Blogging community is an open, warm and interesting place to hang out. To keep it this way I’d like to share blogging etiquette based on the unwritten rules of the do’s and don’ts in the blogosphere. Most bloggers know the blogging etiquette, others simply don’t while some don’t even care about this.
Blog content (images, text and audio) is bound to copyrights law. When using images of others, link it back to the owner’s/maker’ site. If you don’t do this, you steal someone’s work. If stealing is too abstract for you to understand, imagine that your blog is your home. You hang the image in your livingroom, image you “borrow” from a stranger. It doesn’t sound ok, does it? At least set the image source to keep this nicely.
When you are inspired by a post and you write a post with the same subject, set the permalink to post that inspires you. Permalink is an URLaddress which directs to a specific page. You gain two things: the blogger knows he/she has inspired you and your post will appear as pingback in a comment section.
Crediting is one of the main reasons I write this post. A blogger friend of mine, A, tipped me that she saw a blogpost which she found similar to my blogpost. My blogpost was issued two days earlier than the blogpost on that particular blog. I read it and agreed with my friend. A also forwarded some blogposts written by this blogger, which seemed to be inspired by our mutual blogger friend’s posts, B. A couple of posts of this blogger was written one or two days after B’s posts with the same subject. There is no credit or mention whatsoever that this blogger
is seemed inspired by B’s posts.
Then, at the beginning of this month I wrote a post. Two days later I was blogwalking and stumbled upon the post of this particular blogger. And there was a blogpost, with a mention of me, a blogger who lives in The Netherlands with the exact subject as mine. The content was adjusted to this blogger’s own thoughts but subtitles are the same. I won’t set a link to this blog as I don’t want this to linger further on, ok?
I am glad apparently I have inspired someone. I share my experience here to make it clear that when I write a post, no matter how short it is, I do some research (reading books, sites, magazines, films and series), self reflecting and contemplating on the matter. Some posts are written based on countless observations. It takes me days even weeks sometimes to finish my drafts, I choose my words carefully and try to jot them for a best fitting in my writing style. To know how I write I shared my blogwriting tips last January.
So please, respect this effort as a fellow blogger. Give credit when the credit is due. Setting permalink or reviewing a fellow blogger is a well appreciated gesture in a blogsphere. This is a big DO. As I believe the essence of blogging is
Back to the importance of permalink. Readers who click on the permalink will land on the specific page you refer to in your post, not the homepage. This prevents minutes of scrolling, looking for that specific post. Setting a permalink will boost your blog’s usability.
Always, always reply to comments. The commenters have taken their time to share their thoughts about the subject you posted. They have taken their time to read your post and leave a comment. It is your turn to reply. If you reply to a comment of a newcomer on your blog, he/she would visit your blog often. After a while if you both have the connection, this newcomer would become your loyal reader and a frequent commenter and voilà a connection and interaction is there on your blog, the features of a blog community.
To me personally, I embrace silent readers who comment for the first time. They have overcome a barrier to comment, I really appreciate them. Sending warm and much love to my silent readers.
Another plus point of always replying the comment is new visitors will see it when they stumble upon your blog. They would feel invited to comment too. They are your potential readers. When I left a comment on a new blog I find interesting but the blog owner didn’t reply to it, I don’t visit the blog anymore.
Last but not least, be kind. Be kind in your post and be kind in your comments. To speak out freely and being outspoken is not similar to being rude. When a blogger leaves a nasty comment, don’t take the bait and reply it with nasty comment too. It is not worth it.
Your blog is your online home. Take a good care of it well just as you expect your online neighbours will do the same to you and your properties.
Happy blogging and enjoy the interaction!