Twinkly Tuesday [17/11/15} – an important read

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well and of course welcome to another week.

Before I begin on this week’s linky, I have some rather sad news to share with you all. My wonderful co-hosts Caro and Sadia will, from December, no longer be my co-hosts. Next week will be their last week. These two lovely ladies came to my rescue when this wonderful community was really taking off. For months they have been my sidekicks, running things when I’ve been away and working so hard to keep this being the wonderful linky that it is. Sadly, life for them has got so busy that they can no longer commit to such a big job.

This leaves me as your only host from 1st December. I mulled over the options that I had and whilst I could recruit another couple of co-hosts, I have decided that isn’t the route I am going to go down. You see, I am also struggling with the workload and so am seeing this as a bit of an opportunity to take a step back. To still run this linky, to still be your host but to do a little less. Currently, I have to read and comment on average, 40 posts per week, along with responding to all of the lovely comments on my own post. This on top of writing my blog posts, trying to keep my site up to date, wanting to join in with other wonderful linkies, being a mum and having a full time job. To say it has been stressing me out a bit is an understatement and that’s why it simply won’t work for me to just take on more hosts and why I have decided to go it alone.

Of course, by going it alone means that I have to make some changes to make the workload of it bearable.

So from next week the following changes will be coming into action:

***I will no longer be sending out reminder tweets on Tuesday mornings. Instead, you will receive a reminder email and that’s it.

***I can no longer comment on all of the posts that are linked up. You are such a wonderful bunch who mostly all stick to the rules of commenting on the post before yours. Whilst I won’t be able to completely police this, I do ask that if you haven’t had your post commented on – to let me know.

I will however still be:

***Retweeting all of your tweets that you copy me into

***Choosing a Tuesday Twinkler. Ok, so I know I won’t be reading all of the posts but there are often ones that stand out among the crowds.

***If you are linking up for the first time, do let me know so that I can add you to my reminder email list.

I truly hope that you understand my reasons for doing this and I truly hope that you as a part of this wonderful community, continues to help it be as successful as it is – simply by linking up just the one post, and commenting on as many others as you can – including the one directly before yours. If I can ask you to play your part as I play mine, then hopefully it will continue to run as wonderfully as it is.

I am sure you will all join me in thanking the brilliant Caro and Sadia who have been so wonderful. I have told them they absolutely must continue to link up with us! Their last week of hosting will be 24th November.

Onto this week's link up and we have the last of the three Twinklers this week. If you are one of them then don't forget to go grab your special badge! Your posts will also be featured on the Tuesday Twinklers Pinterest board.

My Tuesday Twinkler is from Dancing Dandelions who wrote a great post about why you ladies shouldn't be scared of having a smear test. I myself had to have treatment to remove abnormal cells so I am always keen to spread awareness like this.

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Caro's Tuesday Twinkler is from our lovely Sadia at How Do You Do It Blog, who linked up a revised version of a post she wrote when her now 6 year old twins were toddlers when she was asked “how do you do it”?

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Sadia's Tuesday Twinkler is from Chirpy Chatterbox who linked up a fab guest post from a pediatric speech-language pathologist talking about Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

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Do go check them out if you haven't already 🙂

Now onto this week's linky. You can find all details about Twinkly Tuesday here. Remember our new rules below (go see if you can't remember or are new!).

Be sure to mention me, @mummascribbles, Caro, @twinklediaries and/or @hdydi over on Twitter and use the hashtag #TwinklyTuesday and we'll be sure to retweet them all! We'll also visit everyone's posts and leave comments between us.

I have had to stop posting all your posts on the Pinterest board now because it was so time consuming I couldn't cope! If you want to pop them on there yourself, feel free to do so. Just drop an email to mummascribbles@hotmail.com or tweet me your email address and I'll add you to the board. No more than one post per week please 🙂

Each week, we will each pick a favourite post which will be featured on the following weeks Twinkle page!

We've noticed that a few people have been linking and running — without bothering to comment on anyone else's posts — which is a real shame. In order for the linky to work, please be generous with your comments! And please also add the Twinkly Tuesday badge to the bottom of your posts.

Please put the effort in, so it's fair to those who always do. We will be removing repeat offenders from now on.

  • You can link up to one post per week, old or new.
  • Please be kind enough to add the Twinkly Tuesday badge to the bottom of your post/s – if you don't know how to do this, you simply need to copy the code below the badge and paste it into your html version of your post. If you have any trouble, get in touch and we can help you out.
  • Please comment on at least two other posts including the one directly before yours and if you have time, as many others as you can and please do check the hosts posts out too – we like some blog love too!
  • Please use #TwinklyTuesday in your comments so people know where you found them!
  • By linking up, you give us permission to use images from your blog if featured. You also allow us to add you to a mailing list to receive a weekly announcement when Twinkly Tuesday opens.
  • The linky will close at 23.55 on Tuesday.

Above all, we really want you to enjoy this linky and I really look forward to reading all of your amazing posts.

Mummascribbles

 

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38 Comments

  1. November 17, 2015 / 6:29 am

    I can completely understand the changes you have to make to keep the linky going. It's blooming hard running a blog and working and looking after all the other things which go with running a blog xx

    • November 17, 2015 / 8:17 am

      Thanks so much for the positive support. Fingers crossed the wonderful community keeps being wonderful 🙂 xx

  2. November 17, 2015 / 6:45 am

    Linkies can be hard work! Yours is so popular too! Totally understand the situation and stress it must bring. Keep up the good work, shame you have to go it alone – I'm sure there are other bloggers on here that would love to get involved and help xx

    • November 17, 2015 / 8:16 am

      I have no doubt that if I’d gone out to everyone there would have been some loveky people coming forward. The problem is a) it wouldn’t have helped me and b) I’m not sure I’d want to put the amount of work involved onto someone else. Fingers crossed this will work. I know I can always get people on board if it comes to it 🙂 Thanks for the positive support 🙂

    • November 17, 2015 / 8:13 am

      Thanks so much – I sure hope so 🙂

  3. November 17, 2015 / 7:25 am

    It is so understandable that changes need to be made – I'm always amazed at how people work, run their own blogs, take care of their kids, do linkies – it's so much work! Glad this linky will still be around as it is one of my faves to participate in!

    • November 17, 2015 / 8:09 am

      Fab 🙂 so glad to hear you’ll be sticking around. When it started I had no idea how huge it would become. It’s definitely the right decision for all involved and hopefully it will have no effect on the linky itself. So glad you’ll be sticking around 🙂 Thanks for the support 🙂

  4. November 17, 2015 / 7:41 am

    Thank you all for hosting #TwinklyTuesday and doing such an amazing job.  Those changes are completely understandable – running a linky takes a huge amount of work especially when doing it on your own and it makes sense to cut back where you can. 

    • November 17, 2015 / 8:07 am

      Thanks so much Louise. I absolutely love the community we have created and want it to remain – there’s just only so much I can do even with co-hosts in place! I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders knowing I’ll have less to do! xxx

  5. November 17, 2015 / 8:27 am

    Thank you for hosting, it does seem like a lot of work! This is only my second twinklytuesday but i really enjoy them so can you add me to the email list please 🙂

    • November 17, 2015 / 9:08 am

      Absolutely – I’ll make sure I pop you on 🙂 lovely to hear that you are enjoying it 🙂

  6. November 17, 2015 / 8:38 am

    It really is such a huge effort…thanks so much for all of those chirpy replies and encouragement along the way. Also a big thanks to Caro & Sadia. One of my first ever linkies; I will be back!

    • November 17, 2015 / 9:13 am

      Fab news – I’m hoping it will continue pretty much as is 🙂 xx

    • November 17, 2015 / 9:14 am

      Thanks so much – I really hope so 🙂 xx

  7. November 17, 2015 / 8:57 am

    Oh it must be so much hard work! You are doing a great job though. Thank you hosting xx

    • November 17, 2015 / 9:16 am

      Thanks so much – hopefully it will continue to be fab 🙂 xx

  8. November 17, 2015 / 9:12 am

    Noooo! The 3 amigos! That is such sad news…totally understandable about the changes hope you will be able to manage it by yourself lovely xx

    • November 17, 2015 / 9:19 am

      Thanks so much lovely. I said to caro yesterday that it feels like he end of an era! Fingers crossed it all works out 🙂

  9. November 17, 2015 / 9:19 am

    Ahhh thanks for sharing 🙂 Linky's can be hard work so I do understand. You've built up such a popualr one here, and so well done…and hope it contunies to be a success 🙂 Jess xx

     

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    • November 17, 2015 / 9:20 am

      Thanks so much lovely. Fingers crossed it carries on as a wonderful little linky 🙂 xx

  10. November 17, 2015 / 9:34 am

    Running a linky looks like such a lot of hard work. You have all done a fab job and you should be so proud of what it has turned into!! Your changes are totally understandable! xxx

    • November 19, 2015 / 6:28 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 hopefully it’ll be just the same 🙂 xx

  11. November 17, 2015 / 9:38 am

    Linkys are such hard work, I learned that myself. I was running two linkys – neither half as big as twinkly tuesday but things just added up time wise & I ended up not having time to write. Your new system is what you have to do or else stop the linky & I'm sure everyone would love to see it continue. x

    • November 19, 2015 / 6:29 pm

      Oh completely! I wouldn’t stop it, I love it and so do so many. I would hate for it to end. This way I should be able to have everything under control 🙂

  12. November 17, 2015 / 9:48 am

    I think the changes are totally understandable. I'm just so glad it is continuing and very grateful of your hard work in hosting every week and making this the popular linky it has become!

    Thanks also for making me your Tuesday Twinkler this week. Hopefully it'll help spread a bit more awareness xx

    • November 19, 2015 / 6:31 pm

      Aww thank you so much 🙂 it means a lot to read how much people love it 🙂 and you are so welcome, it’s just not got awareness until something bad happens!

  13. November 17, 2015 / 11:22 am

    Sad to see you all go, but totally understand it's hard work! I just want to thank you all for hodling such a wonderful linky! It's such a nice community. 🙂 I'm glad you will still host it so it doesn't go away. 🙂 

    • November 19, 2015 / 6:33 pm

      I couldn’t bare to see it go away! It’s my baby haha! I hope it continues to be just as wonderful. Everyone had been so supportive I truly think it will 🙂

  14. November 17, 2015 / 3:38 pm

    Thanks for all of your hard work and efforts! Sure do apprecaite you and your encouragement!

    We completely understand how life gets busy and things will change.

    Praying you will be encoruaged today and will know how you need to proceed in the days and weeks to come.

    Hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie

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    • November 19, 2015 / 6:47 pm

      I am definitely encouraged – the response has been fab and people are just glad it’s still running 🙂 Thank you 🙂

  15. November 17, 2015 / 5:38 pm

    I completely understand needing to take a step back.  Blogging is so much work, without adding in running a linky!  Thank you so much for all of the work ou put into it, I really appreciate it 🙂

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    • November 19, 2015 / 6:48 pm

      You are very welcome. I’m glad I can keep it running for you all 🙂

  16. November 17, 2015 / 10:50 pm

    Sorry to hear that we are losing Caro and Sadia 🙁 Good luck going it alone! I can completely understand why you will have to reduce the amount of posts you comment on, it can get a bit overwhelming at times!

    Debbie

    • November 19, 2015 / 6:57 pm

      Definitely. They will be hugely missed I know – especially by me!
      Hopefully it will carry on just as wonderfully.

  17. November 18, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    Well I have no idea how you do it!! You're wonder woman! I find it hard to reply to comments and write one measly post a week as well as read and comment on others, work long hours and raise two kids. You're doing all of this AND running an amazing linky. Wowsers!

    You're ace! And if you can trim down the workload a bit and have some well deserved wine drinking time then that I think that's the best way to go! Xx

    • November 19, 2015 / 7:02 pm

      Haha yes drinking time is all important. Friday night I was drinking wine and reading all the posts! I’m a great multitasker! Hopefully it will continue to be the fab linky that it is!

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