Blogiquette – 7 Simple Blogging Manners To Adhere By (Well, I think so, anyway!)

It’s very easy to become a little self-absorbed when you first start a blog.

  • You want to write things that people like.
  • You want followers.
  • You want to be discovered.
  • You want loads of comments and shares, to prove popularity.

Sure, there are blogs that manage to achieve that kind of fame and notoriety… but it’s not easy.

We all have to start somewhere, and like most of you will have been taught from birth, good manners count for a lot. In life, we have that etiquette to follow. We know about out pleases and thank yous. Respecting others. showing compassion and humility.

It’s the same in the Blogosphere.

Except here you have Blogiquette to learn.

It’s not much different to what you do in real life, but obviously, it’s via the interweb, so you need a few tweaks!

You don’t want to be known as the pompous one who thinks they are better than everyone, so, here are the 7 Rules of Blogiquette I think are important to be a considerate, and polite blogger.

  1. If someone has taken the time to comment on a post of yours, be sure to acknowledge, and reply back. There’s nothing worse than leaving a comment, and not even getting a smiley face back, if not a response! Equally, if you want comments, make the effort to read and comment on other bloggers posts. Building that rapport is essential.
  2. This one may be kinda hard at the beginning, but don’t think that following for follows is a good idea. Soon enough you’ll have a thousand blogs clogging up your reader, and possibly your email account, and there is no way you can really read even half that many blogs regularly! Then you are faced with the awful task of  (shock horror!) unfollowing because it got too much! (Been there done that, got the tee-shirt and wrote the post!). And just because you follow someone, there is no guarantee they will follow you back. They say that if you have even 10% of your followers liking your post, you’re doing great! I have nearly 5000 WP followers and yet my highest amount of likes has never hit more than 150 on a single post, and that is very rare… and nowhere near my 10%! Follow blogs you find interesting, inspiring, individual. You are more likely to build the rapport that your Blogily needs by following and interacting with blogs like these.
  3. Sometimes you read a post but don’t comment, because you don’t have anything to add to a discussion. At least ‘like’ the post so the blogger knows you read and appreciated the time and effort they put into the post. I have to do this often, as I simply cannot comment on all the posts I read. My ‘like’ is not an empty one, it is an acknowledgement!
  4. If you write a post after reading something that inspired you on another post, do the courtesy of crediting that blogger. Link back to their original post, and acknowledge that an idea sprouted from reading something they read. There is nothing more humbling for a blogger than reading a post that was inspired by something they wrote, but if they aren’t referred to, then they’ll never know they did that.
  5. If someone takes the time to reblog your post, or you find out they ‘pressed’ you, take the time to thank them for the share. It doesn’t take up too much time, in fact, WP will email you if you are reblogged, so there is no excuse for missing them. A simple message of thanks acknowledges the fact that they have appreciated your work enough to repost it!
  6. Once you get started with blogging, you may write a guest post on another blogger’s space. It is a big thing for a blogger to happily allow someone else to take control of their blog for a post. Write with respect, and make sure you follow the comments on that post so you can answer and thank people for reading you over on another blog! Reblog that post on yours by all means but try to shut the comments on your reblog, so the dialogue happens on your guest post!
  7. And finally, a biggie. Try not to link drop in comments! It’s probably one of the biggest bug-bears for a lot of bloggers I know. We all want to be able to showcase our posts, but by typing, “Hi! Nice Post! Here’s mine!” followed by a random link, is usually a surefire way to end up either in the spam bin, or getting your comment deleted! You find some bloggers run threads where you can leave links, that is fine. There are times when you read something that resonates, and maybe you wrote something yourself previously that would interest the blogger who wrote it. Comment on their post and maybe ask, if they’d like to read something you wrote that may be of interest to them. Alternatively, send it by their ‘Contact Me’ page, so it goes to their mailbox, rather than in the comments.

And there you have it!

These are the rules I try to live by. Things I have learned as I have established myself on the blogging circuit, and I don’t think I have offended anyone so far!

I’m sure others operate with different thoughts in mind. If you have anything to add, please let me know!

Have a wonderful Monday!

293 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. crystalwilliamsud
    Jan 20, 2018 @ 12:56:07

    Thanks this is really good advice. I am trying to get the hang of blogging

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  2. Radhika Acharya
    Jan 19, 2018 @ 04:23:59

    Nice tips dear. Although I have been following them before its a good reminder.
    And you call 150 likes at an average per post as small?!!!!!! 🙂 🙂

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  3. Vashti Q
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 23:01:09

    Very good tips, Ritu! A couple of things that bother me is when the blogger’s name is nowhere to be found on the post or blog and when the posts are not dated. Sometimes I run across posts on Twitter or Facebook that intrigue me, but when I click to read the post there’s no date. I don’t know if the post was written today or two years ago. Please date each post. 😀 xx

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  4. Habiba Bien
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 20:33:34

    Reblogged this on Byba Peaches and commented:

    Great Blogiquette tips. I concur with all except for the last one. Not entirely at least. It’s interesting reading each others’ posts just to ‘nudge’ a fellow blogger on that topic. Like a way of ‘conversing’/socializing through blog related posts. I get how it can get annoying though.

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  5. Habiba Bien
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 20:26:33

    Thankfully, I am not that bad as per your posts. However, the ‘here’s mine’ bit.. I find it interesting reading each others’ posts just to nudge a fellow blogger on that topic. Like a way of ‘conversing’ through blog related posts. I get how it can get annoying though. Great tips… very straight up.

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    • Ritu
      Jan 18, 2018 @ 20:48:32

      Thank you for your comments! It’s okay if it’s once in a while, however if everyone did it constantly your comments would just be full of links! It gets more frustrating if you have a larger following and lots of people link drop. However at the start, when you have a smaller community to manage… then yes it is hugely beneficial to get to know new bloggers 😊

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  6. Simon
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 19:42:13

    There’s some good advice in there I wish I had when I started. ☺️

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  7. mistybooks
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 14:46:46

    Something that’s always puzzled me on Twitter. If someone retweets you tweet is it good manners to go and retweet that post again? It seems wrong somehow (although I do do it sometimes 😳)
    All good points here.

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    • Ritu
      Jan 18, 2018 @ 16:08:11

      Lol! Twitter etiquette (or Twetiquette!) I have no understanding of! If someone tweets a post of mine, I will retweet their tweet. If they retweet one of mine, I like it!

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  8. Ivy
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 14:46:44

    This is really important to know great for new bloggers and great to just refresh on.

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  9. balroop2013
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 14:39:30

    May I add one? Avoid pop ups to compel signing up! 🙂

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  10. Jennifer
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 14:23:48

    Yes. Blogiquette. I love that word and I try my best to live up to every rule.

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  11. thebigmoneysaver
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 13:44:37

    All excellent points, Ritu! Thank you for this post.

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  12. Losing the Plot
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 12:55:12

    Excellent advice, and it’s allerted me to something I ought to go and fix. 🙏

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  13. TheDMDiaries
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 12:41:07

    Thanks for sharing these! I’ll definitely be more cognizant of my blogiquette moving forward❣️

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