Blogging ‘Etiquette’

I’ve been blogging for about 10 months – how the time flies! I think back to when I started and I had no clue whatsoever. I thought blogging was as simple as stringing some words together and clicking ‘publish’. Little did I know that there is such a thing as ‘blogging etiquette’.

Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way:

1. Proofread your post before publishing – not once but twice (at least)! 

2. Check your spelling, grammar and punctuation;

3. Check your formatting, especially when pasting contents from somewhere else: line spacing, font type and size, letter spacing, etc, can go array;

4. Reconsider the length of your sentences, and the post: at times so much more can be said using less words;

5. Watch your language;

6. Don’t copy someone else’s content – acknowledge your sources;

7. Think about your subject matter and the relevance to the forum;

8. Show some TLC – Tweet, Like and Comment other bloggers posts!

9. Remember that your posts AND comments contribute to your personal brand;

10. Be respectful to other bloggers and commenters;

11. Remain truthful to yourself and your integrity;

12. Engage your readers;

13. If you are going to ‘have a rant’ about something, try breathing before publishing your post by saving and revisiting it when you have cooled down – it’s amazing what a difference it makes.

Do you have any other tips on ‘blogging etiquette’?

Remember that blogging is a journey on which we all learn from each other.

32 thoughts on “Blogging ‘Etiquette’

  1. Who knew? Thank goodness these are common sense for the most part or I might have been doing it all wrong! I have to admit having that sinking feeling just as I clicked “publish” and then having to make corrections.

    Nice list.

  2. Hello, you’ve got a great list there. I reckon blogging regularly could be added to the list. I don’t mean becoming enslaved to blogging (we all have lives after all…well I hope). It’s just polite to let your readers know if they can expect the blog to be sporadic or if you are shutting it down.

  3. I agree with your list. One thing that bloggers do too is to have an FCC disclaimer about what links and such that earn them money. I have to create mine, so I’m not an expert on this 🙂

    I abandoned a couple of my previous blogs…oops. Heehee!

    • Hi Lisa,
      That’s interesting. I hadn’t come across that yet (or I hadn’t paid attention to it…eek). Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to look into that one more.

  4. Not sure it’s etiquette as much as common sense but if you do want comments, tweets, likes and shares, make it easy for us.(Like you do Janine.) Nothing drives me crazier than when I’d like to tweet for someone and they make it difficult for me to do it.

  5. Good checklist Janine! I am seeing as more online business professionals, entrepreneurs are learning how to be ‘social’ online, there is more respect for each other. If we all continue to maintain this positive and forward thinking, it will help us all to become more successful.

  6. Hey Janine,
    This is such an incredible lesson. I have to start reading my posts twice. What I used to do earlier was get my blog posts read by someone before actually posting it. If they got bored, chances are many will get bored. So, it is having a critic for your work.

    Also, now I find out who has shared my posts on twitter/facebook and thank them. Always make your readers feel special, because they are special!

  7. Great post thanks for sharing. You have a great layout here. I find blogging very useful. You can help other people in the network to get started with their own little blog setups.
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  10. Wow! You’re an expert blogger indeed, Janine! A couple points from your list that I should probably spend more time on are looking at sentence length and making sure that I’m engaging my readers! I like how Hajra had someone read it to check for “boringness.” That’s such a good idea! I should probably pay more attention to how zing-y my blog posts are!

    Thanks for bringing this up, Janine! =)

  11. Found your blog through Linkedin group. Some really good points in your article. One more point that I was guilty of is NOT to write your blog article’s title in Capitals. Apparently, googlesearch doesn’t pick it up – not sure how true this is.

  12. Okay I am a bit late leaving a comment. Good points Janine especially the one about respect. It seems to me that blogging has brought out the critical side of people’s nature. What they don’t realise it often reflects badly back on them especially if a comment is not backed up with anything but opinion.

    • Oh Susan you aren’t late thanks for stopping by as I know u busy. I totally agree with what you have said. I know I’m blessed up to now to have a lot of wise knowledgable commenters – apart from those i dismiss as spammers – but have read and heard of others that just like to provoke to get a rise out of other bloggers or who just don’t think – or just play the ‘ratings’ game and don’t think before commenting.

  13. Fantastic post. Your description of blog etiquette is really engaging and easy to read. I’m definitely going to apply these rules when I think about blogging, although mine’s a very niche blog.

  14. HA! I absolutely believe in walking away from a rant for one day and come back to see if you still feel as passionate as before. It is always a good idea to have a cooling off period…always.

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