Christmas Tour How To

Monday, December 13th is the much anticipated, highly regarded, horribly too soon Christmas Tour of Homes. Many thanks to BooMama for entrusting me with this huge responsibility.

Who can join in?

ANYONE. As long as you have a blog or flickr acct that you can link to–everyone is invited.

What Do I do?

Simply share some of your holiday decor by writing a post and showing photos. You can show one photo or 28–it’s totally up to you. You can write a big bunch of stuff or keep quiet, the point of the tour is to encourage and inspire each other with our decorating. I love pretty decorations but this is not a contest. Everyone is invited to join in, from the simplest decor to the most elaborate.  Please link back to thenester.com in your post so your readers can visit some other tours.

My biggest request is that you only link to ONE post.  I know many of us have lots of Christmas posts and have joined in different linky parties over the past few weeks.  Fantastic!  This is a great time to write one Mothership post with photos and links to each of your Christmas projects and posts. Link to your MOTHERSHIP post for your home tour here at Nesting Place.  That way, each person can decide what they want to find out more about while they are at your blog.

My advice?  Use your best photos in that summary/mothership post and when it comes time to pick a feature photo for the inlinkz submission, pick the most eye catching photo.  In the past I’ve looked at the stats of all the entries for linky parties and without fail the ones with the best photos get the most clicks.

How’s it work?

When you see these words on Monday at the end of the post, obey–click there to enter your PERMALINK–not today, Monday, on the Tour of Homes post.

By 8am EST Monday morning I’ll have my tour up at the top of the blog there will be an obvious place for you to enter your blog PERMALINK in at the bottom of the post. If for some reason you see an error page that means I’ve wrecked up the whole internet. Just be patient, eat a candy cane and check back soon.


What’s a permalink?

{copied straight from my sister’s explanation}

A permalink is the URL to a specific blog post. In other words, each blog post has an address and the permalink is the street number and the avenue. For example, my blog address is www.thenester.com. But the permalink to this post is http://thenester.com/2009/12/christmast-tour-how-to.html

To get the permalink, I simply clicked on the post title and it popped up in the address bar. Then copy that address and come to Nesting Place and click this button at the bottom of my post:

Once you click it you will see this:

Where it says “URL:” that’s where you paste in your permalink

It also asks for a name, I’m toying with not even having words on this linky, I think we all just like photos and the words mess up the spacing, and the email?  I have no idea why it asks that but no worries, you shouldn’t start getting spam.

Why was my link deleted?

{also copied straight from my sister’s blog }

Probably because you linked to your blog rather than the permalink of your post. Sometimes people like to browse through your Tour of Home posts from my site days or weeks after you’ve posted them. If you simply link to your blog front page, they will not be able to find your Tour post. Unless you use the permalink, your link will be deleted out of courtesy to the reader.  Or, maybe you added 13 different links to each of your Christmas posts.  In order to honor each other’s time, please link to ONE summary post and choose your BEST most inviting photo to feature.

I hope that covers everything~enjoy your holiday decorating and don’t forget to take pictures this weekend!


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Comments

  1. Lindsay Stewart says:

    OK, so you have SOO inspired me! I have been working on things in my house the last few weeks & had a little cookie swap yesterday & had so many wonderful comments! I gave you the credit & sent some people your way! Merry Christmas!

  2. Ok, I HAVE to know who sang the “J-i-n-g-l-e Bells” song that you used in this video! I love it and so does my mum! I’ve seriously played it 3 or 4 times in a row just to listen to the song! (Not that your pictures weren’t beautiful!)

  3. Thank you for your wisdom. I am so sorry for your loss. Beautiful pictures. You inspired my day.

  4. I happen to come across your blog from Big Mama’s Blog. So glad I did, your house is beautiful and I love your holiday decorations and suggestions! Thanks! I think this is where we leave comments on a chance to win a bag? If not I enjoyed your blog, and look forward to reading it in the future! Thanks!

  5. Beth Barlow says:

    Hey! Loving the tour! Great job! As usual, you rock!!

  6. My entire blog is Christmas. I add new posts each year beginning in November. I have been checking everyday for a month to see when I could sign up and I made it at #131 and today I am looking and I am not there.
    I am so sad! I don’t know how to get on your list as all theposts at the top are for this years Christmas. If I Only add one link, only the welcome post will show.
    Thanks for your help,
    Paula

    • How timely of me to answer this almost a year later.

      Unfortunately, you linked to your homepage and I simply delete any links that are not permalinks. Feel free to link to one MAIN post and introduce us to all of you wonderful ideas! Hope to see you again this year.

  7. love this tour! thank you so much!

  8. Sandy Bass says:

    I have enjoyed reading your blog. You have inspired me in many ways. My husband just loves when I tell him I am shopping the house. Would you please direct me to the post where your sister painted her cabinets black.

    Thanks

  9. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lott about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
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  12. Beautiful Christmas tour!

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