Blogging Etiquette 101

A little crash course in what I have learned about blogging etiquette:

Give credit where credit is due. I will be the first to admit that sometimes other blogger's work influences my own. However, I ALWAYS try to give them proper credit. If you see something on another blogger's site (whether it be content, style of post, recipe, whatever!) and it inspires you to write something, give them credit! Just like in academia: "When in doubt, cite!" Nothing is worse then pouring your heart and hard work into a post, then having someone else copy your content without giving you credit.

Be positive. If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all. Our blogs are our spaces to share what we want to share. If you don't like it, then stop reading. There is no need to bring negativity. If you feel the need to share, I would encourage you to e-mail the blogger directly to express your opinions, instead of leaving them in the comments.

Let the blogger know you are reading! I love when readers leave me comments related to my post. Nothing is more special then learning that someone else out there can relate to you! I would encourage you all to comment on the posts that really speak to you! I have met some great friends by putting myself out there in this way! What's the worst that could happen?

And as the blogger, let those who leave comments know you care by responding! Sometimes it is hard to put yourself out there and comment, especially on blogs that are bigger than your own. What is even worse is when you put yourself out there and get no response. Make it a point to get back to people, even if it's just a: "Hey thanks for reading!"

Don't steal images from other bloggers. Just don't do it.  If you want to use a photo, just ask [or at least give credit where credit is due].

FOLLOW THROUGH. We are all crazy busy. However, make it a point to keep your word and follow through on your commitments, or just don't make the commitments at all.

Be yourself.  That's pretty self-explanatory. Few things are better then someone who is completely themselves!

Did I leave anything out? What are your blogging etiquette tips?


  1. I don't think you left anything out! Other than I would like to see more bloggers take advantage of Gravatars and Disuqus accounts or linking their gmail accounts to blogger (even if you're on wordpress like me). It isn't ettiqute as much as just good PR for their blogs!

  2. LOVE. Especially your third point. Sometimes it can feel like we're writing to a black hole. Feedback is the best.

  3. I really think this is a great collection--you hit every topic that I would say is most important to blogging etiquette, that no all bloggers realize at first!

  4. love this! couldnt agree more with all points

    new follower

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