Blogger Etiquette Cheat Sheet

I already spoke about the state of the blogosphere here. I continue with this sequel to that post with some and easy to follow blogger etiquettes. I would like to add that these are only my personal opinions based on what I have seen some prolific bloggers doing. These are from the perspective of a blogger. I would be writing more about the etiquettes one should keep in mind as a reader/commenter in a later post.

Do a spell check before you post an entry. Nothing looks worse that lousy typos!
Bottom Line: Do you want to risk losing credibility?

Its avoidable to blog like you would type an SMS. Pl b carful whn u do d ths….it mks a diff. Sounds good or shabby as hell?
Bottom Line: SMS and Blogging are not the same.

If you get a comment on your blog, you must as a rule make an effort to visit the commenter’s blog. Its basic courtesy to leave a comment on one of the posts. If none of the posts are worth commenting on, a simple thank you for visiting my blog on any post is fine. If there is a chat widget, you can leave a note there as well.
Bottom line: Reply to comments on their blog as well, or lose readers!

Encourage discussion by asking questions. This will also invite new commenters.
Bottom Line: Question or get lost out

Always assign credit to the other person from where some content has been taken. This could be a link to the other blog. Before copying content also check for the creative commons licensing policy.
Bottom Line: Give credit, be nice for someone’s original work.

If you are posting a picture on your blog, do not do it from another blog directly. It’s better to upload it to your server. You save the other blogger’s bandwidth which is still precious in some cases. Worse, it could lead to an outage on their blog.
Bottom Line: Keep bandwidth chokes to yourself

Personal blogs are nice and good fun if your mom likes to keep a tab on you. But keep a theme and stick to it. You also build a niche that way.
Bottom Line: Create a niche

Always post the blogs into categories/labels. It makes the search work better and helps people understand what your interests are.
Bottom Line: Organize!

If someone posts a differing view to yours, welcome them. They are good for you; which means the second point worked. Be careful when commenting back, no one likes a dogmatic blogger.
Bottom Line: Be accommodative!

Keep blogging frequently; no one like’s blogs which are updated once in a blue moon.
Bottom Line: No new blog posts, no new or old readers!

Replying back to commenters on your blog is also a good idea. But for them to see your reply, also encourage them to subscribe to your comments feed.
Bottom Line: Engage in a discussion!

Always write an About and Contact Page on the blog. It helps others know about you.
Bottom Line: People want to talk to a person, not a blog.

If you are using wordpress, make it a point to add an excerpt. It will also improve your search engine results. It also gives a summary of what the post is, so one does not have to go through the entire blog to realise its not what he wanted to read in the first place.
Bottom Line: Make it easy for readers to choose what needs to be read.

Its nice to have a face, add a picture of yourself so let others know you are not a donkey or a primate
Bottom Line: Get yourself a Gravatar, and upload a picture on the blog.
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29 Responses to “Blogger Etiquette Cheat Sheet”

  1. MohanNo Gravatar says:

    Wow.. that is an exhaustive cheat sheet for sure! Being in the blogosphere for over 3.5 years, I can very well co-relate each of the points you have mentioned here. Good going Vinni. Look forward to read your articles frequently from now onwards :)

  2. Asha TampaNo Gravatar says:

    Invaluable advice, this! I noticed I commit a lot of such mistakes myself. And before I forget - awesome blog, great template, keep blogging! :-)

  3. VarshNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Vinni…very good tips…am going to take few of them rightaway…Thanks a lot! :)

    • vinniNo Gravatar says:

      Thanks for visiting Varsh! Am glad you liked them. this is what I keep telling my mom each day. She actually inspired this post!

      • VarshNo Gravatar says:

        She writes very well indeed…she visited my blog and left comments too..wouldn’t mind little bit of this advice for myself! :D

        • vinniNo Gravatar says:

          Yeah, she also plans to publish the lord and master series now. I get a lot of inspiration from her and even copy styles at times. You can’t blame me. :)

  4. vinniNo Gravatar says:

    @Mohan: Thanks for dropping by. I write a lot about social media since that’s my area of work along with personal musings. I have tried to grow this blog into a portfolio with blog as a separate section altogether. Keep visiting! :)

    @Asha: Am glad, you can use some of the points I mentioned here. Everyday I make it a point to follow what I say. I hope you have also subscribed to the feeds for updates! Keep a watchout for the sequel to this post!

  5. PurbaNo Gravatar says:

    I was in my eager school girl avatar again lapping up each point. Loved your “Bottom Like” for each point. The reader doesn’t get lost in a jungle of words.

    Very well presented :) )

    • VinniNo Gravatar says:

      I really admire you for still having the yearning to learn from people really call themselves punks :) You must have been a great teacher? Which school btw? I was in Delhi for over 10 years. You should also see my mom’s blog:

  6. sumitNo Gravatar says:

    That’s a nice and comprehensive list. Something every budding blogger should know (and follow) and at times established bloggers too.
    I shall be guilty of the blue moon phase - simple can’t bring myself to write anymore. Someday hopefully… :)

  7. sumitNo Gravatar says:

    Oh and I did like the ‘bottomline’ bit. It summarised the whole point and sort laid things out in bullet points.
    Reminded me of our prof for HR :)

  8. RachnaNo Gravatar says:

    Sigh. Guilty. So Guilty. :-(

  9. tikuliciousNo Gravatar says:

    This was indeed a good read. Mom inspired :) one can see that . why I did not visit and add your blog to my blogroll remains a mystery . Now I will visit and make sure to get educated ;D keep sharing. Best wishes

    • vinniNo Gravatar says:

      Actually she inspired me because she asked me what the best practices are, and while i was telling her, i decided to write it on my blog as well!

  10. RichaNo Gravatar says:

    Was certainly a helpful blog..The bottomline bit was pretty cool and crisp!. Guess I have committed enough blunders in the past! Gotta buck up now!

    • VinniNo Gravatar says:

      :) I am glad it helped you Richa. Its all my personal experience so don’t take this as a bible! You are free to change certain aspects as well. Some people actually dont leave a website link behind. What can you do then?

  11. AnganaNo Gravatar says:

    so much to learn! you are soo good at this!
    “let others know you are not a donkey or a primate” - hilarious :p

  12. Hey vinni
    Awesome list man! Damn helpful! And see I took one of your tips straight away. I’m commenting on a post… now u take your own advice and visit my blog :P
    All Hail Prof. Vinni!!!!

    • vinniNo Gravatar says:

      ha ha! Nice man. as long as the blogosphere gains and builds a stronger online community, I am all game. Expect more such posts! All in the effort to evangelize indiblogger more!

      Hope you got your blog registered there as well. Keep blogging!

  13. PratsNo Gravatar says:

    Brilliantly said!!! Cheers

    • vinniNo Gravatar says:

      Thanks Sirji! Good to see you back on my blog after a long time! You did not participate in this month’s indiblogger of the month contest?

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