Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Common Courtesy: Being a Blogger

A while back I wrote a common courtesy post regarding how visitors ought to behave on other people’s blogs, but I also realized, we bloggers have a responsibility to be kind as well. And so, I have come up with a few ideas as to how you can be polite and courteous as a blogger.

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1. Comment Back

This one is the simplest, although I’m not amazing at it myself. When someone comments on your post, go comment on one of theirs. It’s a way to stay connected and continue blogging relationships.

2. Be Kind

You really don’t know who is going to be reading your blog, so it’s a good idea to treat your readers with respect and generosity. Treat other people that way, too, by the way.

3. Be Useful

It’s your blog, so do what you want, but also keep in mind that bloggers often pay attention to other bloggers because they are useful or have something important to share.

4. Link Back

I like doing this one frequently—if you write a response post or if you see something that’s awesome and pertains to your own topic, why not link to the original post at the bottom of your own? You have a chance to connect with another blogger, and it’s also just nice to do.

(For example, Stori Tori’s Blog recently shared a few ideas on writing good blog posts!)

5. Proofread

We’re all going to make mistakes, and you’re not perfect. That’s fine, but you write stuff to be read. If the post is too hard to read, or gets confusing because of one simple error, then that’s not good. I tend to wait at least 24 hours after writing a post to post it, and sometimes more. It just makes sure that you say what you want to say.


Of course, this isn’t a conclusive list, but I think they’re a few ways to keep a good relationship between bloggers and their viewers. Especially the be kind one. Because you should be kind to everyone.

What do you think are some of the most important things a blogger can do to be courteous?


19 comments :

  1. Hmm, I think point 1 is debatable because some people have perfectly legitimate reasons for not commenting back -- two of the most common are that they'd have to read and comment on so many blogs they wouldn't give the post the attention it deserves, or that they don't want the comment to be a formality but rather an actual "I want to say something" comment. So maybe that's not so much courtesy as personal policy, but if you promise to do so, it would definitely be courtesy to act upon that.

    Also, point number 2 is now Lily James and Hayley Atwell telling me "have courage and be kind", which is actually very good blogging advice as well.

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    1. That's true, too, and I agree. And, in my opinion, there are a few blogs that don't actually warrant getting a comment back. You're right though—if you say you will do something you should do it, or else. *ominous pause*

      XD Cinderella knows her stuff, but turns out the internet is just like the real world but different.

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  2. Your posts are always so well thought out and well written.Commenting is very important for a blog I think.I don't like the bloggers who doesn't reply to their blog comments because I like seeing what a blogger replies to my comment which usually why I also check Notify me in comment xD

    Neal Kind
    Daily Diaries

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    1. Thanks. I've found commenting to be a really big game-changer for me, and I also agree that getting to see what people say back is big for me, especially if I put a lot of time into a comment. :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Neal!

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  3. I love when bloggers comment back, and I strive to do this whenever I can. Of course some bloggers might not have the time to comment back, or don't wish to comment back, but when they do, it adds so much more for the people who comment. It shows that the blogger really cares about their comments, and honestly, it makes commenters feel good.

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    1. Commenting back is a kindness, I think, but I'd also agree that it gives people more than just a simply back-and-forth game on the internet. I think the main idea, which you mentioned, is simply showing that you care, which isn't easy for everyone.

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  4. I loved these tips and I try to follow them as much as possible! The first one is important, because I think it shows that you care.

    ~Noor
    www.alittlebitofsunshineblog.com

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    1. You're absolutely right; showing that you care as a blogger is one of the best things you can do! Thanks for stopping by, Noor!

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  5. 5 is something I do as well. I tend to draft out posts, leave it, then fill out the draft if I still like the idea, leave it again then decide if I should post it xD
    All of them a super important points :) I find sometimes 1 & 3 are hard to follow, which is bad because commenting back is important.

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    1. XD I know. I second guess whether I should or shouldn't post something all the time. I think I do a so-so job at commenting, but I don't think I'm useful at all, which makeths me sad. :/

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  6. I always make sure to comment back on my readers, and I love it when other bloggers do the same. It is always interesting to see what other bloggers have to say, and I try to treat them all with the respect and kindness that they deserve. <3

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    1. Good for you! It's great when we can all engage in those relationships together, and I'm glad you promote that example for your readers. Also, being respectful and kind is just good all on its own, so, kudos. :)

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  7. Good points all, and I try to put most of them into practice. I really need to work on Point 1, though. (Note to self: Be less scatter-brained, please.) Anyway, thanks for sharing! Also, even when I don't comment, I still read your posts and enjoy them. :)

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    1. Yeah, commenting back is hard for me. Mostly because I am not as caring as I sound on the Internet. Still, I'm glad you're enjoying what I've written. Thanks, Liz! :)

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    2. You're welcome. And I see I'm not alone. Like, I want to promote my blog, but I don't actually do a lot of blog reading. It takes a lot to interest me/keep me interested. And I don't want to force a comment if I have nothing nice/worthwhile to say. But that also comes from being crunched for time and having super finicky internet.

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    3. *nods* I think that's something that's part of the business blog model—to get people to come to you without really going to them. Forcing comments can be hard, and yes, time is definitely an issue. I'm starting to rethink #1 after all.

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  8. Great tips. I try to comment back when I can, but that isn't always possible for me, especially if I have nothing to say about a post. I also Iike drafting my posts for the week over the weekend so that I won't have to rush it. Obviously, that doesn't always work out because I either get too lazy or too busy. :/

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    1. *nods* And yeah, it's just a thought, probably not something for everybody. Drafting posts over the weekend is something I like to do too, and I appreciate having the extra time on the weekdays. Procrastinating is something I suffer from, though. Blah.

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Check it out, comments and stuff. I love to hear from readers, and I always respond to commenters! Here's the fun part—if you leave a link to your blog I'll show up and comment back. I have just one rule down here: Don't Be a Problem. This spans the entire umbrella of rudeness and crudeness, so I reiterate: Don't Be a Problem. Thanks for stopping by!