When I was out and about during my fan week, though, sometimes I would see others who said and did yucky things, including in their comments.
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Top 5 Tips When Visiting a Blog
1. Be Respectful
Act like you’re in a stranger’s house. Most bloggers I know put a lot of work into their blogs, and even if you don’t like what they have to say, you do not have to forcibly impress your presence upon them—that is not your job.
2. Read the Posts
If you’re there, read a post. Don’t just skim. Read it! Most bloggers aren’t going to take more than five minutes of your time, and while the time adds up, so does your participation.
3. Comment Sincerely
The easiest way to show a blogger that you enjoy their work is by telling them. Be sincere in what you say, and be specific in what you talk about. “Nice post!” is not nearly as flattering as “Nice post! I was really impressed with the way you compared Harry Potter to the hopeless spirit animals on Mars, I never thought of it that way before!”
(Also, always follow the comment policy. For reals.)
4. Use Good Grammar
We’ve all made a stupid mistake and forgotten to proofread before we hit “send.” It happens. It’s good to double check, but make sure you’re using correct spelling and grammar in the first place. There should be no numbers instead of letters in your words.
(And if you’re a writer, by the way, I totally judge you based on your grammar. If I know you can’t use periods correctly now, what must your manuscript look like? Not fair of me, I know. But the way you type is one of the few things I have to go on.)
5. Don’t Lie
Don’t be mean, either. If saying “Nice post!” would be a lie for you, don’t be obliged to say, “Mediocre post!” because that’s just a little sad. But don’t pretend to like something you didn’t and don’t be pressured into lying for the sake of being nice. You can have you own opinion—but there’s always a way to express that opinion without shooting anybody else down.
I have this etiquette book by Emily Post (it’s so long) and it has some interesting things to say about manners. Double introductions are a no-no. However, there is no section on blogging, so this is my replacement on how not to be rude when visiting a blog.
What are some ways you show courtesy on other blogs? What are your rudeness pet peeves?
(Fun fact, cortés means courteous in Spanish, and I find it super ironic that Hernán Cortés was named that and then overthrew the entire Aztec kingdom and captured all of Mexico for Spain. Like, I don’t know about you guys, but… rude.)