I've been blogging for many years now. I think I started when I was in high school. I started off on paper and then I graduated online. As I've written, blogging has evolved. It used to be about the writing. And it still is, sort of, but it also involves networking, having fabulous photos, and quality stories. There are thousands of bloggers out there and while most are perfectly friendly, there are some who clearly forget about having proper etiquette. No one is perfect, but there are some things that have bothered me. I know I'm guilty of doing some of these at one point, but I quickly learned, and hopefully other bloggers will too:
1. Not reading the rules of Facebook groups properly. For example, some state that a thread MUST be completed at a certain time the following day. But a lot of people don't bother. So then when people tag them about finishing, they come up with excuses. Look, life happens. But if you think you can't abide by rules, don't leave your link. Sometimes a thread will be forgotten now and again--it has happened to me--but finish it as soon as you see the tag and try not to let it happen again. Make a list of threads you have participated in or you can even click SAVE POST from the toggle on the right side.
2. Leaving comments like, "Great post!" or "I really like it!" on a blog. This is not cool. It basically means you didn't read a thing. It's okay to start with GREAT POST--I mean, I do it--but continue on. WHY is it great? What do you like about it? Likewise, don't just leave "Cool" or "Wow" or "This is really informative."
3. Not following through. Oh man, I see some bloggers leaving their links all over blogging groups and not completing. There are some names that I know won't reciprocate, so I skip them. Trust me, you have a reputation online. If you think people aren't noticing you not following through or constantly being late, you're wrong.
4. Leaving a comment on a blog or social media pages asking others to follow their blog. Stop it. If people like your blog, they'll follow it on their own. Don't be tacky.
5. Messaging people on Instagram or Twitter asking if they want to buy their product. Many do not. And do not start with "Hi Hon!" like we're old friends. Who are you? I once had to reply, "Hi Hon! No, I don't want your diet pills, I believe in carbs and chocolate!"
6. Having those annoying auto messaging if I like a Twitter page. I never read them and I find them irritating. I almost dread joining a Twitter Follow thread because I know I'll get those automated messages thanking me for following them and oh, if I like their Twitter feed, how about following them on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.
7. Linking up to my Hey, It's Okay post to a NON Hey It's Okay post. One chick had hers linked to a post about floors. I mean ??? It had nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. Stop doing that. Link up a PROPER post. When you join link ups, make sure you are following the rules. (If interested, I have Hey, It's Okay up every week!)
8. Leaving previews up when links are left on blogging Facebook threads. It clogs up everything. Many threads have rules saying to REMOVE PREVIEWS but people ignore it and say, "I don't know how." Well, Google is your friend. If you don't know how, perhaps stop leaving your link? I'm part of some groups who will simply delete your link with previews and people get so worked up over this. "Why was my link deleted?" Um, read the rules?
9. Blogs that have CAPTCHA or music can come across as irritating to readers. Most of the time I get the CAPTCHA wrong, and I won't try to figure it out more than three times. Not everyone has the same taste in music as you. Plus, some people forget to turn their speakers off, so please don't give a stranger a heart attack. Also, PS, don't have dozens of pop ups. If I have to click close more than two times, there's a problem.
Being a blogger can be difficult. People think all we do is write and reply to some comments, but it's not true. Many of us get paid to do this. We research, we edit, we take hours making sure a post looks as fabulous as it can be. But remember that other people are doing the same as you, so take the time to do the right thing.
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