4 MORE Blogging Etiquette Rules You Don’t Know You Are Breaking

Welcome to my series “How to NOT Suck at Blogging.”  I decided to start this after numerous requests for written tutorials from bloggers I have helped.  The title is meant to be a joke, but if you suck at blogging (like I did when I first started) I hope you are able to find some useful and helpful information in the series. If not, well, don’t say I never did nothing nice for ya!

4 More Blogging Etiquette Rules You Don't Know You're Breaking

Last week I gave you a list of four blogging etiquette rules that you probably didn’t even know you were breaking.  This week, I have four more for you. These rules might seem simple or silly, but they are the most common rules I see getting broken by new bloggers who don’t know any better and seasoned bloggers who SHOULD know better.

  1. Don’t comment on stuff for the sole purpose of gaining a new follower.  I love getting comments.  But when a comment simply says, “Hi, I’m following you now, follow me at XYZ” I’ve already lost interest.  Comments are wonderful, but using them as a sole means to sell your blogs to others is rude.  The only exception to this rule is for linkups.  Many linkup hosts (myself included) request that you comment and say hello if you are new to the linkup so they can follow you.  The rest of the time, you come across as a jerk.  This rule also applies to social media.  Don’t comment on other fan pages with a link to your own post unless that is what the post asks for.  It’s the equivalent of spamming people, friends.
  2. Always ask permission before using something that doesn’t belong to you.  If you don’t own the image, don’t use it unless the owner says ok (I’ll discuss copyright laws at length later).  Don’t borrow quotes or really, anything without someone saying they are ok with it.  While it’s not uncommon to quote people, if you do, the very least you can do is give credit (remember rule 2?)  I often try to tag people or email them to let them know they inspired something or even just that I shared something of theirs if it’s not something I needed permission to use.  I’ve only been asked to remove a link back to someone’s blog ONCE in the five years I’ve been doing this.
  3. If you set up a mailing list, DO NOT spam people.  As a general rule of thumb, don’t take email addresses from your own linkups and subscribe people to emails to your posts.  While it is common practice to add people who participate in linkups to a mailing list, it IS NOT one that sends them daily post from you.  Typically the ok list to add a linkup email to is a reminder email list for your linkup and that is pretty much it.  Maybe a miscellaneous email here and there, but the only people who should get your blog posts in their inbox are those who specifically signed up for that individual service.  I personally offer two separate mail lists for this reason, one is a linkup reminder and the other is for those who want to get my posts in their inbox.
  4. If you commit to something, commit to it.  I get it, we bloggers can be a flaky bunch, myself included in that.  But here’s the deal folks, there is a difference between being a little flaky and being down right rude.  If you know you can’t fulfill your obligation, tell the other blogger as far in advance as possible, especially if it’s something like a feature, a guest post in a series, or a giveaway.  Those are things that take effort and planning by the blogger who is hosting.  It can cause a massive kink in their plans and really screw things up if you bail at the last minute.  Especially if the blogger is hosting a giveaway that is sponsored by an outside brand.  Bloggers who have those relationships build them by being trustworthy and reliable.   You bailing last minute doesn’t just make more work and trouble for the hosting blogger, but can possibly damage the relationship they have with their sponsor.

About A Girl

A Girl is a 20 something blogger who began blogging in 2008 as a means of coping with a deployment. She is a Veterinary Technician by trade and loves her work in Emergency and Critical Care. She is married to a 11 year veteran of the USMC reserves, whom she meet shortly after he returned from a deployment. They have been married for four years, have three, very bratty dogs, and are currently trying to muddle through the aftermath of a difficult deployment for both.

16 thoughts on “4 MORE Blogging Etiquette Rules You Don’t Know You Are Breaking

  1. Thank you so much for this help. I ran across it when I was looking for information about what to do when someone “follows” my page. I’m so grateful when that happens I was wondering if I should thank the person? Although my question is not answered here, some of my other faux pas were addressed. Thanks again.
    Barbara Rath recently posted…Children’s ChortlesMy Profile

  2. I so agree about the “Hi. I’m following you so follow me back.” How is that social? Let’s follow each other for the right reason — great content!
    Divorced Kat recently posted…My 6 Tips to Financially Prepare for DivorceMy Profile

  3. I’m staying up way too late reading this series, and getting over strep throat. I SO AGREE with these, especially #1. I find those. “I followed you. Now follow me back” posts to be quite obnoxious. Then you go to their blog and it’s nothing more than an endless stream of giveaways. (That’s my personal pet peeve!) You have a great blog. I’ve also been a military wife for 11 years.
    April Momoffour recently posted…Our Nightmare Before ChristmasMy Profile

    • I try not to spam people with my email list. I use it to remind people of the linkup they participated in, but haven’t ever used it for anything else. Definitely NOT blog posts. Hate that!

  4. I’m visiting from the SITs link-up. I was cruising your list, patting myself on the back until I hit photo credits…hot damn, I forgot them in my latest post! You’re right about how important it is. Maybe it will be in your copyright post but what if it’s in the public domain? My guess is that it’s still nice to credit the site where you found it.

    Totally, agree about the follow you/follow me etiquette. For one thing, I only follow blogs that I read regularly or my mailbox would be overflowing. I don’t base ‘follow’ decisions on one post (but I will be back to see what else you have to say!)
    Catherine recently posted…November in PicturesMy Profile

  5. Great list another thing people do is sign me up for their email newsletter without my permission I will follow them one day and then the next day I have email coming from them like whaaaaaa. Stopping over from SITS

  6. Okay, *phew* None of those rules I’m breaking thankfully. I’ve been known to make a few mistakes (who hasn’t?) here and there but I learn from them. Thanks for sharing great tips! We all need the reminder from time to time.

    Stopping by via SITS by the way. =) Have a great weekend!
    Kim recently posted…Day 2: Holy Crap I’m 33!My Profile

  7. These are great rules that more people should follow! When I get those “Great blog! Follow me back?!!” comments I honestly wonder if they work as good publicity for anyone…
    Rachel G recently posted…Beloved DifferencesMy Profile

    • yeah, that’s one I don’t really understand and sometimes I get that comment from the same person on multiple posts. It’s probably one of my least favorite things that new bloggers do.

  8. First off, Semper Fidelis. I was a Marine from 12 Sep 99 to 13 Sep 03. Miss it most days. Except the running. That sucked.

    Anyway, about your post: your numbers 2 and 3 resonate with me. Personally, I’ve had work stolen. And, there really wasn’t much I could do about it because they were in a different country.

    And, I get spam all the time. Listen, just because you require my email address to comment on your post doesn’t mean I want to know every time you brush your teeth. Don’t send me anything unless I ask for it.

    Thanks for the good read,

    Josh recently posted…Blogging with a learning disability: 5 tips to being a successful bloggerMy Profile

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