I hope you're having a beautiful day so far, and if not, I hope it gets better for you :)
I've wanted to write about this for a while, but kept procrastinating for one reason or another. Sometimes I'd ask myself who gave me the right or confidence to think that I had any advice to give. At other times, I figured that as a new-ish blogger, and not enough years, experience, blog views, I was certainly not an expert and definitely in no position to dole out blogging tips. Yes, I admit I have insecurities about my blog - in fact, I may share it in another post. But the bottom line was that, I didn't think I had anything to offer.
However, that isn't true. The fact that I've gotten more than one email asking for advice, and others reaching out to me, means that the blog has impacted at least one person in a positive manner. And with that, I think it's good enough for me to share some tips.
Without further ado, here are my tips on Blogging Etiquette. This is for bloggers.
- Acknowledge your readers.
What I mean by this is that unless you have a private blog, chances are that you have an audience. From my experience, your readers are more prone to come back repeatedly if they feel a connection with you. The only way they can feel that connection is if you acknowledge them. It can be as simple as a greeting at the beginning of your post, or responding to reader comments (as I like to do), and even asking them to share their experiences with you in the comments.
- Connect with fellow bloggers.
Before I go on, I have to say that I haven't done the best job with this particular point, but permit me to go on. I can confidently say that majority of your blog's commenters are bloggers themselves. More often than not, they will leave a link in their comments. I do try as much as possible to click on blog links that I've seen repeatedly in my comments. I may not actively follow all the blogs in return, but I do check them out once in a while. I even visit blog links from comments on OTHER blogs I visit. Of course, not every blog will appeal to you, but it doesn't hurt to visit every now and then. If any of their posts resonates with you, feel free to leave a comment.
- Link back.
What I mean here is that if you're putting up a post based on something you directly saw on another blog, it's good manners to link back to that blog or website. It's a different thing if you're seeing the same post on multiple blogs - e.g. a What's In My Bag post. However if it's a specific or unique post that's inspired you, do well to post a link back. In fact, left to me, if you're going to mention another blogger in your post, it's nice to put up their link as well.
- Don't spam
This goes back to leaving comments on blog posts, as well other social media like Instagram or Facebook. Let's be honest, at least once in our blogging lives, we haven't really contributed a meaningful comment to a blog post, but only wrote a comment just so we could leave our blog link there. To be perfectly honest, it can be a little irritating if all you're seeing from someone is "Nice post. Follow me," across your different social media accounts.
Again, I'm no expert on blogging, but these are just a few things I thought to share.
Do you have any other tips?