Monday, June 11, 2012

Bloggers etiquette

Although my blog is fairly new and I don't have very many followers, I have started to really realize what it takes to get yourself out there. I feel like this is a topic that needs to be discussed among other bloggers because I find that many bloggers are a little "too self promotional" and It can come off as bothersome and annoying. So even though my blog is not popular because it is fairly new, I have blogged before, but it was about baking, and I despite the "small" amount of followers, I get a lot of views from various websites. So I thought I would just talk about some simple blogging unwritten rules that I feel really need to be written, and put out there.

  1. Promoting your blog:

    • When promoting your blog some things you want to AVOID are simply posting your link on other bloggers pages. Just think of it this way, how would you feel if someone was constantly "spamming" your page with there link only to promote themselves? So you should really think about it the next time you post a "hey follow me www.iampiscesw.blogspot.com" because it can be found as RUDE and ANNOYING. And most of the time some bloggers will just delete your comment.

      POINT - DON'T SPAM OTHER BLOGGERS WITH YOUR LINKS
    • A proper way to promote yourself would be to really start a conversation. Use the bloggers name, refer to the post, comment about the post, and leave a nice compliment. Wouldn't you feel great if that's what you were receiving? You can ask them to check out your blog or simply add your link to the end of your comment. Be kind and thoughtful, not annoying and overly self promotional.

      POINT - DO BE CONVERSATIONAL AND PERSONAL. USE NAMES AND REAL FEELINGS
  2. Pictures:

    • Blogging should be personal. And you wouldn't want to do something you wouldn't want done to yourself. When Blogging be sure to give credit where credit is due. If you use someone else photos, always give them credit. You can simply have it link back to them. I definitely love to use my own images, so when someone uses my images I would like to be credited for them, after all, they are MY images. All the images on my blog are made and edited by me, unless other wise noted. If they are from tumblr, or some other site, I always give credit to them. It's just not fair to claim it as yours when you know it isn't. Don't give the impression that something is your work when it isn't. Just think how would you feel if you saw someone getting credit for something you worked hard on.

      POINT - GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. IF YOU USE SOMEONES PHOTOS MAKE SURE YOU LINK TO THEM OR NOTE THEM IN YOUR POST
  3. Following others :

    • I see this on Beautylish a lot. You post a topic and someone responds advertising themselves, which is okay in a sense, after all you are probably asking for others to leave there blog links for you. I know a few users who promote themselves for solely there own benefit. They follow you to get you to follow them, and then a few days later they will unfollow you. This is rude and I look down upon them because they are simply doing what you are doing, trying to promote themselves but then unfollowing you after they have got what they wanted. The problem about getting followers is that you are potentially getting people who may not really be interested in what you are writing about, but if you are going to ask for followers then unfollow them that's just simply rude. So here is fair warning that you WILL have users like that, so always be sure to know who you are following and know who is following you back, if that's what you're going for.

      POINT - BE A GOOD FOLLOWER. DON'T JUST USE PEOPLE TO FOLLOW YOU.

    All in all, there are plenty of unwritten rules one should follow when blogging, vlogging, or whatever it is you do on the web. If you have any suggestions on what else I should add, feel free to leave it in a comment and also post this on your page. It's a great way to get everyone on the same page.

    *Stay tuned for a post on Blogging Tips

    16 comments:

    1. AMEN :) I love this post! Sometimes, it's hard to draw the line when promoting yourself so thanks for writing this heads up
      Newest follower!
      - Val
      http://vivalavidavalentina.blogspot.com

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    2. Yes, it is. Especially if you are new to blogging. Thanks so much for following I will check out your blog asap (:

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    3. Love you Sherry you have some great pointers again! xx

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    4. I am so thankful that you commented on my blog because I don't know how long it would have taken me to find you otherwise! You are really inspirational, I cant say it enough! :)

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      1. You're so kind, thank you that means a lot! I truly enjoy blogging and I hope others enjoy me!

        Thanks so much Elizabeth!

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    5. Nice post! What annoys me really is when a commenter just writes: "I'm your new follower. Please follow me back." That's really weird - why would they follow me if they don't have anything to say about the post they just read? Most of the time I just forget telling a person that I started following them. I know I really should, but after having left comments on one or two posts, then deciding to follow, it feels strange to leave yet another comment to tell them that I'm following, right? ;-) So here it is: I'm following =)

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    6. Good post. Really helps for those who are starting out like me.

      Check out my blog :)

      Toni xx
      http://toniloujones.blogspot.co.uk/

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    7. Great post, I dislike the ones that post "Hey I just followed you, follow me back!" knowing they didnt follow you.

      http://OhhLetMeSee.blogspot.com

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    8. You so hit the nail on the head with this post! I get comments and people like that all the time and it drives me crazy. Not going to lie though when I first started blogging I had no clue about the right way to go about promoting myself and I made a few of those mistakes in the beginning too but I learned quick. As Ms. Ann said I too dislike the people that say they followed and want a follow back when I know very well they didn't. Don't they know I'm constantly checking my stats haha I know when there's a new follow ;)

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    9. What an excellent post Sherry. It's nice to hear from other new bloggers who are trying to expand their "brand" and promote themselves in a positive way!

      Thanks,
      Abby
      Everyday with Hazel Mae

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    10. I love this post!
      I think there is nothing wrong with promoting yourself, but it can always be done in a nice way! Mostly when I visit a blog I really like I will follow it and leave a genuine comment. Sometimes, depending on the blogger I either leave my link, or invite them to come and visit my blog. If I ever ask for a 'follow 4 follow' I always point out that there is no pressure to it and that it has to be volunteerely. I don't like the 5 year old 'I follow you if you follow me' mentality. Sometimes people are not following me back but I'd still follow them because I actually like their blog & content!

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    11. Hi Sherry! I just started a blog recently, and I guess being new to blogging and all, it's kind of sad to see views, but no followers. It's to just automatically know how to go about getting people to ready your content. Usually if I follow a someone, it's likely because I want to read their content and interact, and I'm sure a lot of new bloggers out there have the same intentions. :) Thank you so much for the advice. xx Steph

      lilstephh.blogspot.ca

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