Recently it has come to my attention that there is a certain blogger etiquette that I, as a blogging enthusiast should follow. I swear (holding hand up) I had no idea there were so many rules. I have been researching this topic as one of my MC's is going to be a professional blogger?
I was asking myself why does she blog. How long has she blogged? Do we have rules for professional bloggers?
I was very surprised when I found out there is a whole community of bloggers who think there should be rules for bloggers. In fact one blogger suggested drafting a bloggers bill of rights? (I apologize for not linking back to said blogger. After a while my head started to hurt.)
Really, Blogging etiquette? Who knew?
I don't know where the blogging police are located but based on some of the research I have done, I think they really do exist. I have never been very good with authority.
Rule #1. If someone comes to your blog and follows, you should reciprocate immediately.
Really? What if I don't like the content of their blog? Why do I have to go and follow them back? I didn't personally invite them to follow me, yes I realize that by posting to the world wide web I am "inviting" them, but you know what I mean. If this is the case what about all of the blogs that I follow because I like what they have to say. Not all of them follow me back. Am I supposed to stop following them because I don't get any blog love back? This was only one rule and already I am confused. Somebody hold me please.
The next rule that seemed to be big across the board was in regards to back linking. I agree with ideas of linking back to sites where you were mentioned, or where you received information you are using in a post. Give credit where credit is due. Especially if you use information garnered from said site.
After a couple of hours of research and a headache, I decided to create my own blogger etiquette handbook to use in said work in progress.
Since I am still working on what my blogging rules will be I would love to get feedback from you guys. What are your pet peeves when it comes to blogging and your fellow bloggers? Please share, I need inspiration here.