#TheocentricThursdays Blog Hop Week #9


If you haven’t been reading all of these e-mails, please don’t skip the survey question!

Welcome back to #TheocentricThursdays Blog Hop Week 9! Thank you for being part of our community! The comments from many of you about the connections you are making through this blog hop are amazing! I have been blessed by so many of you commenting on my posts, e-mailing me, and contacting me on my social media. It is my hope that each of you are feeling blessed the same way by this community. Please continue to invite new bloggers to the circle!

I have found that asking someone to share their post is a compliment! If you read something that speaks to you in a blogging community or group, there’s a great chance someone else needs to hear that word too. Ask the author to share it with us. They will take it as a compliment. How do you feel when someone sends you a message saying your piece was just what they needed to hear today and they would like to share it? You will also be helping to reach someone who may not have been reached otherwise.

I also had a few complaints prior to last week that we were sending out e-mails to people who did not request e-mails. It is in the “rules” that you give permission for the hosts and co-hosts to e-mail you exclusively about #TheocentricThursdays Blog Hop. However, to make this even more clear, I have set up a MailChimp account for #TheocentricThursdays. I had issues operating MailChimp this week. Sigh. Sometimes even those of us well-versed in technology find ourselves technology challenged. I’m going to continue with MailChimp for now, but we’ll see. If it continues to be more work than it’s worth, I’ll go back to relying on the clause in the hop.

If you do not sign up for MailChimp correspondence, you won’t be getting correspondence. This means if you receive the most likes on your post, I can’t e-mail you information about being the featured post or co-host. Here is the link so you can sign up: http://eepurl.com/bs7lWz. Make sure you add us to you contacts! Please know it is not in my nature to bombard anyone with junk mail. If I have in any way violated your privacy, it was absolutely unintentional and without intent to harm.

So, last week I know for a fact that each of your posts were read from this hop a minimum of two times. Many of them had over 10 clicks! We are sending you some readers! I saw at least one participant screen shot their stats from their post after they shared here and the numbers were 200+ views more than their average posts. I have no idea how many potential readers you received, but God does!

If you are sharing posts from the hop on social media or your own site, would you please let one of us know? We love to give credit where credit is due. (No one let me know this week, BUT there were MANY posts re-shared on twitter and facebook that I did see! You ALL rock!!!)

SURVEY QUESTION: I’m wondering if the featured post would work better if we counted clicks instead of votes. The inlinkz program counts clicks always whether hosts choose to do voting or not. I would like participants thoughts. Clicks count anytime someone opens a post from a host or co-hosts page. So, if you are #7 on the list and one of the hosts clicks your link to make sure it’s appropriate, #8 and #9 both click your link to read and comment on your post, various other participants (let’s say 5) click your link to read and comment, plus random readers (let’s say 7) of each host/co-hosts blog click your link to see what your post is about, then the system would log 15 clicks for your post. Please leave your opinion in the comments of whichever host/co-host’s blog you are linking up from. Thank you so much for your participation!!!!

Make sure to follow ALL hosts and co-hosts blogs AND social media accounts. Let’s meet your hosts!

MelanieP4thMelanie Pickett is a writer and blogger who is currently completing her first nonfiction book. She worked as a Medical Language Specialist for 19 years and is an occasional substitute teacher. Melanie posts on BlogHer and has been a guest writer on various other blogs. She writes regularly at the mental health blog, Defying Shadows but spends most of her time writing her own blog, Flying Blonde. A transplanted West Michigander, Melanie is a wife and mother with two teenagers who keep life busy and happy. She loves Jesus, her family, working out, reading, playing piano, 70’s-80’s TV shows, hot tea, serendipity, and traveling adventures. Melanie is a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor and her ministry is to encourage and empower those in abusive situations, past or present, and bring awareness to this important cause.

Follow Melanie on Flying Blonde, Facebook, Twitter, InstagramBloglovin’, and Google+.


Carrie Ann Tripp is a sold-out, born again Jesus freak, wife of 18 years, mother to two teenagers involved in evMe in Kentuckyery sport/activity under the sun, MS/HS English teacher, HS Softball Coach, Youth Group Worker, Youth/Women’s Speaker, Blogger, Writer, Avid Reader, Lover of Schedules, Volunteer of more things than healthy, and all around CRAZY kinda girl! She loves a good challenge and isn’t afraid to stand up for her beliefs or the underdog. She writes because her mental health demands it. “I heal, I deal with hurt, I help through the written and spoken word. It is my love language.”

You can follow her blog, facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Google+, BlogLovin’, and various other places she pops up, but she’d be ecstatic if you’d start there!

Welcome this week’s co-host Aimee ImbeauAimee is a home educating support teacherAimeeImbeaufinished who lives in the sunny Okanagan, BC.  Aimee has been blissfully married for 17 years and still swoons at the sight of her tall, dark and handsome husband, Marcus.  When she isn’t home educating her 3 kids, she enjoys sewing, quilting, scrapbooking and hanging out with her family. 

She blogs over at A Work of Grace.  You can find her on facebook, twitter or Pinterest.

This week’s featured post comes to us from Aimee Imbeau on her blog A Work of Grace. Her post, “Helping My Child Through Grief“, seems to have touched many this week.

I think we’ve all felt loss and grief. Whether it’s been a pet, family member, or even a position that brought community. The process, and we aren’t talking about 12 steps here, is important to developing how we deal with each future event. Take a minute to read Aimee’s piece and leave her some love and encouragement.

Don’t forget to grab the button if you were featured this week!

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  • Regarding your survey question, I am so new to blogging that I don’t feel qualified to answer with any authority. 🙂 However, it seems to me that the “click counting” method would be easier but would not necessarily result in an accurate “vote” for what fellow bloggers/writers find to be particularly meaningful or deserving of accolades. How’s that for a non-answer?! I am just so thankful to have discovered Theocentric Thursdays that I would honestly be fine with whatever the experts among us think is best!

    • E,

      I’m not so certain any of us would apply for “experts among us” positions. We’re all just pilgrims journeying together.

      Thank you so much for sharing your opinion and your journey with us!

      Have a blessed weekend!

      Carrie Ann

      • I think voting is the more accurate method. If people clicking around just see what each post contains doesn’t necessarily mean any particular item is the most popular. My opinion for what it is worth.

        • Mary,

          Thank you so much for letting us know what you think! That makes two so far! 😀

          Have a blessed weekend and thank you so much for being a regular around here. LOVE reading your book recommendations!

  • one of these days i’m gonna get up the courage to post a link here 😀

    • Andi,

      No courage needed! We accept the newest of the new to the most experienced. No negativity here. We support each other! Jump right in. The linky is open all weekend!

      Have a blessed weekend.

      Carrie Ann

  • Hi Carrie Ann,

    How do you join the blog hop?

    • Rachel,

      Voting opened on the last blog hop today. You can click on the heart in the upper right hand corner of 3 posts you love to vote for them. You will be able to add your blog post to the next hop that will go live at midnight on Thursday. At the bottom of the post there will be a blue ADD YOUR LINK button. You just click the button and fill in your url! I hope you will join us!!!