hops for authors (#IWSG Blog Hop)

My list of blog hops for authors

The benefits of blog hops are many. Sometimes called link-up parties, hops are a great way to meet other writers/bloggers and build your author community; gain traffic and engagement on your site; and I’ve even seen them used as a tool in virtual book-launch tours.

Here’s my list of ongoing, everyone-is-welcome blog hops for authors:

  1. #AuthorToolboxBlogHop: I host this monthly hop on the theme of resources and learning for authors. All authors at all stages of their careers are welcome to join, and we hop the third Wednesday of every month. Non-writing publishing peeps (editors, book-marketing specialists, book-cover designers, picture-book illustrators, etc.) are welcome, too. (one-time sign-up)
  2. Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop: The monthly #IWSG hop is a community of supportive writers, a place to express insecurities. Those who have been through the fire can offer guidance. Hop to it the first Wednesday of every month. (one-time sign-up)
  3. Storytime Blog Hop: The #StorytimeBlogHop writers treat one another to spec-fic flash fiction four times annually. (pre-registration required for each edition)
  4. Write…Edit…Publish Blog Hop: The WEP bi-monthly hop is a 1,000-word writing contest with prompts provided and a critique element after posts are published. (sign-up required in advance of each event)
  5. #AtoZchallenge Blog Hop: This annual marathon hop happens every April. The challenge is to blog daily until you’ve written about your chosen theme from A to Z. It’s open to all bloggers, and a lot of authors participate. (read instructions for how to participate in hop)
  6. Kid Lit Blog Hop: This monthly hop is for people who love everything that has to do with children’s literature (YA inclusive, I believe.) Bloggers, authors, publicists, publishers—everyone is welcome to join. Hopping takes place the third Wednesday of every month. (one-time sign-up)
  7. Weekend Writing Warriors Blog Hop: WeWaWri hoppers share an 8-10 sentence snippet of their writing weekly. Posts need to be linked up between 12pm on Saturday and 9am on Sunday. The purpose of the hop is to read, critique, and comment on everyone’s #8sunday posts. (weekly sign-up)
  8. Celebrate the Small Things Blog Hop: This weekly hop on Fridays is to celebrate the small things, whether they be writing or reading related, or anything else you want to show appreciation for. (one-time sign-up)
  9. Do you have a (writing) goal? Blog Hop: For this monthly blog hop on the last Friday of every month, update your fellow hoppers on where you’re at with achieving your writing or publishing goal. (one-time sign-up)
  10. #WritingWednesdays Blog Hop: A weekly hop with optional prompts. (weekly sign-up)
  11. Six Sentence Stories: This weekly hop on Thursdays gives participants a cue to incorporate in their six-sentence stories. (weekly sign-up)
  12. #FlashFicHive: Every two months, participants posts weekly pieces of flash fiction according to a set of fairly involved criteria. (no sign-up required, hop to blogs via hashtag)
  13. #MondayBlogs and SundayBlogShare: Bloggers of all walks of life share their posts weekly on these hashtags with the goal of gaining retweets and traffic to their blogs. I recommend observing the etiquette set out here.

My list of blog hops for authors #writercommunity #authorcommunity #writerslifeIf I’m missing any author hops, please add them in the comments, and I’ll move them up into the post proper. Also, because I started a blog hop for authors two months ago, I’d love to hear your opinion on what does and doesn’t work in the hops you’ve participated in. Help me make my hop better!

Speaking of blog hops, I wrote this post for the Insecure Writers Support Group hop, and there’s more hopping goodness to be had. Check out the full list of blog links here.

55 thoughts on “My list of blog hops for authors (#IWSG Blog Hop)

  1. Great selection, Raimey 🙂

    The #FlashFicHive started this month on Twitter (details @FlashFicHive) where participants write and rework flash fiction pieces, sharing them on their blog every Wednesday (tweeting the links with the right hashtags) so others in the hive can read, critique and share. The prompts and exercises are really fun.

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  2. Yup. Great list! I LOVE the Celebrate the Small Things (even though I don’t participate), and Misha Gericke hosts her goals hop quarterly, I believe. There’s the one hosted by Shannon Messenger for middle grade readers too where people share their favorite middle grade read of the month (I think). There was another one I stumbled across recently that was totally new to me, but looked really cool. Can’t remember what it was now…

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! I really appreciate it. I’ve updated the list with the Celebrate the Small Things hop as well as the Do you have a goal one. They both look like fun. 🙂 If you remember the other one, tweet/message me. 🙂


  3. Nice list! I’ve done the A to Z Challenge, and obviously I’m part of IWSG. The Author Toolbox sounds like an interesting one. I’ll have to check that out when the third Wednesday of the month comes around.

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  4. Nice list, thanks for sharing 🙂 I’ve just gotten into flash fiction via #FlashFicHive and I really enjoy it, so I’ll check out Storytime blog hop too!

    I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blogging award:
    It’s a fun way to acknowledge awesome bloggers. If it’s not your thing, no pressure to accept, just know that I enjoy your blog and the #Authortoolboxbloghop 🙂

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  5. Raimey, you are such an inspiration and help to other bloggers. Seriously, I think I’d be lost without some of your blog posts and work! Thank you for what you do!

    I’ve nominated your blog for the 2017 Liebster award. Check it out here! If it’s not your thing that’s fine, don’t feel obligated to participate. I’d still love to have your book recommendation though!

    I’m sure you’ve been nominated a million times, please don’t feel obliged to respond. I just wanted to pass around some appreciation and let you know you’re loved!

    Have a great day!

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  6. Great list! I try to Celebrate often, though I can’t seem to keep up every week. I try to manage IWSG too. I used to do the Do you have a Goal hop but stopped a while back as I wasn’t really sticking to the original goal I signed up with and my whole forecast changed. I have a terrible memory and my brain fears organisation for some reason. Both are required to follow any one blogoop religiously. I do my best to do so with a few though because its a great way to stay in touch with other writers and I do so learn for you lovely lot! 🙂

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  7. This is a great list, but I still don’t understand how a blog hop works. I’ve participated in one a couple times; however, I haven’t connected with anyone through it. Maybe I’m doing it wrong?

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    1. It depends on the month, because it’s best to have the hop post (whatever hop you’re participating in) closer to the top on the actual day of the hop so that other participants can find it without having to scroll down.

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    2. You could, but I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that in the rules/guidelines, I suggest posting on Tuesday, because otherwise you may miss out on comments from people in the Eastern Hemisphere, where their Wednesday starts earlier than ours. Unless you are in the Eastern Hemisphere?

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