There are things some bloggers do that drive others blogger crazy, I mean REALLY ANNOY the pants off other bloggers, and there are other things that all bloggers seem to love and appreciate that other bloggers do.
How do I know this? It’s not just my personal opinion from over 5 years blogging. I asked. I asked a whole bunch of bloggers to tell me what they love seeing other bloggers do and what they consider to be poor blogger form.
There were two obvious winners:
Blogger Etiquette Do: Respond to comments.
It seems it is universally loved by all bloggers, big and small, when another blogger takes the time to respond to comments left on their blog or social media. The feeling is that if a reader has taken the time and effort to leave a comment, then they definitely deserve a response. Of course, there are exceptions to this. Such as: if you’re a blogger who receives hundreds of comments a day you’re simply not going to be able to reply to them all. Other exceptions are spam comments don’t deserve a response, and short comments such as “cool photo” or “I like this post” don’t really leave you with much to say in response.
This is an area I am working on. I’m not always great with responding to comments, but I am certainly working on it!
It is especially important to respond to the comments in which people ask you a question or are genuinely adding to the conversation.
Blogger Etiquette Don’t: Expect a follow for a follow.
This was the number one dislike for all the bloggers I asked. Do not ever leave a message or comment or email asking a blogger to follow you simply because you follow them!
We get it, you might be new and are desperate to grow your following, but this is not the way to do it. This kind of interaction actually drives other bloggers away from reading your blog or viewing your profile. It is seen as a nuisance and chances are some bloggers may even block you as a spam account.
It’s actually not doing you any favours in growing your list either. You want to grow you list by engaging people who love your content; people who follow you because they are interested in what you have to say, not just grow numbers for the sake of big numbers.
So don’t ask other bloggers to follow your accounts. Engage with them, start online conversations and let your interest in them spark an interest in you. Also don’t get upset if you follow someone and do the above, yet they don’t follow you. That’s ok. They have the right to choose who’s content they want filling their feed, just like you do. Finally, don’t feel obliged to follow everyone who follows you. Just follow those you are interested in seeing more from.
Responses from Bloggers on Blogger Etiquette:
I don’t mind if people link back to their blog at the end of a genuine comment, because I enjoy checking them out. Widens your scope and allows you to build blogging relationships! – Shae Barry
Not thanking those for sharing your work [is bad blogger etiquette]. – Carly Findlay
Cyber bullying. Can’t stand it. Treat others like they way you wish to be treated. Or really the way you wish your child to be treated when they are on social media. – Jac Lee
There are some beautifully kind (established) bloggers out there that seem to seek out and encourage new bloggers with comments. I think that’s really lovely. – Robyna May
Pay it forward. Everyone has to start somewhere and any help and encouragement when you are starting out is so awesome. Once you are established, pay it forward and help other new bloggers find their feet too – Sonia Stackhouse
I dislike when bloggers don’t credit regrams or recommendations. I also think when someone tags you in a post you should like it, especially if it is about you! I love when Bloggers give credit or shout out to other Bloggers, it shows professionalism, kindness and camaraderie. – Jen Curcio
Etiquette is so lacking in general! Replying to comments is a big one, I see these as conversations, if someone takes the time to leave something on your blog it is so respectful to respond | Also replying to emails, such a simple yet under-utilised courtesy | Kindness and more kindness, changes the world and I wish more bloggers knew that the more you give, the more you receive, also a wonderful learning for life in general – Lisa Humphries
I love it when people share info and opportunities without payment or simply because they want to tap into the true meaning of “blog community/society” – Bek Lambert