Wednesday Words & Whimsy

October 25, 2023
Linkup Party for Bloggers

Hello Everyone,

I’m not very good at taking a break am I?  😂  Something happened while I was on a break that changed things. I’ll still have a good bloggy break over the Christmas/New Year period. 

What happened while I was on my wee bloggy break?

So what happened? Most bloggers out there who are familiar with my blog would also be familiar with Denyse Whelan’s blog ‘Denyse’s Words & Pics(I won’t link to it because it will all be gone by the time this post publishes) because I linked up a blog post to her linkup most weeks! You’d also now know that last week Denyse retired from blogging and as of 23 October her blog/website is no longer. Thankfully we can still keep in touch with Denyse as she’ll continue to be active on social media. She has also started writing at Substack (you can find her HERE) and will write there when she feels she’d like to. Denyse has been blogging since late 2010. I started blogging in September 2012 so she’s been a constant in the Aussie blogosphere for a long time and been a presence in the blogosphere for the entire time I’ve been blogging! She has been a much admired blogger, a true inspiration and friend to all, and will be missed. Whilst we’re all sad to see Denyse go, we also understand that change is inevitable in life. Our priorities, interests, and where we choose to put our energy change over time. We are humans, constantly evolving.

A new weekly link-up for bloggers!

With the departure of Denyse from the Aussie blogosphere also goes the very last weekly link up that was available to us – Wednesday Words & Pics (#WW&Pics). Her link up was every week on a Wednesday and you could link up a post on any subject. I personally like to blog once a week and enjoy having a community to connect with when I do, so I have decided to provide a new weekly link up to help bridge that gap.

I ran the idea by Denyse who was supportive no matter what I decided to do. I also consulted with some regular bloggers who would link up with Denyse’s linkup. They were positive and encouraging too, so voila – here I am with the very first of the new linkup which you might have guessed by now is called . . .

** WEDNESDAY WORDS & WHIMSY **

Linkup Party for Bloggers

 

Why did I decide on the name of Wednesday Words & Whimsy? 

Well …  firstly, I wanted to keep the name of the new linkup reminiscent of Denyse’s ‘Wednesday Words & Pics‘ as kind of a nod to her dedication and commitment to the blogging community & I wanted to stick to ‘W’ words to go with Wednesday!

WEDNESDAY because we will have the linkup and connect as a community every Wednesday!

WORDS is self explanatory as all of us bloggers enjoy crafting our words and sharing them, or we wouldn’t be bloggers!

&

WHIMSY because gosh do I love that word. I was told my art had a whimsical look about it and did you know that whimsy means so many wonderful things like:

  • playfully quaint or fanciful behaviour or humour
  • unusual, funny, and pleasant ideas or qualities
  • an odd or fanciful or capricious idea

… and I love authentic and interesting people with fanciful ideas and humour so whimsy just seemed perfect!

What are the rules for linkup?

It’s pretty much the same scenario as Denyse’s linkup. Here’s a wrap up below but if you ever need to see them again, I have a dedicated Wednesday Words & Whimsy page in my top menu where you can find it any time.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Anyone across the globe can join in.
  • You can link up a post (old or new) on any subject BUT anything too controversial (eg political or religious etc) may be removed. We want to keep this a fun and positive place for bloggers to connect and share.
  • You can link up just ONE POST from your blog per week.
  • The linkup will open at 6am every Wednesday (Australian Eastern Standard Time) and close at 6am every Friday (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
  • I will read and comment on all posts linked up. Note though that every second week on a Tues/Wed/Thurs I am over caring for my mother and as a result those weeks my ability to read and comment will be delayed a couple of days but all posts WILL be read and commented on.
  • It’s recommended that along with reading and commenting on the hosts post (mine) that you try and read and comment on at least two other posts that are linked up. It really helps to create a happy and fun sense of community where everyone feels heard and valued. Please don’t link and run!
  • Please feel free to use the above LOGO on your blog to indicate you link with the #WWWHIMSY linkup but please link it back to this page or the Write of the Middle home page.
  • Finally, please support the linkup so that it will thrive and continue as a source of community for bloggers to connect and share, and ENJOY!

What’s our new linkup’s hashtag?

The first logo I made (some of you might have seen it shared on Facebook HERE) had the hashtag as #WW&WH but I soon realised that it didn’t work with the ‘&’ as part of it. So, I have revised the logo and I’m much happier with our new working and permanent hashtag which is:

#WWWHIMSY

Be sure to use it and share it around so more bloggers learn about the new linkup and we can more easily find any posts that are linked to it!


It’s no secret the Aussie Blogosphere has dwindled. There’s not many bloggers left, but this blogger is wanting to keep a sense of community for those of us that ARE left and I know that there are others of us that feel the same. I don’t expect huge amounts of bloggers will link up but if we get a modest amount of bloggers linking up posts each week then we should be cool to carry on. Let’s give it a good ‘ol go!  I hope you will support it and enjoy it, and if you’re here to link up, WELCOME to the first inaugural #WWWHIMSY and THANK YOU!

Ciao for now,

Linkup Party for Bloggers

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34 Comments

  • Reply Debbie Harris October 25, 2023 at 6:45 am

    Thanks so much for doing this Min! Remember if you need any help just let me know. Looking forward to continuing to share on a Wednesday 🙂

    • Reply Min October 25, 2023 at 7:12 am

      Thank you Deb and thanks for linking up! I’m very happy to provide this linkup and I know that I have some great blogging buddies to call on it I need some help or support sometimes! xo

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee October 25, 2023 at 7:06 am

    Thank you so much for taking up the mantle. I’ve promoted on FB and Twitter. Hopefully you get a good turn out – but never fear if you don’t first time round. It can take awhile. Sing out if it needs a boost before next week.

    • Reply Min October 25, 2023 at 7:15 am

      Thanks so much for helping to promote it Lydia and thank you for linking up and supporting it! I’m not too worried about how many link up – it’s early days! #allwillbewell 🙂

      • Reply Jennifer Jones October 25, 2023 at 11:40 am

        Thanks so much Min for taking this on. Well done on stepping up to the challenge

        • Reply Min October 25, 2023 at 1:26 pm

          Hi Jennifer, it’s no problem. Thank you for linking up and supporting #WWWHIMSY ! xo

  • Reply Rena October 25, 2023 at 7:09 am

    I’m so glad to see the start of a new link-up. It seems that too many bloggers have forgotten how great they are for connecting to other bloggers and finding new readers. Thanks for taking this on.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

    • Reply Min October 25, 2023 at 7:17 am

      Hi Rena and welcome! It’s so nice to *virtually* meet you! Thank you for linking up and yes I agree that many have forgotten how wonderful linkups are for connections and more!

  • Reply Denyse Whelan October 25, 2023 at 7:11 am

    Big congratulations Min & those who support you & this new link up.
    It felt a bit strange last night knowing there was no post for me to write & link up to host… but It’s all ok! Time for change

    Your words here are very kind & gracious! Thanks for the shoutout to my Substack.

    May WWWhimsy be a wonderful Wednesday tradition containing on!

    Warm wishes
    Denyse

    • Reply Min October 25, 2023 at 7:19 am

      Hello Denyse – it’s so nice you’ve popped in to comment – thank you! I’m sure it felt real strange for you to not be posting today. I guess it will take some getting used to! Thank you for your support of #WWWHIMSY and for all your best wishes! Big hugs to you from me! xo

  • Reply Denyse Whelan October 25, 2023 at 7:12 am

    Continuing!

    • Reply Min October 25, 2023 at 7:20 am

      lol – I knew! xo

  • Reply Cathy October 25, 2023 at 7:12 am

    This was certainly a nice surprise- thanks Min. Wednesdays will continue to be fun. Cuppa tea anyone?
    Take care
    Cathy

    • Reply Min October 25, 2023 at 7:22 am

      My pleasure Cathy! Tea, coffee, champagne, snacks – it’s all *virtually* available to all! lol Thank you for supporting #WWWHIMSY & linking up!

  • Reply Sue from Women Living Well After 50 October 25, 2023 at 8:01 am

    Thanks Min for running with this. It is such a lovely way for us all to stay in touch.

    • Reply Min October 25, 2023 at 9:23 am

      My pleasure Sue and thank you to you for your support and for linking up today! xo

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au October 25, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Hi Min – I won’t be linking up at this stage, but I’ll still be popping in for a visit regularly. Lovely that you’re continuing to provide a place for link lovers (especially Aussie ones) to connect and to meet others each week. Long live the Aussie link party! x

    • Reply Min October 25, 2023 at 1:22 pm

      Hi Leanne – maybe we’ll see you linking up one day. Thanks so much for supporting the linkup by dropping by to comment with your kind words! xo

  • Reply Joanne Tracey October 25, 2023 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for stepping up!

    • Reply Min October 25, 2023 at 1:22 pm

      No problem. Thanks Jo!

  • Reply Cath O'Brien October 25, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    How fabulous Min!

    Now I need to remember how to do a link back and find some words to write!

    • Reply Min October 26, 2023 at 6:42 am

      Hi Cathy! It’s so good to see you here! I’m sure it will all come back to you before you know it, and I KNOW there are loads of words within you wanting to be written!

  • Reply Susanne October 25, 2023 at 10:21 pm

    How lovely that you are doing this, Min! I wasn’t too regular in Denyse’s link-up recently because my head has been in chaos. But after a relaxing holiday I hope to be able to join more frequently in the new link-up. At least I’d love to!

    • Reply Min October 26, 2023 at 6:47 am

      Hi Susanne, thank you! I hope your head is feeling more calm & peaceful soon. I look forward to when you link up with us in the near future! xo

  • Reply Joanne October 26, 2023 at 2:54 am

    Oh fun! Thanks for picking up where Denise left off. I saw Deb mention this link up on her blog and I had to come over and check it out.

    • Reply Min October 26, 2023 at 6:48 am

      Hi Joanne, its my pleasure and I’m so glad you popped over to visit ( thanks to Deb for bringing your attention to #WWWHIMSY ) !

  • Reply Natalie October 26, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    Congrats on your new linkup and a great start, Min! I took a break and just returned to blogging this week. I hope to join your linkup in the future.

    • Reply Min October 26, 2023 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Natalie, thank you and so good to hear from you! Good on you for taking a break. I look forward to seeing you link up in the near future and catching up on all your adventures!

  • Reply sherry October 26, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    good on you Min for doing this. Yes the blog world is going the way of the dinosaur as people tend to use YouTube etc. I’m afraid my blog posts aren’t really suitable for this link as I just cook :=) But good luck!

    • Reply Min October 26, 2023 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you Sherry! YouTube and Podcasts seem to be the thing. I’m a writer though – not a talker – so I guess I’m a bit of a dinosour! lol Your blog posts absolutely ARE suitable for this link Sherry! Posts on all topics are welcome here. Share your food creations with us whenever you’d like to! xo

      • Reply sherry October 26, 2023 at 7:21 pm

        okay I’ll look into it 🙂

  • Reply sherry October 27, 2023 at 11:38 am

    hi Min
    I tried to email you but it bounced! so here I am. Just saying that I didn’t realise the link closed at 6am!! a bit early for me 🙂 Will try again next week.
    cheers
    sherry and have a great weekend.

    • Reply Min October 27, 2023 at 4:33 pm

      Hi Sherry, my email is min@writeofthemiddle.com and I know it’s working so maybe you used the wrong email or had a typo in it? The linkup is open for 48 hours from when it opens on a Wednesday at 6am. It gives everyone across the globe time within their various timezones to link up within that time. I didn’t really think any Aussies would link up before 6am on the Friday! lol Aussies do have all day Wednesday and Thursday though. Hopefully you’ll be right to link up next week! Hope you have a great weekend too!

  • Reply sherry October 27, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    Righto cheers Sherry

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