Blogger Etiquette

Blogger Etiquette responses from a range of different bloggers | Kaleidoscope Blog

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 tooSonia 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

 

Amanda Fuller

Founder at Kaleidoscope
Founder of Kaleidoscope - facets of blogging, womanhood and life, Amanda is on a heart-led quest to create a savvy resource for the modern day woman β€” a one-stop-shop overflowing with real life, been-there-done-that wisdom and curated inspiration.

About Amanda Fuller

Founder of Kaleidoscope - facets of blogging, womanhood and life, Amanda is a blogger on a heart-led quest to create a savvy resource for the modern day woman β€” a one-stop-shop overflowing with real life, been-there-done-that wisdom and curated inspiration. She is also a Graphic Designer at Amanda Fuller Designs and a woman who simply loves beautiful things.

21 thoughts on “Blogger Etiquette

  1. Hi Amanda,

    thank you for this article. I am a brand new, totally self taught blogger and really paranoid about what is “done” and “NOT done” in blogging world. When I read the title of your article I expected to find a load of things not to do, or worse, things I may have already inadvertently done! Instead I found it is all pretty straight forward and most things seem to come down to basic politeness and decency. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great advice for everyone to consider. I try to follow, share links and thank people . Sometimes we miss things in the crazy busyness.

  3. Hey Amanda, a wonderful article, which gives to think straight. So important is the culture of blogging and good manners, whose’re an example. Already I wrote that I love your blog, you have a lot of empathy and write everything to help others, you’re authentic in what you’re doing. Everything is light and not forced. I am a blogger is not as good as you, I have little comments, do not know why people prefer e-mail contact. Maybe because he writes about personal matters? But then the answer is often several times the same question. How do you think, how to encourage people to write comments, and do not email?
    Sorry for my English

  4. I really wish we could collectively forget this follow for follow rubbish. Honestly. I dont want to follow people who dont interest me and I cant stand it when people only follow me in the hopes Ill follow them back. Follow me cos you like what I do!

  5. Amanda, this was a really great post, and I hope you don’t mind that I share it with my followers as well. πŸ™‚
    I read all the input you got both in the Aussie Bloggers group and Blog Society, and it’s so nice to be reminded of these things once again in your post.
    I’m not always the best with responding to comments, but I am trying to get better at it because I know it’s the best way to build a community… and after all the community is one of the best parts of blogging.

    1. Thanks Andrea, I’m glad you liked the post! Of course I don’t mind you sharing it with your followers. Thanks so much! It is good to have a reminder every now and then. All the best with building your community!

  6. This is a great post. I don’t always think to reply to comments on my actual blog (though I always read and appreciate them), but I always visit the commenters’ blogs and comment there …. I guess if the person doesn’t have a blog though, that doesn’t help. I hadn’t thought of it that way. I just thought if I replied to every comment it looked like I was trying to boost my own comments! It means a lot to get a comment on my blog, so I always like to repay the favour. Having said that, I only comment if I have something meaningful to say, or something resonates with me.

    1. Bronnie thanks for your thoughts! I don’t think anyone would consider your replies to be a way of trying to boost your own comments. I know your readers would love replies to their comments. It might actually also encourage others to comment if they see that you respond to comments others leave! It’s all about building community!

  7. I just came across your blog today and wanted to send a big THANK YOU your way. I am just starting my journey as a new blogger (design in process), and seeking the do’s and dont’s of blogging. Looking forward to reading more….

    1. Oh thanks so much Corliss! It’s comments like this that are the reason behind why I blog! I love being able to help people along their journey! All the best with yours!

  8. It seems like you are already doing better on the whole responding to comments side of things! Handy tips and great post. It does leave out one of my biggest pet peeves though. If your a blogger and are going to be commenting on posts through out the blogger community take the time to make a gravatar account and take the time to keep it your profile there current. While most blogs don’t support showing your full profile, the majority do show your thumbnail. The thumbnail alone provides an additional personality to go along with your comment.

  9. Really enjoyed this Amanda……I am also very new and anxious to make sure I get on with other bloggers…..now please could you follow me (kidding! πŸ˜‰ )

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