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.
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.
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!
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.