My confession; twenty months ago I didn’t know what a blogger was. Glad to say that has changed and today I do consider myself a part-time sporadic blogger. Do I love blogging? The simple answer is yes. Why do I love blogging? In one word; connecting. Connecting with others that relate to the words I have written in a post and vice versa. I too connect with the words written by another blogger. Sometimes an avid discussion may occur in the comments, different points of view offer insights into a topic I may have just been discussing solely from what I know. In hearing a variety of opinions; it helps my work, my studies and opens my mind to what readers are thinking and feeling on particular subjects. It gives me a bigger picture. It shows me what it may be like in someone else’s shoes.
Amazingly I receive a fair amount of emails asking me questions about blogging. Hence this post. As far as I am aware there are still NO blogging rules. There are thousands of social media posts that state they have the blogging rules yet many seem to miss the main point of blogging which I personally believe and that’s connecting with your readers on a level that is genuine and honest. So what I’m saying next is no Holy Grail but points I have found useful and it may answer some of my readers questions. I am not recommending any particular solutions, apps, plugins because that is way out of my comfort zone and knowledge. I am not avery organised person and much like my life I blog a bit all over the place and fleet from one subject to the next, you can take what you like from this post or take nothing at all.
Unofficial Blogging My Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t have Captcha on your blog. Do find another method of preventing spam or moderating comments. Captcha stops many readers from commenting, some are impossible to read especially on a phone.
- Do respond to comments if you have time. It is appreciating your reader and a connection. Everyone is looking for some kind of connection.
- Do jump in and write about the major controversial topics – the headlines but don’t jump in all the time. It can drain and consume you.
- Do acknowledge another blogger if their blog post prompted your current blog post and let that blogger know via twitter or email, this is manners.
- Don’t copy and take other bloggers photos or quotes and pass them of as your own with no credit back to the source.
- Don’t keep looking for the optimum time to post there isn’t one. Do hit publish at any time social media is 24/7.
- Do join link parties for more readers. Don’t join link parties and not comment on the other linked up posts.
- Do have a plugin that helps readers share your post, some may not comment and a share is great. Don’t harass a reader to share.
- Do look at where your comments are from is it mainly other bloggers or people that don’t blog.
- Don’t keep looking at numbers, it really is about quality over quantity. Do keep writing and connecting.
- Do check with PR company when doing a sponsored post how may other bloggers are on the same campaign. It would be great to see sponsored posts/giveways on the same topic spread out a little
Unofficial Twitter Do’s and Don’t
- Don’t have automated Direct Message as a personal blogger because there is nothing personal about it. I understand social media and businesses using it as they are selling a service.
- Don’t be an egg head. Do have a photo, logo, any thing but an egg head.
- Don’t just have your blog link there. Do have a brief bio. I want to know a little bit about who you are before we connect.
- Don’t get offended if you don’t always get response when you tweet someone. Twitter is similar to a very busy party, sometimes you stay, sometimes you observe, sometimes you just drop in and leave. Therefore some tweets get missed, some may be ignored, it should not be a big deal. If you feel personally upset that someone does not respond to your tweets, unfollow or keep trying but don’t take it personally.
- Don’t have your Facebook and Twitter linked. It creates double tweets. The link does not always work “error finding page”. You cannot LIKE on Twitter, so when you have an update on Facebook that stay click LIKE or LINK in the comments, neither of these actions can be actioned on Twitter.
- Don’t have full on accusation/slanging matches on Twitter. Do follow on if you feel the need in private, there is email.
- Don’t succumb to buying followers or following team follow backs. YES people buy followers. It increases their statistics for their media kits and for PR work. For me they lose their credibility and a genuine follower. When you jump from a small number of followers to 10,000 overnight, something sits uneasy with me. I appreciate it may be difficult to keep track of who follows you but having over 50% Fake followers will not increase your readership. Tiny Savages has a great post here that goes into more depth with further links. To check your current status of followers http://fakers.statuspeople.com
- Don’t keep asking for RT’s. If your post connects with someone they know they can RT. Do ask for RT’s for charities, abused kids, lost kids etc..
- Do keep sourcing for readers, they are not all on Twitter. There are many bloggers on Twitter, personally I struggle to write my own posts and reading other blogs.
- Do RT when you like a post or an update. Personally I don’t tweet a blogger to say I commented on their post, they can see that on their own blog post.
Facebook Do’s and Don’t
- Don’t snap shot another pages quotes. Do use the SHARE button which gives credit where credit is due.
- Don’t take someone else’s quote and make up your own picture using their quote.
- Do read a question thoroughly. Do give advice, don’t give judgement.
- Don’t keep posting on someone else wall all about your business or blog. Do message them and ask if they can share for you.
- Don’t believe that if you block/unfriend someone they cannot see your updates, they can if they try hard enough.
- Do check your age setting on your Facebook page if linked to your blog. Not all Facebook updates and linked blogs are appropriate for a kid to stumble upon.
- Don’t just add a blog link once a week. Do interact with your likers. Your likers are your readers.
- Do have fun with your updates. Do ask questions. Don’t be down on numbers connecting is more important.
- Don’t over analyse that your lost some likers after an update or blog post.
- Do shout out some of your favourite pages. Don’t shout out and expect a return shout out. Do things out of kindness and no expectations.
Please fee free to add anything to the lists, or if I am totally out of touch with what I have said please let me know.
Are you going to check who you followers are ?