When I first began blogging, everyone in my little Blogger community was so sweet. That’s the only way I know how to describe them. We all did our crafts, shared pictures, sold things on Etsy, and left encouraging comments. It was the best! I never really felt like there were rules because we were all just figuring this blogging thing out. But now the blogging world is bigger than ever and since several of us tie our blogs to our businesses, practicing good etiquette is more important than ever. Read on for five things I think we all should keep in mind when engaging with our readers and fellow blogger friends.
1. Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
If you use images or any form of content that isn’t your own, always leave a link to the owner. And make sure it’s okay in the first place to share their work. This is not only a respectful thing to do; it’s a legal issue as well. Nobody has time to get caught up in a lawsuit over a blog image.
2. Don’t leave spam-like comments
When you leave a comment on someone’s blog post, it’s totally okay to link back to your own site. Of course you want people to visit your blog – we all do! Just make sure that your comment is thoughtful and doesn’t come off as a ploy to get followers, and you’ll be golden.
3. Reciprocate the love
I hope you never feel like you have to follow back every single blogger or Instagrammer who follows you. You should definitely stick to what inspires you. Still, it’s a really kind gesture to acknowledge when someone compliments your work or reaches out to you. For example, when someone leaves a nice (non-spammy) comment on your blog, let them know that you appreciate it. It’ll make their day. :)
4. Be honest about your expertise
Whenever I want to know anything about blogging, coding, or design, I look to bloggers who consider themselves experts in those fields. If you’re passionate about sharing your knowledge with the rest of the world, honestly, thank you! However, it’s okay not to have it all figured out and not to be an expert in certain areas. Be genuine about what you know and don’t be afraid to admit when you’ve got a little more to learn. We’re all in the same boat.
5. Be inspired, but never steal
Do you ever find yourself emulating the style of someone you admire without even realizing it? I do! All the time, especially with what I wear. On the interwebs, it’s more than okay to admire someone’s blog content, design, etc. But it is so important to change it up and create a style that is your own. When someone else’s work is copied, people notice and things get messy. See tip #1.
Do you think these are important practices to keep in mind? If you have anymore tips on blogging etiquette, please feel free to share them in the comments!