Bloggers, especially parent bloggers, are super busy people. I know because I am one. Writing posts is only a tiny part of blogging. Promoting your blog, watermarking photos, joining memes/linkys/blog hops, comping, guest posting, designing layout, editing photos and videos, SEO, liaising with brands… I could go on but I’m sure you get the picture.
However, my nerves are starting to grate a little, by well established bloggers who don’t seem to appreciate their readers or give a damn about courtesy. I would like to think that I blog with etiquette…
I read at LEAST ten other blogs per day & I love finding newbies.
If I identify with a post, enjoy reading or it gets a reaction out of me, I always comment. (There are some blogs I can’t due to browser issues – sorry about that). I comment because I love receiving comments myself.
When someone comments on my blog it makes me smile. I may not reply straight away but I try my best to reply to all comments. I think this shows my appreciation for someone taking the time, thoughtfulness and care to comment. If I have the time and the commenter also has a blog – I have a read of theirs. I don’t even mind when other bloggers pimp their links in my comments. I even offer comment luv to enable them to do so.
I’ve discovered the reason I lose so much of my time to Twitter… I always try to reply, favourite or retweet as many of the tweets I get, as possible. I also try to follow back as many as possible. I hit that favourite button (and the G+ button on G+) as often as the like button on Facebook. I am a liking, plussing, favouriting, commenting, tweeting nutjob!
On Klout if someone gives me +K I try to give some Klout back.
I don’t want to just be a “broadcaster”. I want to engage people. Inspire and positively provoke.
I don’t write sponsored posts and I limit my reviews… Because whilst my blog is primarily for myself, I have a lot more loyal readers than I ever imagined I’d get, and I don’t want to bore them.
One of my fave blogs now posts 2 sponsored posts and a review for every personal post… It’s boring. I don’t read that blog anymore. One or two RELEVANT sponsored posts and they’d have kept me as a reader.
All the above are things I consider to show some blogging courtesy.
It really gets my goat when I repeatedly comment on a blog and tweet the blogger and get no reply. Ever. It makes me feel that I’m not valued as a reader. You know what – if you don’t like me, block me on Twitter and I’ll get the message!
So… Thankyou SO much to those of you who take the time out of your hectic day to read my blog. Thankyou even more to those who have the compassion to comment and reply to my comments on your blog. Thankyou to those who get involved in linkies and promote competitions or giveaways. Thankyou to all my amazing friends on Twitter, Facebook and G+. All those simple things you do, make my day.
To those who ignore your commenters and subscribers… What was your name again?