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Knitting And Crochet Blog Week – Italian Translation

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week is launched tomorrow and there is still plenty of time to take part, and if you are an Italian language blogger then I have very good news, the introuduction and instructions, blogging topics and post tag instructions have all been […]

Wedding Things Are Being Made

Wedding Things Are Being Made

Apart from the upcoming Knitting And Crochet Blog Week extravaganza, this blog is likely to be a little quieter than usual over the coming weeks, as in ten weeks’ time I will be a married woman: a Mrs Awesome, and there are a lot of […]

Post Tags for the 5th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, 2014

Post Tags for the 5th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, 2014

Below you will find the post tags for Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2014. As usual, this part of Blog Week deserves a post of its own because it is always the part that raises the most questions. Those of you who have blogged along in past years will understand how and why these are a fantastic thing already, but for new participants this year and for anyone who needs a refresher, read on…
Blog tags have been part of Knitting And Crochet Blog Week since the first outing in 2010 and have proven to be a fantastic way of discovering new blogs and getting your blog discovered.
They work by creating a string of characters that have never before been used on the internet. The word ‘yarn’, for example, yields about 652,000,000 results when used to perform a google search. The string of characters ‘y12a23r34n45′ however, yields none (though it should actually link back to this page once this page has been indexed by Google) – and that is precisely how the Post Tags work.
I have created eight strings of characters (which we shall call ‘post tags’) that have never been used before on the internet. Each tag related to a different blogging topic for Knitting and Crochet blog week. You can see these tags below:
knitting and crochet blog week

Please note that I have very specifically published these tags in the form of an image rather than typed them onto my page, as otherwise these would then be indexed by Google and make the whole exercise pointless. For this reason I ask you to do the same thing. If you would like to display the post tags on your site before Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, please feel free to use the above graphic, but do not type the codes directly onto your blog posts.

When And How To Use The Post Tags
On the day that you write your first blog post for Knitting And Crochet Blog Week, use the appropriate  post tag in your post. You can put this tag either somewhere in your post (usually at the beginning or end) or you can add it using the post tags feature if your blog has one (called ‘labels’ in Blogger). Make sure that you are using the correct post tag for that day’s topic.
 Why Post Tags Are Great

Using these post tags is a fantastic way to find new blogs and gain new readership. For people who enjoy reading blogs all they have to do is enter that day’s post tag into a search engine such as Google and it will display a long list of all the posts that have included that post tag (as an example, here is a Google search for one of the blog tags used last year). For bloggers it has the additional benefit of bringing your blog posts to a new audience of bloggers and readers who are using the post tags to search for what other bloggers are writing about and so helps to build new readership.

Do I Have to Use The Post Tags?
Not at all, they are just a fun and handy extra tool, and an idea that has proved very popular over the past few years. If they are not for you, however, feel free to ignore them.

OK, that hopefully answers most questions about the blog tags. Agin, one thing I do ask is that nobody uses them on their blogs before Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, and if anybody does want to share the Post Tag information on their site (either for translation purposes or just to spread the word) that they please do so by using the graphic above).

I have had a few questions about Knitting & Crochet Blog Week over the last few days. Let me quickly use this opportunity to answer a few of those…

How Do People Find My Blog? How Do I Find Other Bloggers Taking Part In Knitting & Crochet Blog Week? Is There A Central Index Of All Blogs Taking Part?
Hopefully the post above answers most of these. There is no central index as it makes the blog week appealing to spammers wanting to push their dodgy wares. However, if you use the post tags above Google (or a search engine of your choice) becomes your index.

I Wish I Could Take Part, But I Blog In Dutch/French/Mandarin!
Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is an international event and all are free to join. We often have a very healthy French language participation. Some people blog only in French and some in dual languages, and I discovered a few very cool and inspiring Norwegian blogs through last year’s event. It doesn’t matter what language your blog in. If you join in then hopefully it will encourage more blogs of the same language to join in next year.  If anyone has made a translation of the blogging topics on their blog please let me know so that I can link to it and encourage bloggers from all corners of the globe. It only took one French Blogger a few years ago and now Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is much looked forward to by many French Bloggers. You could be the next ambassador!

Topics Announced for the 5th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, 2014.

Topics Announced for the 5th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, 2014.

These are the post topics for the 5th Annual Knitting And Crochet Blog Week. This year we will have a great time focusing on finding creative and inventive ways to enjoy writing fresh content for knitting And Crochet Blogs and also explore a few ways […]

Launch Of The 5th Annual Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2014!

Launch Of The 5th Annual Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2014!

This post officially marks the launch of Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2014, the 5th outing of this annual celebration of fibre arts and the blogs that share the love of and promote them. Today is a brief but (hopefully) comprehensive overview of what Knitting […]

4KCBWDAY7 Looking Forward

4KCBWDAY7 Looking Forward

4kcbwday7 Looking Forward One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?

As today is the final day of this year’s Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, my looking forward today is not only about my knitting and crochet but also about blog week itself.

This year’s blog week seemed to go smoothly and with minimal confusion, but with so much inspiring output. I have genuinely enjoyed being able to read all of the blog posts (my favourite day this year perhaps being the infographics challenge, where knitters and crocheters showed their wit and ingenuity with amazing results). It has certainly been a challenge for me to run, especially as I was brought down with a nasty bout of Scarlet Fever on the very first day of the blog week, and so even reading some of the wonderful posts has been a challenge from my sick bed, but I am on the path to recovery now and still have plenty of reading to do.

So, looking forward means looking towards next year. Every year I hope that Knitting & Crochet Blog Week will be bigger and better than the year before, because the more participants we have, the more we grow as a community and an event. I hope that as well as the bloggers that participated en français this year that next year someone will be kind enough to translate the guide to blog week into a third and fourth language and spread the word to knitting/crochet blogging communities in other languages.

So, to wrap up this year, I would like to say thank you to everyone who took part. Also to congratulate all bloggers who managed between one and seven posts this week. Keep an eye out for the posts tagged 4KCBWEC to discover those bloggers who made a marvellous job of actually making their mascot project (relatedly, if you haven’t seen it, I have made one of my patterns free to download for everyone who has participated in blog week but it is a limited time offer, so download soon!)

Keep in touch and drop by Eskimimi Makes to say hi from time to time and to keep up with latest news about the annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week.

Happy Blogging!