Pieces of Me

I Blog on Tuesdays

IBOT is the acronym for – I Blog on Tuesdays

Before this blog existed (even in my head), I felt like the mechanical turning of the routine was reinforcing my boredom. Then, on an ordinary Friday at work, I made the choice to follow my passion. I decided to write. Instantly, something changed. I was inspired, motivated, excited, overwhelmed. I wrote for a whole year before I published my first post. It took me that long to find the confidence to allow the whole wide world to read my words.

One of the comments on my very first post was from one of my favourite bloggers. Once I stopped gushing and recovered from my complete fan girl moment, I took her advice: “link up with Jess for IBOT.” The very next Tuesday I linked up my first IBOT post, and continued to do so every Tuesday after that. Very quickly, people were actually reading my words and connecting with my stories. I was discovering new blogs and people were discovering always Josefa.

Tuesdays began to fill with excitement. I would always have a new post ready. Link up bright and early. Then indulge in new posts to read. While my own inbox pinged with emails notifying me of comments left on my own post. I loved Tuesdays.

The number of linked posts to IBOT grows each week, so to make sure everyone has their post read and comments left, Jess has enlisted the help of team IBOT. Team IBOT read, comment and share posts every Tuesday and this year I am a member of the team! I am still struggling to find the words to explain what that means to me.

Every Tuesday, I fall into the world of words and magic that each linked post brings. IBOT magic is all about hard work and dedication, not just traffic and post comments. IBOT deserves respect. That we bloggers play by the rules. Good karma is easy to come by if we do.

IBOT

IBOT for #teamIBOT
# comment on allocated IBOT posts signing off as #team IBOT
# encourage new bloggers to come and share in the IBOT community
# respect the rules of IBOT and encourage others to do the same

IBOT

IBOT for #bloggers
# link up to IBOT with a new post published on Tuesday
# link back to Jess and IBOT in your post or sidebar
# comment on IBOT posts you read – pick a number of posts and stick to it

IBOT

IBOT for #readers
# if your favourite bloggers links to IBOT read their post
# click their link to Jess and read other IBOT posts
# find new blogs, new words, new magic to enjoy

Every Tuesday, posts are linked and more words are written. I am among a writing community that feels like home.

Do you link up to IBOT? Do you play by the rules?

  • Catherine RodieBlagg

    I remember the first time I linked up and how I instantly felt like I was part of something. Jess and team IBOT do a great job of creating that scene of community. I always recommend it to new bloggers, I honestly don’t think my blog would have grown so fast on its own.

  • IBOT is such a supportive community. The first IBOT post I wrote was the first time I received more than one comment. Congratulations. X

  • LydiaCLee

    Hear, hear!!

  • Leanne Shea Langdown

    I do IBOT. It’s a great linky. I am not sure I follow all the rules though. I keep forgetting to acknowledge IBOT by putting an IBOT link on my post. I blog every day … so Tuesday is just another bloggy day for me. I get up at dawn and I blog. Every day.So to say “I blog on Tuesday’s” in my side bar feels funny to me coz I blog on Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, Thursday’s, Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s! Well, You get the drift. I do make sure I spend ten minutes reading though… and commenting. So yeah, I follow some of the rules, but not all of them I’m afraid.
    Happy IBOT!
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

  • Great post Josefa! IBOT is something else! Outside of what can be a cliquey (?) catty interwebs, IBOT is always supportive and encouraging. I love reading new blogs and getting comments. Tuesdays are always my biggest traffic days and biggest comment days (leaving and getting!). Very excited to be on Team IBOT with you, too. x Aroha

  • Lyndal

    IBOT is pretty awesome – I am sure that without it some weeks I wouldn’t have the motivation to blog 🙂
    #teamIBOT

  • Alicia O’Brien

    Congrats on your Team IBOT appointment. I love IBOT, there is just something about it, it’s special, and it is a credit to Jess for what she has made it.

  • Azara

    This is my second time linking up with IBOT. I linked up late the first time in a sleep deprivation haze (I thought it was Tuesday, but it was Wednesday), and when I went to link up last week, I discovered the linky had been open for nearly a day already (I’m in Canada, so this linky opens Monday afternoon for me). I finally made it on time this week and am hopping around reading lots of new blogs.

  • Renée Harwood

    Loooooove #IBOT – I’ve been blogging for 3 years and it’s the one linky I have stuck with. Now my blogging has slipped back to 1 post a week, my blogging day is Tuesday of course! #teamIBOT rock x

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    IBOT is awesome. The idea of team IBOT was an inspired one and has built an amazingly supportive and engaged community. It is one of my favourite linkups each week and it’s the first one I suggest to new bloggers to get involved with the blogosphere. Enjoy your time with team IBOT Josefa!

  • Rita

    IBOT is just amazing and I’m so grateful for it! I usually comment on 20 posts each Tuesday. Congrats on being on Team IBOT Josefa.

  • bodyandfeetretreat

    I don’t blog that often but I have started to make sure I blog on Tuesday because I do like the community and the blogs that link in for #IBOT.

    I try to get to as many posts as I can although some weeks I only manage about 10-12 before having to say goodbye – if I can I try to get back there later in the week but that doesn’t always happen either !!!
    Have a great week !
    Me

  • Rhianna

    IBOT is truly fantastic isn’t it? Like everyone has already said I don’t know where I would be without the community and interaction that comes with Tuesday blogging. I am honoured to be a member of #teamIBOT
    Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses for a fantastic Tuesday

  • BossyMummy

    I love IBOT – even while I am on a blogsy break, it’s the one day I sit down and take time to read blogs. And it’s great as most aren’t in my reader, so I come across so many new writers. And I love being a member of #teamibot 🙂

  • Just started linking up to IBOT, we love reading new posts and exploring their blogs. Commenting is a lovely little surprise at the end of the post to know that your post and effort meant something to someone.

  • Rebecca Thompson

    IBOT has been the turning point for my blog. I appreciate each and every comment and have found some incredible blogs as I scout through as many posts as I can. I have not missed a week since I started 🙂
    Becc

  • B

    This is great Josepha – I love it!

    I love Tuesdays too! I often found Tuesdays hard to find something to write about, but now I plan ahead and make sure I have something ready to roll out.

    I am loving meeting new bloggers and being on #teamIBOT with you is ace.

  • Emily

    Yep I link up and play by the rules, I usually read ALL and make a comment on ALL, which is quite a feat. I totally LOVE this day, such a fun and interesting day of the week! Emily @ Have a laugh on me 🙂

    • Jenn {mountains and musings}

      you’re a machine Emily! xx

  • A great post, it is really hard bto know the rules when you first start out. I also think it is good to comment back on anyone who has made the effort to comment on your blog 🙂

  • Love this Josefa, and I love your passion. It’s so evident and beautiful in everything you do.
    And I love Gemma too. She’s gorgeous

  • Declutterbug

    I need someone to tell me how to get the badges… IBOT etc in my sidebar, I have tried but can’t get it to work…. I always feel a tinge of embarrassment when I IBOT because it isn’t there! :/

    • I am the least technical person and I can still manage it – I run my blog from wordpress – so I guess it depends what you run your blog from? You can send me an email and I am more than happy to share how to do it from wordpress xx

    • Deb @ home life simplified

      don’t be embarrassed – if you don’t use a button you just link to jess’ blog or put the html code in yoru post rather than your sidebar.

  • Ai Sakura

    I love IBOT and the community it creates. Great post!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  • IBOT was one of the first linkys I discovered and I love it too. It is such a supportive and encouraging little community. I’m been surprised that each and every week I seem to find new blogs there. I don’t know how you’d ever get through every linked post on any given Tuesday, there are so many!

  • I’m a sometimes linker with IBOT as I blog so sporadically, really must get more organised! I do love visiting those that have linked up and try to comment as much as time allows. Great post for getting the rules and etiquette out there 🙂

  • Deb @ home life simplified

    I almost always link up with IBOT. I admit the 2nd half of last year got crazy for me and i did not visit as many blogs as i would have liked so i vowed back in december to start picking certain rows or a target number of blogs and this year i am adding in “find at least one blog i have not heard of” – i missed that part of blogging

    Deb @ home life simplified

  • Annaleis

    I love that there is such a variety on Tuesdays and that I can head back all week and read if I have time. Lovely post

  • I love IBOT, it’s the first blog linky I ever joined and is still my favourite 🙂

  • Carly

    I love IBOT, also discovered thanks to a wise blogger who suggested I try it.
    The time zone is difficult, unless I am up very late I am usally a late linker the next morning. I love reding the posts, most weeks I read ten plus, but some weeks it takes me a few days to get through my reading.
    I quite often find myself browsing back through the weeks IBOT posts when I get a spare moment, seeking out new and exciting blogs to read.

  • Francesca Writes Here

    I love ibot. Sometimes I struggle to comment straight away, as I work Tuesdays & Wednesdays, but I always find it so interesting reading and stumbling upon new blogs each week (and old favourites too!)

  • Yellow_Dandy

    Agree, agree!! IBOT is awesome, definitely makes you feel like you are part of a community, and is so great for getting your blog ‘out there’ and discovering others and making blogging buds!!

  • Pip Macdonald

    Go teamIBOT ! Love the supportive community it creates . Doing a fab job! Xx

  • Sophie Allen

    Great post! Love it.. and I love IBOT. It really brought me out of my blogging bubble, and I love how the IBOT community is growing every week.

  • Twitchy Corner

    You know, I don’t even remember when I started linking up here- but it’s been great. I do find it harder to post, let alone read as many posts as I’d like during school holidays though, so I look forward to soon having the freedom to really get stuck into getting to know other linkers more. I’m so pleased to be on #teamIBOT this year- I promised myself I’d say yes to more things and take more risks and with this- bam!- I was rewarded 🙂 I’m especially happy for you Josefa, that you are part of this team now too xx

  • Jenn {mountains and musings}

    I love IBOT too but sometimes cannot commit the time that week to read posts, so don’t link up. I always try to read and comment on at least five posts when I do link up.

  • IBOT is fantastic! Such a supportive community and wonderful blogs to read. x

  • I have just discovered your blog through IBOT and I am so glad I did! I’ve only recently decided to take the final leap of faith and actually start writing, rather than letting my fears hold me back. I’m already so much more motivated and creative and ALIVE that I couldn’t stop now even if I wanted to. Your stories and the the gorgeous blog you have created are both inspiration and confirmation that anything is possible once you make the decision to start. I’ll be adding my first link to IBOT next week and I’ll also be making sure I don’t miss any more of your posts in the future 🙂

    • Oh thank you so much! I will look out for you over on IBOT next Tuesday – I’m so glad you are coming along to join everyone – it is such a great community to get involved in xx

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