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Blog Hop: Grow Your Blog

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! :) Super Bowl is this weekend. Do you have any plans? Any good appetizers or BBQ food that you will be making? If so, please share in a comment below!

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.



Julie from This Gal Cooks (HOST)
Paula from Call Me PMc (HOST)
Myranda from Pretty Living in PDX (CO-HOST)
Kaylynn from Colby, Kay and T. Rae (Co-HOST)
Jen from Boys Will Be Boys (CO-HOST)
Chrissy from The Taylor House (CO-HOST)
Kara from Happy Go Lucky (Co-HOST)


      • 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.)


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24 comments on “Blog Hop: Grow Your Blog”

  1. Good morning Julie. thank you so much for hostng! We will be having potlock and watch football with friends.

  2. Thanks so much for hosting! Happy to find your blog and subscribed via email. So far for the Super Bowl I’m thinking homemade queso dip and pizza pockets….now I just need a dessert. You can find me at

  3. Thank you for hosting :)

  4. Good Morning Julie; we are having quite the snow storm here on the Bruce Peninsula this morning. I am very busy today with stuff as well as it being my hubby’s birthday, so I am hoping to be back later sometime to check out some other’s blogs ! Enjoy your day …. “Just Me” Cindy

  5. Thanks a lot for hosting Julie! Have a good Thursday.

  6. yippee! thanks for hosting Julie! not much into football but i do wanna see Beyonce at half time-hope she sings ok-LOL

  7. Thanks so much for hosting! I’m looking forward to the blog hop!

  8. Hi, Julie! We are going to a SB party. Guy always throws a huge bash, so it should be a good time!

    Thanks for hosting! Have a great day!
    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations

  9. Hi Julie

    Hate to admit it but I have never watched the superbowl – I only moved over here recently, is that a good enough excuse? But should probably give it a go.

    Have a wonderful day.
    Kate x

  10. Happy Thursday Julie!! Thanks for hosting this party :)


  11. hey!!

    i just discovered your blog through the blog hop. you have amazing recepies here!!it comes so perfect for me because i’m always on the hunt of new things to cook or bake!
    thanks for co-hosting!

    Bea =)

  12. Thanks for hosting another great party! For the first time in years, I don’t have any plans:) I’m going to tune into the Puppy Bowl, lol, my 3 pugs love it! Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  13. Thanks for hosting this fun party!

    hugs x

  14. Thanks for hosting! This is a great way to connect with other new bloggers…

  15. Superbowl? We’ll be at a hockey rink!

    Thanks for hosting,

    ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
    (¸.·´ (¸.·`¤… Jennifer

  16. Thanks for hosting! We’re going to a super bowl party at our friends’ house. I’m a Ravens fan, so I’m super excited for the game!!!

  17. Hi Julie! This is my first time joining this link up! It’s always nice to make new bloggy friends! Thanks for hosting…following you now! Have a wonderful day!

    Michell @Prowess and Pearls

  18. Thanks for hosting Julie :)

  19. Thanks so much for hosting. We have only been blogging for about a month. So glad to find parties like this to link up with other bloggers.

  20. Thank you for the party. Have a great weekend. Found some new awesome blogs, thank you.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  21. Hi Julie!

    I’ve never been a part of a Blog Hop before, thank you for the introduction! I too would one day love to own my own bake shop/cafe one day! Hope you have the chance to have a look at my blog and let me know what you think!


  22. Well, I’m not a big football fan…but, we DID have a “SOUP-er Bowl” party at work on Thursday. We brought in a few varieties of soups and other snacks for lunch! Lots of fun!
    Thanks for the blog hop! I’m a new blogger and a new follower! Please stop by…and follow :) Thanks!
    LA :)

  23. Hey there Julie! I’m your newest follower!!! Thank you for introducing me to the party! I am a personal trainer/pilates instructor/mom turned blogger :) I’ve had the blog for a year now but am just now getting into the blogger community. I really need help networking and getting more followers! Thank you for your advice :) I grabbed your button and I have one on my site now as well.