Recently, I've gotten some emails from friends and business associates who are new to blogging, and/or who are looking for ways to help their blogs grow. And I've noticed that the most frequently asked questions tend to be some version of "how can I be considered a good blogger within the community?" or "what kinds of things are considered proper blogging etiquette?". I was helping a friend with some of these questions over the weekend, and thought it would fun to do a post with my thoughts on this topic.
First, I want to mention that I don't necessarily think there is one set of blogging "rules" that apply to everyone. One of the most amazing things about the blogging community is the fact that we have the freedom to make our own rules, and to be individually creative in the way we choose to run our blogs. That said, I do have a few guidelines that I try to follow when considering the blogging community as a whole. These guidelines are just a few ways that I think we, as bloggers, can help our little space on the internet advance in a positive direction. Think of them as my top 5 simple and easy ways to "do the right thing," encourage a nurturing place for all of us to occupy and enjoy, and be the best blogger I can be.
This might seem obvious, but we've all gotten comments where the commenter says something like, "Great post. Check out my blog at ___________!" It's true - leaving comments is one way to get other bloggers to check out your blog. But never comment on a post specifically with the intention of directing others to your blog or website, especially without taking the time to read the post first. Getting comments from my readers is one of my favorite parts of being a blogger. It helps me learn which types of posts people are most interested in reading and allows for interactive discussion. It also makes me really happy to get feedback on a post that I spent a lot of time writing and designing. If we all take the time to really read posts before commenting, we're making a contribution to our community, and doing our part to help blogs improve and grow.
Etsy Blog Team or Independent Fashion Bloggers. Share links to blogs that you love in your posts from time to time. Guest post on other blogs, and invite other bloggers to guest post on yours. Reach out to other blogs you love, and send them emails letting them know you appreciate their work. Don't be scared to send emails to your favorite bloggers asking for advice (just be sure to send a simple "thank you" email back if they are able to respond). Participate in or organize local blog meet ups, or, if you're able, attend blog conferences. The more we connect, the stronger we become!
So these, my blogging friends, are my thoughts on how we can all contribute positively to the community and be the best bloggers we can be. I hope that they're helpful! I'd love to hear your thoughts, so please feel free to ask questions, and to share other tips that you may have as well.