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The Importance Of Blogging Etiquette

blogging etiquetteCarol Graham writes at Never…Ever…Give Up Hope. You can find her there sharing laughter, inspiration and other stories of perspective, like this one on blogging etiquette. 

When we were little kids, our parents and teachers taught us manners. They taught us to say “Please,” “Thank you,” and “Excuse me.” We were also taught to respond when we were spoken to and to be polite at all times.

As a member of the blogging community, I find it interesting and sometimes annoying, that these same manners do not always apply.

When you start blogging and get your first comment on a post, it is exciting. You feel you have finally arrived on the World Wide Web. Then as your admirers grow, you soon realize these people are turning into friends! Friends who are people you may possibly never meet in your lifetime, but with whom you feel a close connection.

Some of these friends are seasonal, some you find yourself becoming more intimate with, sharing aspects of your life without secrets. Others are fun to chat with about a variety of subjects. It makes you wonder how you ever had a life outside of the Internet. You respect these new friends with high regard.

Some of us bloggers have joined various blogging communities and/or challenges and enjoy an even deeper connection. Blogging takes time and effort, no mistaking that. BUT, just as in ‘real’ life, it takes time and effort to make a friend.

There are hundreds of posts we can read on how to grow our blog audience. But we may forget the basics we were taught as children. We need to display good manners.

Within some blogging challenges, participants are encouraged to leave comments on other posts as a courtesy. If you expect bloggers to leave a comment for you, it is often assumed you should reciprocate.

5 Tips for Blogging Etiquette

Tip Number One

But, we need to take it one step further. I have often left comments on a blogger’s post and notice that they never respond to my comment or any comments left for them. It is like talking to someone who turns and walks away without answering. The epitome of rudeness.

This is the first rule of blogging etiquette – ENGAGE. Engage means to talk, listen and respond. It is a two-way street. Want to grow your blogging audience? ENGAGE.

Tip Number Two

A common consideration that all bloggers welcome with enthusiasm is when we share a post we have read. It takes a couple seconds to hit that button and share the content with your Twitter or Facebook friends and followers. A few seconds more to share on Google+ or Pinterest. Granted, there are some posts I read I would never share but if you liked it, why not share it? This is a part of engagement – the same as telling your friends about a great restaurant you recently enjoyed.

Tip Number Three

If you read a post that you cannot agree with but feel obligated to respond by leaving a comment, be careful. Always remember that you are talking to a lot of people, not just the person who wrote the post. Be polite. On the other side of things, remember that if someone comments on your post in a negative manner, you should be careful how your respond.

You can be respectful and still get your point across — or you may not want to respond at all if you feel you may be sorry for saying it. You also have the option to delete their comment if you think it may have a negative impact on your readers.

Tip Number Four

Unless you are hiding from certain individuals or the IRS or worse, please, PLEASE post your profile picture. I will rarely, if ever, respond to someone who shows a bubblehead as their profile picture. It is quite rude not to show your face when you talk with someone. I don’t want to see your company logo either – I want to see who I am talking to. There are many other places to show your logo or brand, even alongside your picture.

Tip Number Five

This one I know many of you might disagree with me. When I talk face to face with someone and they swear a lot I have to admit I draw the conclusion that they have a limited vocabulary.

There are times when we swear to make a point and that is understood, but some don’t stop there. After a few paragraphs, it gets extremely irritating. You can get your point across without sounding  trashy. You may think that is a bit harsh but that’s my opinion. How many newscasters swear when they are reporting the news? They are talking to the world in much the same manner as we are when we post on our blogs.

Of course, I’m curious if you agree with me. I’d love to hear what you think. And if you don’t agree, please do comment but do be courteous!

Enjoyed this post on blogging etiquette? Read Carol’s articles on kindness and the changes in perspective that come with aging. 

Carol Graham

Carol Graham is the author of a fast-paced award-winning memoir, Battered Hope, the blog Never Ever Give Up Hope, and a regular contributor to numerous blog sites. She has a monthly column in Book Fun Magazine and has been published in several anthologies including a best-seller. In 2015, Carol received the Woman of Impact Award from Focus on Women Magazine and Author of the Year for her memoir, Battered Hope. Carol hosts a bi-weekly talk show Never Ever Give Up Hope in which she interviews people with remarkable stories of how they conquered overwhelming obstacles and achieved success. Never Ever Give Up Hope has an international audience in over 70 countries. In addition to motivational speaking, hosting a talk show and writing, Carol is a business owner, a wife, mother, grandmother and together with her husband have rescued over 30 dogs.

Carol Graham

Sunday 24th of July 2016

OF COURSE -- there are always circumstances such as you suggested. This is one of the reasons people often use pen names when they write their memoirs. I completely agree with you. What irks me is when people leave the bubble head as their profile picture and don't bother to change it.

Thank you so much for commenting

Jon Freedman

Sunday 24th of July 2016

Carol,

Agree with ninety-nine percent. :-)

As far as tip four goes, it isn't necessarily "hiding" that motivates anonymity. In my case, (new blogger writing about massive personal midlife changes from a man's perspective) I'm not hiding, but protecting the feelings of my immediate family.

Anonymity permits me to write as honestly as I can about my world.

Other than that tiny nit, I think you've captured the spirit of a thoughtful, respectful blogosphere. Thanks for sharing.

Parul Thakur

Friday 15th of July 2016

Agree to all that you said, Carol. Blogging etiquettes are essential. Something that I can add is, share with different messages so that it doesn't seem as a repeat and still gets the desired attention.

Carol Graham

Friday 15th of July 2016

A valid point, Parul. We all like the personal touch in a response.

Roxanne

Friday 15th of July 2016

This should be required reading for all new bloggers (and some more seasoned ones, now that I think of it!). Great commonsense advice!

Carol Graham

Friday 15th of July 2016

It's a mini refresher course! Thanks for the input, Roxanne

Denise Gabbard

Thursday 14th of July 2016

Great post..and all common sense, but good tips that we often need reminded about. I try and follow all of these, and do share great info. Tweeted this one.

Carol Graham

Thursday 14th of July 2016

Thank you Denise and also thank you for sharing. You nailed it -- COMMON SENSE!

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