Blog Gems - Air Your Archives #15

My friend Jen is taking a break from hosting Blog Gems for a few weeks as she deals with much more important stuff : looking after her son HRH who has been in and out of hospital for the past number of months.  HRH has autism and you can read more about him and his brother and sister on Jen's fabulous blog, The King and Eye.  Jen is one of the first people I met from the autie Facebook Group and I am really honoured that she has asked me to help keep Blog Gems going.

And this is what it's about:

How many posts do you have languishing in your archives? Great posts that will never be dusted off and brought out to breathe again! Maybe you created fabulous content before you had lots of followers, or maybe you have been blogging for years and your current followers haven't seen your older material.

Blog Gems - Air Your Archives is a fortnightly linky list where we will give a prompt and you select a post from your archives that fits the prompt. You do not have to create content for the prompt, unless you want to. All you have to do is copy and paste the url of the post into the linky list. Voila, an old post gets a second shot!

To take part:

1. Follow my blog to get future Blog Gem posting information and linkys.

2. Grab the Blog Gem button and place it on your sidebar (html code
here or above) Putting the button on your blog is not a dealbreaker, some people just don't like doing it and I have no problem with that at all. What I will say is that something like this can't be successful without 'word of mouth' so I would appreciate if you could find another way to let people know that this is available and they are welcome to join in.

3. Enter your link.

Read and comment on the submissions of the two blogs posted before you on the linky list. (Please!)

5. Help me spread the word by telling your blogging friends, either by tweeting this or blogging about your entry. 

Allison at Life in a Pink Fibro and I have gotten together to generate some cross-hemisphere linky love. Allison runs Weekend Rewind every weekend and is also based on posting up your favourite oldies. It is one of the friendliest bloghops I have ever taken part in! Her linky is closed now, but will be open again next weekend. Remember to go have a look!

Michelle at Mummy from the Heart has started a lovely new meme called
Reasons to be Cheerful, have a look.

For any newer bloggers don't worry if you have to link up posts that you have linked up before, it is very unlikely that you will end up with the same readers as last time so continue to join in and have fun. Many, many thanks to those of you that blog about Blog Gems, I really appreciate the links and help getting the meme 'out there'. 

I was thinking about Jen and how brave and cheerful she has been over the past while, and what an inspiration to all her friends.  So the prompt for this week is to link up a post that has inspired or helped other people: broad interpretations are encouraged!  I'm looking forward to reading them x


  1. thanks for hosting :) Jen

  2. Thank you for hosting this again, if you want any help I will xx

  3. @Jen - I really appreciate the opportunity, thank you xx

    @kelloggsville - thanks for commenting xx

    @everyone - my broadband picked today to go on a go slow, but I promise to visit you all eventually, thanks so much to everyone who has joined in so far :)

  4. Well, my link says "A is for Autism" but sends you instead to my main site URL instead of the specific post... oops... the dangers of trying to link up from my tiny Droid screen.

  5. Thank you for hosting this. I always look forward to reading everyones blog gems. : )

  6. What a great idea. Look forward to reading some of these.

  7. Good on you for hosting. I love Blog Gems! Please pass on my love and best wishes to Jen - am hoping the family is travelling okay. Will try to think of a post to link...

  8. @Varda - that's a shame, but you're still linking to an inspirational post x

    @One Rich Mother - me too, thanks for joining in :)

    @Madame DeFarge - thanks for you kind words

    @LIAPF - I'm enjoying it and I love Weekend Rewind too x

  9. Hello! I'm so late getting back from The gallery, I've linked up and will now try to find you on twitter etc

  10. This is such a fantastic idea! Reading other posts is an emotional rollercoaster but well worth doing :) xxxx

  11. @Mari's World - Thanks for linking up, but I couldn't find your post :( But I found another lovely one x

    @Rachel - Thanks for much for taking part xxxx

    And I hope you don't mind: but it would be great if you would follow Jen's rules for this linky, it just makes it more worthwhile for everyone. Thank you xx

  12. Thought I posted a link last week, my sorry xx

  13. @lifeasweknowit - thanks so much for taking part xx

  14. My thanks for hosting, too!

    I had problems with one link, one link was a story I would not support with a comment (against my values) and a third link was blocked by my virus-protector. Just saying. I will search among others for a post to comment on. A reminder that a link to one's blog is insufficient - should be a link to a specific post in line with the gems-theme, this fortnight. Barbara

  15. @Barbara -thanks so much for that. Interesting that you don't comment on stories that are against your values - I certainly believe in putting an opposing opinion if I don't agree with a blog post - but then again it has got me into trouble!

    The blog post that upset your virus protector does not open now and will be removed shortly once I have worked out how to do it.

  16. I know I am so late to the party, but at least I am here right? Thanks for hosting it!

  17. @MommyToTwoBoys - thanks a million for joining in :)

  18. Thanks again to everyone who took part in Blog Gems. There will be a new one tomorrow, hosted by @jillsmo over at