Monday, August 08, 2005

 

Blog Etiquette

Assuming you are prone to be idle as me then at some point you would wonder what constitutes blogging etiquette.For example:

1.Is it impolite not to link (blogroll) those who have linked you?

2.If someone visits your site and leaves a comment-do you return the visit and do same?

3.On the other hand is it polite to lurk and not leave a comment? Ps,we wanna hear from you.

4.Is it rude to disable comments?

5.Should one try not to offend in the comments box?NB,not saying there should not be dissent

6.Are things like spell check,grammar and punctuation a big deal?

7.How often should you update?


Comments:
These are thought provoking questions. I don't always link back, but I don mention the new person in my blog. I tend to lurk a lot. Maybe it's my shy tendencies.
 
Interesting questions... About the only thing I would say is don't be rude to the blogger whose site you are commenting on. Disagree if you want but don't curse, insult, etc. If you don't like what he/she has said, vote with your computer.... just don't go back.

That said, if its the blogger who disses you, do whatevah you feel like!
 
I agree i use the same good manners like real life I try to visit anyone who visits me and link to the ones I like and leave nice comments. The real world is scary and negative so we don't need to bring ti to the blogpherse and as for the updating everyday I do it now because I have the time but when school starts in September I know i won't be able to its like a diary to me so the grammar and spelling is not too important to me, and i always refer to Tony Pierce how to blog advise.
 
These Qs have been asked many times before.

I personally try to visit the blogs of folks who come to my site. In some cases though, one may not always like the content of the site of one who has visted you. That certainly determines whether I keep returning to comment. If you don't see me hanging around leaving comments, then I'm not interested.

I don't have everyone that I read regularly linked (even if they have linked my site)...I just don't keep the blog that tidy to update links that regularly. Anyone who isn't linked but gets regular comments shouldn't have no hard feelings.

Disagreement is fine...but outta orda comments are not tolerated. Grammar and spelling has its place for me..certainly I find it hard to read blogs where thoughts seem haphazard and not to flow, or where one thought ends mid sentence....but then again, it all depends on the conetxt in which it is taken. Certainly, there is no one way to spell Caribbean dialect.
 
1. No, not unless there was an understanding that it was supposed to be reciprocal.

2. I try, but it's not always possible or desirable. If the comment was unpleasant in tone I just ignore it.

3. I don't think it's necessarily impolite. If you have nothing to say, you have nothing to say. However, if you are repeat lurker, you could at least say that you're a repeat lurker.

4. No, your blog is your blog, but disabling comments may discourage visits.

5. Don't say anything in a comment tool you wouldn't say in person and remember that, without non-verbal clues, some things don't translate well over the net.

6. Yes! Creative license only goes so far and someone has to read the bloody post.

7. That all depends on content; but blog readers are fickle, so if there are long gaps between posts you might want to put up a 'sticky' saying so.
 
Doughnut u haf enuf rulz in yer lyfe alreddie? Da moist empurtent ting wen blogin iss two bee yershelf, If dis means u cant spel, or yer html es badd, den sobe it.
Your questions are all subjective, most people would say that there are x-amount of 'commandments' when blogging... Whatever... Only you can chose which ones you 'obey', and this forms your own unique style.
All those questions can only be addressed sucessfully after you answer:
'What kind of person am I?' And 'What are my motivations for blogging/reading blogs?'
The diversity in people is what makes life interesting, it's the same on the Internet.
It's like stripping in front of your living room window... You pick your costume, music and do your routine... Some people will watch with mild curiosity, some will masturbate in the bushes... Some will call the cops... Can't please everyone...
 
I think its all subjective. I try to visit people who leave comments in my blog, but only if I have time. I try not to make it an obligation. I normally link to the blogs I like, which from my blogroll you can tell is a lot of folksies. Disabling comments is good if you are just getting the feel for blogging. Everybody doesn't blog to receive comments, some just want to clear their heads. The goal should be to just have fun. Now I'm going to blogroll you just because of this question. I think its very thought-provoking.
 
True thing,Trouble.But recently someone said something to me that sparked off the questions
 
1.Is it impolite not to link (blogroll) those who have linked you?
No. Sometimes it's just that to add a link is tedious. Also, if I don't go on a particular site regularly, I don't blogroll it.

2.If someone visits your site and leaves a comment-do you return the visit and do same?
I will go to the person's site, just to make sure is not a fraud site. I will read, and as Dr D says, if I dont check for the site, I wont return. Even if I like the site, I may not necessarily make a comment.

3.On the other hand is it polite to lurk and not leave a comment? Ps,we wanna hear from you.
I lurk quite a bit. I'm not a heavy commenter. Only if I feel compelled. I read just to keep myself abreast witih what everybody is doing in their life, even though I dont know them personally.

4.Is it rude to disable comments?
Not with all them spammers around. I dont blame anybody who disables comments.

5.Should one try not to offend in the comments box?NB,not saying there should not be dissent
You can say things that maybe the blogger will not agree with, but just be respectful.

6.Are things like spell check,grammar and punctuation a big deal?
Not on a blog. But in newspaper articles, it is. On a blog, I couldnt care less, but the font must be big enough to read. A couple of the blogs I visit, the font is really small and makes it difficult to read.

Also the colour font make s adifference to how easily I ican read theh blog.

Also the paragraphing is important. I have difficulty reading too much text in one paragraph.

7.How often should you update?
Whenever you bloody well want. I remember Owen saying people kept asking him why him dont update more often. So he write it plain for everyone to see...."updated weekly"
 
1.Is it impolite not to link (blogroll) those who have linked you?
So far I haven't. I probably should.

2.If someone visits your site and leaves a comment-do you return the visit and do same?
Usually.

3.On the other hand is it polite to lurk and not leave a comment? Ps,we wanna hear from you.
I like to hear from peeps but thats fine too.

4.Is it rude to disable comments?
I don't think it is rude to disable them.

5.Should one try not to offend in the comments box?NB,not saying there should not be dissent
Well I feel it's appropriate to respectfully disagree but it is certainly wrong to abuse someone through their blog comments box.

6.Are things like spell check,grammar and punctuation a big deal?
It has it's place.

7.How often should you update?
Everyday...I'm guilty of not complying with that statement
 
I think there are too many rules as it is... though at the same time it's ridiculous I think to visit someone's site and then bash them. I tend to not follow blog "etiquette" because in many ways I don't know them because I have just treated blogging as a free movement. I float in and read blogs some weeks avidly every day and other weeks go an entire week without reading a single blog. As to the grammar and punctuation hahah I leave off and where it shouldn't be etc etc, I tend to just type as fast as I can and let whatever might be flow out...sorry if its hard for y'all to read it :)
 
I enjoy your site and am a sometimes lurker who doesn't always leave comments even though I have linked back to your site, some others I have not.

humm... so what do our answers say about our Etiquette?
 
Falcon..It says y'all are arrite.
 
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