Several months ago I wrote a post about what I had learned (the hard way) about blogging etiquette. Since that time, I have received numerous emails from fellow bloggers asking blog etiquette related questions. I am so NOT the expert in this area, but I thought it was time we revisit this topic together. So here are some issues we need to explore today:
1. Add Your Email to Your Profile. Seriously. Stop reading this post and do it now! I want to be able to communicate with you and answer your questions, but I can’t easily do that because so many of you don’t have your email on your profile. When your comments come through on my email and I hit reply, I’m replying to “firstname.lastname@example.org” and I want to cry. Don’t make me cry. Simply do the following so the world of bloggers can communicate with you.
- Sign into your blog and click on the top right “Dashboard” tab.
- Next to your profile pic click on “Edit Profile”.
- Now check the box that says, “Show my email address”. That’s it!
This won’t actually show your email on your profile, but a link that says “Email” will be present. You’re not giving out your social security number here, you are just allowing others to be able to reply to you in an email. I haven’t received any spam from having my email available for viewing.
2. Music or no music? Awards or no awards? 10 Things Your Blog Doesn’t Need by Jill Smokler is totally worth reading. In her list of things you don’t need, she includes auto-music, blinkies, and plagiarism. Check out her complete list for more.
3. Personal Promotion in a comment? How, oh how, do you spread the word that you are having a fabulous giveaway, or an upcoming party? Do you spread the word using a tagline in your comment on other blogs (i.e. Such a cute project. By the way, stop on over at my blog because I’m having a giveaway, party, need your opinion, etc..) Now personally, I am grateful when you tell me about something on your blog, so if it’s me, feel free….bring it. However, be warned that some bloggers consider this spam and may even delete your comment. If this happens, try not to take it personally. So, should you instead email people to let them know of an upcoming event on your blog? Again, risky. Tweeting, facebooking, posting about it within your own posts, asking good blog friends to post, etc. are all acceptable ways to spread the word about your blog events. Any other ways might be met with mixed reviews, so be prepared to accept the consequences if they come.
4. Linky parties. Let’s be painfully honest here: There are simply too many similar parties going on right now in our community. Everyone loves a party, and everyone loves to draw traffic to their own site, but when we’re all linking the same project post to thirteen different parties, doesn’t that seem like a bit overkill? Don’t get me wrong. I link up with the best of them, and I love to host with the best of them. Parties are a huge source of traffic on my site and are so much fun! I LOVE BLOG PARTIES! However, if every blogger hosts their own party, and then does a party recap every week, it gets a bit redundant, no? I don’t have any grand conclusions on this one, but I would love to see more themed parties instead of just a million “anything goes” parties. Thoughts?
5. Give credit and don’t lift entire posts/tutorials. It’s hard to have to email to ask permission before using someone’s content, but it can save you a world of trouble if you do. Generally speaking, if you link to someone’s party, expect that the hostess might use your project in their highlights post without asking first. Generally speaking, most bloggers are okay with you using a picture linked back to their post. However, most bloggers are NOT okay with you lifting an entire post, no matter how clearly linked back it is. And some bloggers are NOT okay with you using any of their content without their consent. Some will become very angry with you for not asking first. So when in doubt, ask permission and wait until permission is granted before posting someone else’s content. (I have copyright instructions on my sidebar, so others know I’m cool as long as you link back to me.)
Okay, I could go on here, but we have enough up for discussion already. Let me know what you think peeps.