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.

What advise would you give new bloggers?


Computer keyboard, view from down

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This is a blatant request for information so that I can use the (hopeful) variety of responses in some tools I am putting together to help young bloggers in Australia.

In case you don’t know, I’m the Blogging Coordinator for www.emergen.com.au. Emergen is a collaborative community based in Australia aimed at activating emerging young leaders. I got involved with the community mid-last year after posting my first ever blog post on the site. Since then I’ve gone on to start my own blog (this one), have connected with so many wonderful bloggers throughout the world, have started running Blogging for a Cause events, have participated in creating an e-book (soon to be released), and have started putting together some educational tools and training materials as part of my role as the Blogging Coordinator – of which I ‘ve been doing for a few months. It has been a challenging, inspiring, exciting and scary time…and has opened my mind so that I actually have a wealth of ideas – just not enough hours in the day!

So – what I’m asking is this:

What advise would you give to person starting out on their blogging journey? (I’ll ‘quote’ you if I use your words of wisdom!).

And in case you are wondering why I am asking you, it’s because you were all in this place once…because I find so many of you inspiring, and I’d love to use the power of some of your words to in turn help the community of young ones that I want to help.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

This blogging thing


I’m exceptionally tired at the moment after starting a new job 2 weeks ago, so my ‘post a day’ aim for 2011 has slipped. I was probably extending myself a bit too much, since I’m still a novice blogger, but my intentions were good.

That’s why I will use this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my posts and comment. It means the world to me. To be honest, it is quite overwhelming – but in a good way.

This blogging thing has really helped me to feel free – it is strange that something like this can be so liberating. If you had asked me 6 months ago what my expectations were, I never would have thought that it would have this effect on me. Very unusual indeed…

I’m Posting every week in 2011 (with the aim of daily…)!


I’ve decided I want to blog more.

Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting now.  I will be posting on this blog once a week (working up to daily!) for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful.  Therefore I’m promising to make use of The Daily Post, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good-will along the way.

Janine

aka

Reflections from a Red Head