#THECIRCLELINKUP

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The Circle is a monthly link-up that was born with dreams of creating a place for bloggers to get to know one another just a little bit better and to make new friends, too. As C.S. Lewis wisely wrote, I want more bloggers to have this feeling:

"FRIENDSHIP IS BORN AT THAT MOMENT WHEN ONE PERSON SAYS TO ANOTHER: 'WHAT! YOU TOO? I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE.'"

I think we can all agree that the blogging community is amazing. Although, when I first started blogging, I didn't think that at all. I thought I was alone and just a little fish in a big blogworld. But now that I know how amazing this blogworld is (no worries, I'm still a little fish), I want others to know and have a slice of this blogging community, too. Hence, The Circle. Because as we all know, a circle is round, it has no end, and that's how long I want to be your friend. 

But before I get ahead of myself and get a children's song stuck in your head, here are the deets on The Circle. A play on a knitting circle, this monthly link-up is going to be a place for bloggers to share and write on a fun, light-hearted (or possibly heavy-hearted) topic. Except, instead of knitting together, we'll just be sharing our lives with each other and pretending to share our cookies and yarn, too (is that what knitters do?).

On the THIRD Wednesday of each month, I'll partner up with a different blogger who will act as my co-host and we'll create a topic to write on and for you to write on as well. Then, you'll link up your post, share your blog with others, and get to know other bloggers, too--new and old ones alike!

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So if you'd like to join in, grab a button and then leave me a comment/send me an email letting me know you'd like to be added to the email list. I try to send out an email with the month's topic at the beginning of each month!

p.s. The Circle is also a great chance for bloggers to take a break from coming up with posts on their own--I mean, I'm not the only one who gets writer's block, am I?

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  1. Do you know who is hosting The Circle this month and what the theme is? I am excited to join again since I wasnt able to in August and September with my chaotic schedules and traveling!

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  2. this is such a beautiful idea! It's very true that blogging can seem like a big world, but it's just a wonderful way to bond with others and be inspired every day. :)

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  3. Fun! First time visiting, popped over from Moons and Junes. Excited to participate this month! :)

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    1. Hi Hannah! I'm excited for you to join in with us! The more the merrier. :)

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  4. How have I missed this? :) What a sweet and wonderful idea! Plus, I wish we could actually share cookies. That'd be the best! :)

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    1. I don't know, but there's no time like the present to join in! I'd loooove to co-host with you sometime if you're up to it!

      Also, let's share cookies sometime and swap teacher stories, okay? :)

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  5. This is such a great idea! Would love to be a part of something like this someday :)

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    1. Thanks Lorraine! I would love to have you join in with us either this month or next! I plan to have each link-up in the middle of the month, so look for it around then! :)

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    2. Thanks Kiki, and thanks for the reply.
      Perhaps I'll stretch out of my comfort zone and have a go :D

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    3. Yay, I'm so glad you did! :)

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  6. This was nice - I am glad I found it and joined in

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    1. I'm glad you joined in! Welcome to the Circle, Angela! :)

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  7. Such a wonderful idea!!! I love this, defintiely going to join in this month! :)

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    1. Thank you, Cassie! I can't wait to read your post! :)

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  8. I just did my first circle post. I love this whole concept. I just posted mine for July.

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    1. Thanks for joining us, Tessita! I can't wait to check out your post. :)

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    1. Yay, I'm glad you're joining in! :)

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  10. Excited to finally join in this month! Love this idea & concept.

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    1. Yay!!! I'm so excited to see your post! :)

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  11. Hello from Vienna! I just found The Circle through another blogger's button, and I'm super excited to join the party. :) What a brilliant idea, by the way.

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    1. Hi Tawni! I'm so glad you stopped by because if you ask me, the more participants the better. I can't wait to read your post! :)

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  12. I can't believe it's already been over a year since you began the circle — congrats! :) That is truly amazing and all of your monthly topics are so refreshing and interesting!

    Definitely tuning in for September.

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    1. Thank you! I can't believe it either, Jenny! I honestly have a hard time believing it's been over a year now and I'm still enjoying it as much as I did in the beginning, too. My biggest worry when starting it was that it would be a flop but it's been awesome to see it grow and change as time goes on. I'd love to co-host with you sometime AND I'm so excited to see your post for this month! :)

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    2. It definitely takes some bravery and love to get a good series like this going. You were the woman for the job! ;) And oh my gosh, you know I would LOVE to co-host with you anytime. It would by my honor! Let's connect on that soon. <3

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    3. Girl, thank you! That is one of the sweetest compliments I've heard in a long time and it came at just the right time for me. You have no idea how much those words mean to me! :)

      And I'll email you about co-hosting! :) Yay!

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    4. Yay! I'm in. (: I think you said in another comment that you're booked for awhile, but put me on that wait list!!! I'd love to join in on the fun.

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    5. I will, I will! Thanks again, Jenny! :)

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  13. I just found out about this linkup right after last month! Of course. ;) Do you send out an e-mail prior to the date it goes live with the full prompt? If so, my email is leah@myfavoriteadventure.com. I would love to be added!

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    1. Hi Leah! Yes, I do try and send out an email with the month's theme at the beginning of each month. I've been a little crazy lately (schedule wise!) so I haven't had a chance to yet for this month so I'll add you to the list. You actually commented with perfect timing because I've been meaning to send out the reminder email! :)

      Thanks again! I can't wait to have you join in on The Circle!

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  14. Hi Kiki! I am another newbie to linking up with The Circle. I'm so excited for your book prompt next week! Could you send me an email with the full prompt, too? (deliabkearney@gmail) I'm always happy to babble on about books....but maybe sticking to a structure is better for the readers ;)

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    1. Hi Delia! Welcome and I'm so glad you're excited for the link-up next week (still can't believe October's halfway over!). I'll send you the info asap! :)

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  15. I'm a newbie, too! Can I piggy-back on Leah and Delia's requests to be added to the link-up email list? My email is schmadison (at) gmail.com. I'm loving your blog, by the way! I just found it through Anne's and I'm glad I did!

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    1. Hi Madison! I just added you to the link-up email list and am hoping to send out November's email later next week. :) I can't wait to check out your blog and read your post! Thanks for joining!!

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  16. Hi~ I am am so in love with your blog (I've been following for a few weeks- you have a new follower) and this concept- and would love to added to the email list if possible? My email is nellamonaco5@gmail.com … I also launched a project yesterday that you might be interested in- it's a gratitude project where we share the daily simple moments each month where we took a step back and felt gratitude/reflected {link up is on the 29th of each month) I would love to have you :) I think it will be powerful - if you are interested, here is more info: http://vintagesimplylove.blogspot.com/2014/11/simply-loves-gratitude-project.html - have a wonderful day!

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    1. Hi Nelle! So nice to meet you AND have you as a reader (and now friend!). :) I am so glad to hear that you're interested in joining the email list! I've already sent out this month's topic prompt but can forward it to you and will also add you to the list for the future.

      Oh, and thanks for letting me know about your link-up! I'm going to check it out--it sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate, practice gratitude, AND just reflect on the everyday moments in life. You were right that it sounds like me! :)

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  17. Hi Kiki, I'd love to participate in this link up every month! I already have a post drafted for the 14th- I can't wait (: I'd appreciate if you could add me to the e-mail list too please! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Will do! I have yet to send out my email for this month so you'll likely get the email sometime this weekend. :) I can't wait to see/read your post!

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  18. I'm kind of late to the party but would love to start joining in and get added to the email list! I've read other peoples posts linking up with you and now I get to join in on the fun! Also- great C.S. Lewis quote!

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    1. I've added you to the list! I actually haven't sent out my email for this month so you'll likely get the email sometime this weekend! :) I can't wait to read your post!

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  19. I just joined up for the first time this month. I'd love to be on your email list too!

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    1. Hi Ali! I'm so sorry I didn't see your comment earlier. I'll send you an email confirming your address AND will also add you to the list. :) Thanks!

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  20. I'd like to be on the email list please! :)
    www.the-flame-dame.blogspot.com

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    1. I just sent you an email and added you to the list! Thank you sooo much for joining in! :)

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  21. Please add me to the email list, lady! My email is rachelmcallister (at) gmail.

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    1. Will do! So sorry I didn't see your comment until now! :)

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  22. Hey, I'd love to join in, my email is dianadegzz at Gmail.com
    Thanks!

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    1. You're more than welcome to join in anytime, but I will add you to the email list so you'll be notified of each month's topic and such! :)

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  24. We'd love to join please! sweetlittleonesblog@gmail.com :) So glad to have found you through Jenna at Dearest Love! -Jess
    Sweet Little Ones

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  25. I'd love to be added to the mailing list! :) juliecookies [at] gmail.com

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  27. Hi Kiki, I have not been getting the emails can you add me to the mailing list. I am not sure why as I thought I used to get them. Thank you alh693 at att dot net

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    1. Angela! So sorry I didn't get your comment until now! Blogger for some reason doesn't always let me know since I use Disqus. I need to fix that, I think! :)

      Anyway, I've added you to the list and you should get the email sometime tonight!

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  28. I'd love to join. Please add me to your mailing list. My email address is serving_theKingofkings@yahoo.com. Is it too late to do the April linkup?

    ~Urailak

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    1. Hi Urailak! Sorry I didn't get your comment! For some reason, I don't always get the notifications when they're posted here since it's not using Disqus.

      I have just added you to the mailing list and hope you'll be able to join in for this month! I'm sending out the email as soon as I finish replying to comments. :)

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  29. I would love to join the party, i'm not too sure how it works though considering I am brand new at this and am definitely feeling like a small little fish.
    Do I just receive an email, write about the topic and link back to your page? hahaha helpp!!
    PS glad I found your blog, absolutely loved it!

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    1. Hi there! I'm going to send you an email, but that is most definitely how this link-up works! You'll write your own post, then come back to my blog and add your link (on a pretty easy form!) to my blog post. :)

      I can't wait to read your post and it's great to meet other bloggers, too!

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  30. I found this linkup through Gold and Bloom's blog, and I would love to be a part of it! It's so fun meeting new bloggers and it's so helpful to know that I am not alone in feeling like a little fish! Please email me the prompt, because I would love to participate (email: amodestvesselblog (at) gmail.com)

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    1. Hi Julie! I can't wait to get to know you better, too! This month's prompt is all about Blogger Introductions, so this will be a great way to join in! We'll be doing a post all about ourselves and/or our blogs, too. :) I'll go ahead and email you the topic email and will add you to the future email list, too!

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  31. I'd love to participate - whenever you get through all these other requests! :D
    asongforthebirds.blog (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Just sent some emails your way! :)

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  32. What a fabulous idea! Would love to join and meet fellow bloggies (is that a word?! it is now.) out there! Email is destrada22(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks a bunches!

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    1. I love that term! I've always used blogger(s), but bloggies sounds cuter, haha. :) I'll add you to the list--the next email should come out at the end of this month (or the beginning of August). Thank YOU!

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  33. Hi, I'd love to join in the fun of this link up.:)
    Email is pinayflyinghigh gmail com :)

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  34. I would love to be added to the email list! runge91@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Sarah Emily! I've added you to the list--you should get September's topic email sometime this weekend!

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  35. I'd like to be added too :)
    iammrskblog at gmail.com

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    1. I will add you to the list! I've already sent out the prompt reminder for this month, but I'll go ahead and forward it to you and you should receive November's prompt at the end of the month. :)

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  36. I'd love to join. I saw some lovely posts from a few friends on the THANKFUL poem for November. Would you please add me?

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    1. I'd love to add you--do you have an email for me to put on the list? If you don't want to share it here, feel free to send an email my way at kiki.initstimeblog (at) gmail (dot) com

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  37. Hi Kiki! I'd like to join the circle. And hopefully get to co-host with you soon.

    Thank you! <3

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    1. Hi Melai! I would love to add you to the email list, but don't have your email--could you send me an email or leave it in another comment? :)

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  38. Oooo I would love to be a part of this link up! You said it best... I have no doubt the blogging community is wonderful but as a newbie it's pretty terrifying! Excited to be a part of this :)

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    1. Hi Alexandra! I can't wait to read your post--just be sure to send me an email so I can add you to the list! :)

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