Blogging Etiquette?

Yesterday I did something I rarely do. I removed a blogger from following me. I thought I would share why. It has nothing to do with having different beliefs, interests, or anything like that.

My blog is still small enough that I can check out new followers. I often follow them unless their blog is in a language I do not know or the blog is mostly about shopping/cosmetics or something like that.

When I checked out the blog, I realized the posts were written for shock value and had something derogatory about Billy Graham whom I admire. I am not into shock to try to get a following and it seemed in poor taste to me, so I removed the blogger from following me.

There is no absolute list of rules for blogging etiquette, but I have my own I thought I would share.

1- Don’t just be a serial liker. I mean don’t just scroll down your reader to click like without actually viewing the post. That seems disingenuous to me.

2- Don’t leave comments that are really only plugging your blog with a link.

3- If someone takes time to comment after having read your post, at least check out their blog.

4- I don’t enjoy the game of someone following me to get my attention so I follow them and then I never hear from them again.

5- If I only hear from someone who nominates me for an Award, it makes me think they are only interesting in networking not in true connection.

These are just a few thoughts. Please share yours. I would be interested in what you have to say.

There are many wonderful blogs and bloggers to interact with. The ones who are genuinely connecting with me are the ones who get the most of my attention.

46 thoughts on “Blogging Etiquette?

  1. I think you have made a wonderful list to follow πŸ™‚ and I completely agree. I did remove one person also, a while back, when I realized what types of books this individual published.

  2. You make some really good points. Social etiquette is important on blogs just as it is in real life. The comments that only there to promote themselves is one of my pet peeves.

  3. Very good points. Thanks. Personally, I enjoy blogging because I love the Lord and want to share Him through His Word and my life experiences with Him. I was told I am on the wrong platform for blogging, but that’s ok. God will reach those who He knows need to read what I say. Thanks for keeping us on track.

  4. Blogging etiquette is important for a blogger to learn. I’ve only been blogging for a few months and I did some research before I got started. I’m still learning, thank you for sharing these tips. I think some bloggers ignore these courtesies or have no knowledge of them, though some should be common sense.

    I love the ability that bloggers have to reach people and make connections through their writings, testimonies and transparency which inspired me to start blogging. In order for us to continue to make a difference we should pave the way of politeness to keep the blogging world a place of community.

  5. I agree with all of the above. Life gets busy at times. I know there are some who have to catch up when they can. I have my days, too.
    …I like to check out a blog before I follow. One particular time, someone followed me who wrote very very vulgar dark posts. Not the testimony of their past or anything like that kind either. They made a comment to me that didn’t sit too well. That is the only one I have had to block. Everyone is welcome to follow me, but I don’t follow someone trying to make a love connection πŸ˜‚ If you know what I mean πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Most are very nice here! I have read a lot of great blogs in this awesome community! πŸ™‚

  6. Thank you for this! Sometimes I feel guilty for not following someone who is following me, but when I checked their blog I didn’t agree with the content at all. You set my mind at ease.

  7. I think it’s also courteous to reply when someone leaves a thoughtful comment on your posts instead of just clicking like. Thanks I appreciate the tips on etiquette!

  8. Great advice. Following a blog to me is like purchasing a book or a magazine. If it goes against my convictions, it’s not something I should read or bring into my house.

  9. I particularly agree about liking posts without even reading and the one about commenting to plug in the links! It gets a bit annoying really. 😁 Thanks for sharing this list of etiquette. πŸ˜‰

  10. Thanks for posting this, my friend. It gives food for thought. One rule I have about following blogs is this: I stop following those that are mostly negative. Some call them rants. I don’t need to dwell on things negative. I need positivity, affirmation, encouragement in my life. So thank you for being a positive spot in my morning read!

  11. I totally understand. I personally don’t think anyone should feel bound to follow or be followed if they are uncomfortable. It is your blog.
    Praying for you and your blog. God loves you!

  12. I totally agree with you. Some bloggers follow you so that you can follow them then they promptly unfollow you. They are like the twitter followers. Anyway, i no longer worry about the amount of followers that I have. It is more important to make lasting friends.

  13. Thank you for your insight! I actually want to add a comment because of wholeheartedly agreeing with you.
    And it is this –
    Be careful who you follow on WordPress, on Twitter, on Facebook. Twitter users especially love to follow back to build themselves up. But for the Christian, we need to be careful to not fall under the influence of those we follow. We are about building God up.
    Be careful who you follow.
    I’m new on WordPress and so far, enjoy the community.

  14. This is such great advice. I am still working on it, but one of my core goals this time around has been to be genuine and sincere. I love getting to know amazing people who love Christ, and getting to share my heart in return. Thank you for your example of this 😊❀️.

  15. I saw post about blogging etiquette on another blog I followed, so I was curious to hear what bloggers said about the topic.

    Another piece of blogging etiquette is to not just say “great post” in the comment section. If you think it’s a great post, that’s what the “like” button is there for. The comments section is there if you have thoughts about the post that go beyond hitting the “like” button.

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