Let’s Talk Blogger To Blogger Etiquette

I know that everyone’s switching gears to Holiday content, and I have lot’s of things in that department that I’m so excited to share with you. But there’s something that’s been bothering me and I need to get off my chest: blogger to blogger etiquette. The blogging industry is based off of community and connections. In the end, we are all in this industry together, so we need to make sure we’re supporting each other and raising each other up. I’m all about that girl power lifestyle.

Are you a blogger? You MUST read this article about blogger to blogger etiquette, something hardly talked about in this new and evolving industry!

Friends, family, and everyone knows that the holidays are blogger’s busiest time- that’s why I just wrote a post on how to prepare your blog for the holidays! It’s a constant hustle to share content before things happen, so it’s relevant and able to recreate at home for our readers. With that being said, let’s just talk about the things that are SO INCREDIBLY frustrating as a blogger, especially when it comes form another blogger. Obviously, there is no set of given rules for the blogging world. Please, only take these things from my personal view. I am, in no means, a blogging expert. I am growing and learning with all of you.

Grab a cup of coffee, and even maybe a pencil and notebook, this post is a long one and there’s lots to learn when it comes to blogger to blogger etiquette.

Don’t message or comment on other’s social media or blog post asking for followers.

Really? I’m concerned that this even has to be said, but it’s something so frustrating. How inauthentic can you get? I see the same accounts commenting on mine or blogger friend’s accounts saying things like, “Great post! Follow me for more fashion outfits under $50!” The point of social media at the end of the day is to be social. Stop sounding like a broken record and actually engage with people’s content that you enjoy!

At the end of the day, when you curate a community that you want to be a part of, people will respond to that. People will start following back, I promise.

Are you a blogger? You MUST read this article about blogger to blogger etiquette, something hardly talked about in this new and evolving industry!

Don’t get mad when bloggers don’t comment back – it’s normal.

I know friends, this is something that really upsets me too. It boils down to what I call blogging karma. You feel like if you’re taking the time to visit Person A’s blog everyday, then Person A should be reciprocating that favor by commenting on Person B’s blog everyday, too. Folks, the world just doesn’t work like that. If this is the case, that blogger probably just doesn’t like your content. And guess what? That’s okay! You want to speak to your ideal reader, and clearly that person isn’t it.

Does that mean you should stop visiting their blog? Absolutely not! If you enjoy their content, and are visiting for authentic reasons, then please, keep doing so! Just because they aren’t commenting back doesn’t mean someone else who is reading their post (and who is probably more of your ideal reader) won’t.

Never ask what a blogger’s pageviews are.

Some bloggers are transparent about this, and that’s fine, but if they aren’t then do not ask them!! To make this more relatable, asking a blogger how many pageviews they have is like asking a stranger’s yearly salary? So incredibly rude! Okay, that’s all I have to say about that one.

Let’s just not ask about money/income at all.

I was always taught not to bring this up in general, unless that person is completely transparent. Going along with the last tip, let’s just not ask about money, income, sponsorship rates, etc. at all. Some bloggers don’t mind this question, but to me it comes off a little invasive AND TACKY. Maybe that’s just me.

I’ll leave it up to you if you want to bring it up, but you just have to understand that this is what we as bloggers do to make our living. You’re stepping into a sticky situation where people might take this question different ways. I can’t tell you how many people (not bloggers too) ask me, “How much do you make off your blog?” In fact, I will never forget a professor asking me this after a presentation in front of the. entire. class. I am scarred from that day!

Are you a blogger? You MUST read this article about blogger to blogger etiquette, something hardly talked about in this new and evolving industry!

Lastly, don’t plagiarize.

This is a subject that is heavily stressed in art school, so I’m a seasoned pro on the topic. Plagiarism comes in all different shapes and sizes, but there’s a couple things I want to discuss when it comes to blogging. The thing I see most are stealing other people’s content ideas. Now, before I get into this, I totally get that more then one person is going to post about Thanksgiving tablescapes. But, what I hope for all bloggers is that they try to give every post or story their own perspective and twist.

The other way I see plagiarism a lot is in site design. This actually is kind of a pet peeve of mine, which is why I hired Victoria and Lisa to redesign the LCC.  I get that some people don’t realize that they’re doing this, but I think more often then not they are blatantly doing so. And folks, ripping other people’s specialty fonts counts in my eyes too.

I hope these tips on blogger to blogger etiquette give you a little insight as to being a blogger. And bloggers, I hope it taught you one little thing. That’s all I hope for from all of my blogging tips. 

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16 Comments

  1. Jenn said:

    I really love this post. I just started my blog a little over a month ago and it has been such an eye opening experience. Thank you for sharing this and saying things that others definitely feel!

    Published November 3, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      Jenn, thank you so much for stopping by! I have been holding a lot of this in for awhile so I was happy to finally get it on paper. (or blog, rather.)

      Published November 3, 2016Reply
  2. Bryanna said:

    Preach! Love this post. We should all be coming together and now it’s more of a competition. So sad, but at least not everyone is like that 🙂

    XOXO Bryanna,
    http://cominginclutch.com/

    Published November 3, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      Agreed! Community over competition!

      Published November 3, 2016Reply
  3. katie said:

    A great posts bloggers should read regardless of their experience level!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    Published November 3, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      Thanks Katie! Glad you liked!

      Published November 3, 2016Reply
  4. Aimee said:

    Well said! It seems like common sense, but good for all of us to be reminded.

    Published November 6, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      Thanks Aimee!

      Published November 6, 2016Reply
  5. Great post! I always love seeing your comments on my posts 🙂 When you wrote, “…that blogger probably just doesn’t like your content”. I think sometimes people just get too busy to be able to read every blog every day. I wish I personally had time to read them all, but I am actually a new reader of your blog, and cannot wait to be a regular reader! Thanks for creating such a beautiful space for us to visit!!!

    Published November 6, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      That’s a good point Katherine! I know we are all busy! Thank you so much for coming to visit!!

      Xx Taylor

      Published November 6, 2016Reply
  6. Yes girl, so yes!! Great post, great blog. And also… thanks for commenting on mine, that’s how I found you!!! Love your words here, and now I’m about to jump into your holiday content!! 🙂

    Published November 9, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      Oh yay! Thank you so much for stopping by!!

      Published November 9, 2016Reply
  7. I couldn’t agree more when it comes to the point about commenting! If you expect people to “comment back” the comments are more than likely going to sound far from authentic because they come from a place of pressure rather than genuine interest in the topic/item/whatever at hand. I’m so tired of seeing spammy comments like “Great dress! Visit my blog!” that I just started deleting them. But really…great post 😉

    Published November 28, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      Ah thanks Jess! And YES, you couldn’t have summed it up better!

      Published November 28, 2016Reply
  8. Maya said:

    I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog. I really enjoyed your tone and style of writing in this post. Like you say, if they are transparent about pageviews and money made, that’s OK, but I’ve also been brought up to never ask a person’s salary, so I try to apply this to how I behave online too.
    Blogs looking alike is really easy nowadays since so many of us buy templates from the same providers. I try to add my own flair to it though to show that I am being myself.
    Definitely need to come back and read more of your posts.

    Maya | http://londondamsel.co.uk/

    Published January 10, 2017Reply
    • Taylor said:

      Thank you Maya! I’m glad you stumbled upon it too!

      Xx

      Published January 11, 2017Reply