FYBF – To the Power of Four

They say it takes a village to raise a child.  They forgot to mention that it takes the strength of the FYBF community to see its linky grow.

According to Mr WordPress, this will be the 26th FYBF hosted by yours truly since taking over from the ever glowing Glowless back in May.

And the inklinz Gods have graciously let me know that preceding last week’s 91 links, FYBF reached an astounding 94.


But hey, it isn’t about the numbers.

Last week, I received a message from a fellow blogger, who wrote:

“Confession: I WANT to truly love and embrace the FYBF thing, but I put in a lot of effort when I link up and get barely a hit out of it!”

While keeping her anonymous, I will mention that I met her over a year ago now on FYBF, long before it was ever housed here.  I’ve been grateful ever since.

Maybe I might’ve met her later in my blogging journey but I guess fate didn’t want to delay our friendship.

Obviously, her message made me sad but I also started to wonder if FYBF was sticking to its purpose of connectedness, communication and community.

Sure, I can host this party every week, provide a place for everyone to meet and catch up.  Introducing Featured Floggers is oodles of fun. And of course, I do my hardest to drop by every post.


It’s also up to the rest of the FYBF community to clinch the deal.

So, here’s what I propose.  Besides reciprocating a visit to the blogs of those who have left a comment for you, how about getting to know your neighbours too?

Whatever spot you find yourself on FYBF for the week, can I ask you to drop by the four other blogs that happen to be linking up in the same row as you?

Let’s call it “To the Power of Four”.

The law of blog reading averages tell me that to get through a post and (assuming you’ve dodged the perils of Captcha Word Verification) leave a comment,  it will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes.

So, to read 4 posts, we’re looking at a maximum of 40 minutes.

Doable, yes?

I’m completely chuffed that this little community of ours is thriving.

But numbers are only numbers if mutual comment love isn’t there.

P.S If your post happens to be a very late entry and the row is incomplete, then just pick any random post to read and comment. Just remember the magic number is four.

P.P.S  The Delectable Pear by Mumabulous was a post I picked for no other reason than I think she’s fabulous.  But I think you’re all fabulous.


 1. Follow With Some Grace.

2. Sign up to the awesome Digital Parents community ( if you haven’t already done so). DP was created by Brenda Gaddi who happens to be the creator of FYBF. She’s also created 4 gorgeous kidlets. In case you’d like to know. Or maybe not. But we’ll share that info just the same.

3. Add your post URL to the linky. Please only link up one post.

4. Grab the funky FYBF button and post it on your sidebar. Help spread the blogfloggin love.

5. Visit the blogs of your fellow FYBF’ers and share the comment love.

6. Share some more comment love. It’s proven to make your wrinkles disappear…overnight. #truth

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  1. says

    Great message Grace, and such an easy gesture to visit the four in your row. I think most people join link parties with good intentions, but a few maybe miss the true purpose.
    Personally I think it is a win win situation. I gain new visitors but I also get to discover new blogs and build new relationships.
    Now I am off to bed and will be visiting FYBF links in the morning (it’s still Thursday here and I really should of been asleep hours ago).
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  2. says

    Grace, thanks so much for putting Mumabulous in the big red circle. I do appreciate the plug! I’m all about spreading the love through our blogging community and am more than happy to embrace the power of four concept. I notice I have some very cool FYBF neighbours to check out today.
    All the very best.
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    • mamagrace71 says

      Welcome, Rebecca! Hope you have fun. Will head on over to your FB page and return the Like. Have a great day! x

  3. says

    definitely a great idea! i always try to get around to those blogs I already follow, + 2 new ones. everyone loves to feel loved, and I know IBOT , Thankful Thursday and FYBF always boost my hits and comments. Thanks for hosting, and love the Power of 4 suggestion!
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  4. says

    Great idea Grace. I also like it because sometimes I choose which ones to read because of the picture or the title…but I think it is better not to as it is a bit like judging a book by its cover…and you may be missing our on some great new finds!

  5. says

    Great idea Grace. I really appreciate that you always take the time to visit – you are one dedicated woman – 90+ linkups last week!!!! Do you sleep!? I tend to dip in and jump around to visit, but I’ll take a more ‘linear’ approach this week to discover some new blogs.
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  6. says

    I’m so sorry to hear that someone may have felt left out of the love-fest. I always read as many as I can of the FYBF posts, but that’s never every single one. It’s actually one of the hardest parts of being a blogger I reckon, is that I get notifications all week about other people’s amazing writing and I never feel I have enough time to read everything I’d like to. Anyway, here’s cheers to being good neighbours! I have already discovered some awesome blogs through FYBF – many more to come I’m sure :)
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  7. says

    That is a great idea. My usual method is sharing the comment love with people who’ve commented on me, checking out the regular blogs I read/comment on, and then any others that catch my eye or appeal to my stage of parenting. There are quite a few bloggers I’ve given up on because they never reciprocate – which, outside of a link-up I don’t mind, but I do kind of think that’s what link-ups are about! I think this new guideline will be a great shake-up. By the way, you have superhuman powers to get through 94 posts!!!!!
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  8. says

    To the power of four is a genius idea! I normally will try and comment on those links directly either side of me and then pick a few more from the board. I’ll definitely be taking on the four method from now on :)
    Hope you have a lovely weekend xo
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  9. says

    Great idea Grace. A really concrete way to share some love.
    Also, I’ve been a bit cheeky and linked my new site even though its still not open till this arvo. I’m just so excited and wanted to play!
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  10. says

    Great idea about the power of four. I must say I have noticed that my FYBF post have not been getting what they did when you first took it on, much like my experience from it’s previous owner actually. Mind you I have also noticed that the more posts I read the more visits I get. Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses lovely

  11. says

    Great idea Grace. I find that I lose count sometimes of how many I’ve visited because I tend to read in between baby naps but I usually get some lovely comments. I’ve noticed a big drop in the amount of comments now since I first started which always makes me worry about the content that I’m writing but no matter how many, they are always very welcome :)
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  12. says

    Grace, that’s a great idea. With so many linkers now, sometimes it’s hard to get time to read all of them, but I’m really enjoying finding new blogs through yours and other link-ups and checking in on them when I can :-)
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  13. says

    Gracie, this is a great way to encourage more love and not overwhelm us. I don’t link up that often because I don’t have the time to comment on heaps and heaps of posts. Four, however is totally doable and then you can still have a bit of time to visit the ones that really interest you too. Love it. Perhaps you could also suggest hitting each blog too ( it would only take 5 minutes extra). So, you don’t have to comment but you can just give each blog a hit. This could make me stay on the blog anyway if someone had written a really compelling title…
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  14. says

    What a good idea, a manageable idea. I’ve been not doing linkies for a while because I was finding it hard to visit others and feel its not fair to link without visiting around. All my efforts were going into writing posts for my own two blogs… I do love content creation best. But I need to be more sociable and these linkies are a great way to meet new pals and re-visit old ones.

    I would LOVE to have a natter on the phone sometime or a coffee to chat blogging with you. Am about to have a two week digitald etox and would like to be more organised and clear when we kick off again. Fancy a natter?
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  15. says

    Great message Grace. I always try to get through as many posts as I can and make a comment. Yes, some weeks are better than others, but I think my minimum hit was 10, so I am not doing too badly.
    I hope everyone can put that 40 minutes aside to keep the community alive – love your work!
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  16. says

    That is a great I dea Grace. I’ll get my reading done after I clean the house which I said I was going to do after I dropped the kids off at school but im still sitting here at 11am. Opps. I also every week try to read extra starting from the bottom up cause i know the bottom people don’t get as much love as the top ones.
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  17. says

    I think the power of four is a wonderful idea! Visit and comment on at least four I will! I always do visit & comment on around that many, or more – depending on the time I have. I usually choose by the topic – the picture does not come into it – though I guess I should be a bit more random about which one’s I read. I love #FYBF – thank you Grace – you are amazing! Off now to start reading. xo
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  18. says

    You know me.. I love spreading the commenting love!! I do believe it is a big part of blogging – especially if you are just starting out.. the way to promote your blog is by reading and commenting on other peoples blogs! :) I do feel sometimes I give alot of comments only to get one or two back.. but thats ok.. because people are busy and life gets in the way… sometimes though it would be nice to acknowledge those who comment on your blog by visiting theirs! :)

    Happy Friday and have a fabulous weekend! xx
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  19. says

    Excellent idea, and also thanks to the person who brought this issue to your attention. Last week, I commented on about 10 blogs and at least half returned the favour , but I was overwhelmed at the thought of visiting them all!! So keeping to 4 makes it not such a daunting prospect.

    I also added on comments, that I found them via this FYBF, so they knew that where I had come from as additional support for this concept.
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  20. says

    Great idea – am going to go and change my post to link in for today. Generally on a Friday (whether I link up or not) I hop around to as many as I can and have a read and comment.
    Have the best weekend !
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  21. says

    Fantastic idea Grace!! Sometimes I post my link in the morning then get busy with kids and stuff and then fret all day that I haven’t had a chance to go check out the other blogs! Rest assured that I do eventually get there in the end!

    I’m off to check out my four people now before witching hour starts – then I’m going to check out more once I have quiet time with a glass of wine in hand!!!! xx
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  22. says

    Hello Ms G,
    I have been an absent blogger..for many reasons..and as I love the blogging world, and comments do make our world go round, I am totally for this new idea of FOUR. Have just made my comments, and found 3 blogs I had never seen before. This is exciting.
    Love you
    D xx

  23. says

    I usually try to cover at least two rows, and usually those in the middle somewhere because I tend to think that many people start at the beginning, or the end, with the best of intentions to visit as many blogs as they can. But like you say, it takes time and we all run out of that! So those in the middle may get less visits. That’s my rationale, grounded on nothing but a hunch! 😉

    I don’t always leave a comment though. Only when I have something to say.

    Visiting at least two either side is a great idea, and I reckon most people should be able to manage that.
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