This is not my first official entry in this new linkup, but I will use this post as an informational-type of post regarding the subject.
At Home: Mission Statement
If this is the first time you’re reading this, you’re just in time. I mentioned about it from the previous post, and this particular linkup would require some “local traveling,” writing short “biographical stories” about the place you’re introducing, and some photography altogether. We see a lot of travel blogs here and there, but not so much about the city/town/place they were born, grew up, and/or currently live in. I thought that it would be fun to share the place we currently live, as it would help fellow bloggers discover “new gems” in this small world that we live in.
Here is a quick list of this linkup’s mission statement:
- To share our feelings about our hometown (that includes neighboring cities/towns, major cities with close proximity to your hometown, the region (example – your state, province, prefecture, county, etc.) your hometown is located) and why we love living here.
- To introduce our hometown to all our fellow bloggers.
- To show highlights of our hometown through photos.
- To learn more about our hometown that we were not aware of from the beginning (ie. history, urban legends, a local-known spot in a famous city/town that the rest of the world are unaware of, etc.).
- To share different spots of our hometown (ie. coffee shops, former school, hangouts, etc.) and the stories behind them.
- To share some photographs of what our hometown and surroundings look like through our own eyes (behind the camera lens, so to speak).
I think that our home location may also define the type of person we are as individuals in terms of upbringing, local beliefs and traditions, and the type of people we associate with daily, so in a way, it’s also a good way for readers to get to know the blogger as a person through their local atmospheres.
Linkup Rules for First Entries
The Blog Entry
For the first entry, write about your current hometown. I know many of us move around from one place to the next, but for your first entry, you will blog about your current hometown. You can write about your hometown with some suggested topics below:
- How long have you been living in your current hometown?
- If you moved here voluntarily, why did you choose this place as your hometown?
- What is the approximate location of your current hometown? (for example, how long does it take for you to drive to the nearest major city? What type of terrain your current hometown is surrounded by? Is it a coastal city? Is it landlocked? etc.)
- If you want, you can post a Google map image of your current hometown’s location and close proximity to more well-known major cities and other places. This is optional.
- General history of your current hometown in your own words. It doesn’t have to be detailed, but at the same time, they are written from your own view (no copying and pasting from Wikipedia or some other reference site).
You can write any topics about your current hometown not listed in the suggestions above. You don’t have to answer every single suggestion listed above in your entry. Be creative and expressive!
You can use a photograph of a signature landmark of some sort that represents your current hometown as a featured image for your entry. It’s a preference that you take the photo of the landmark yourself for authenticity, but a royalty-free image of that same landmark would be okay. You can also post more than one photos of your hometown if you like. If you’re brave, you can even include yourself in those photos, but they are not required (as I know some bloggers are camera shy).
I’m not expecting any high-quality professional-grade photographs here. You can use your standard smartphone camera or your tablet camera or your 35mm digital camera. I’ll be using both my (cheap) smartphone camera and my micro 4/3s mirrorless 35mm camera depending on the time, location, and situation. If you have at least one image that will incorporate your current hometown in your entry, that’s more than enough.
Your house or apartment does NOT qualify as a featured image for any entry in this linkup. After all, there’s also the sensitivity of privacy for every person too.
General Linkup Rules
On the month after you post your first entry to the linkup, the following rules below apply:
- Suggested topics for future At Home entries: your favorite hangout, your childhood hometown (if your current hometown is not the place you were born and/or raised), your former school/college/university, your favorite store, a certain area in a neighboring or local city/town near your current hometown, a locally-made product or event that’s only available in your hometown or was first introduced in your hometown, the local lingo that you and the people around you and how it differs to your “standard” native language, etc. The more creative your topics are, the more you can inspire other bloggers to use your ideas for their future entries if they are stuck with ideas.
- Please post at least two incorporated photographs (one of them will be your featured image). Again, you can include yourself in those photos if you want, but not required. At this point, the photographs must be taken by you (again, for authenticity). You can add a watermark to your photo if you want if you’re very touchy with your photographs.
- You can join anytime, as long as you are aware that the linkup for that particular month closes on the 25th of every month, 11:55 p.m. PST.1
Deadline (First entries also apply)
As mentioned before, life happens every day. A lot of the linkups I’ve participated only allow you two weeks to write one, and then the linkup for that month will be closed. Because life happens daily, and the fact that you would have to do a little more extra than just writing, you will have until the 25th of every month, 11:55 p.m. Pacific Time Zone (PST) (my time zone, of course). For many of the usual bloggers who come here, that’s a lot of time, as the PST zone is way behind the international time zone, meaning, 11:55 p.m. on the 25th Pacific Time Zone will be the 26th for (almost) the rest of the world.
The reason why I chose the 25th because February only has 28 days (29 on leap years). At least, between the 25th and the first day of the month, you get to have a bit of a break or use that break period to take a few photos of other places you’d like to write about and write them later (for example, of course).
The Linkup Code
This linkup system is courtesy of InLinkz, a blog linkup service. For every post you create, you are also required to add the code below your linkup. You can click on the button below to get the code, and once you get to the link, choose the appropriate blog platform that you use so that you can grab the correct code snippet suitable for your platform. Not everyone uses WordPress, let alone self-hosted ones, therefore it’s a good idea to broaden this linkup to those who use different types of platforms.
In a future entry, I’ll have this code thing fixed properly, so please stay tuned for my very first At Home linkup entry!
See you next time!
On the sidenote...
- Unfortunately, Inlinkz only goes by 5-minute increments. I’d prefer it on 11:59 p.m. instead. [↩]