Being fairly new to blogging I realize that there are quite a number of things I need to learn. I have been able to find numerous posts on how to have a successful blog. However, I believe that it is time someone clearly established a set of Blogging Manners. Being Royal I feel it was my duty, please enjoy.
1. Spell/Grammar Check I don't care if you have a Doctorate in English Lit, there is ALWAYS a chance of misspelling a word. You cannot buy a computer today that doesn't come with some type of editing software. For best results create your document in this program run spell and grammar checks THEN post to your blog.
2. Learn and Distinguish Homophones There, Their and They're have very different meanings. When I read a blog and the writer has the wrong homophone it simply drives me nuts and when it happens repeatedly I truly question their level of education.
3. Read your blog Seriously read your blog before you post it. Very often we know what line of thought we're following and sometimes forget to take our readers along the complete ride. I actually read my blogs out loud, often to myself, as I'll catch mistakes more often when I hear what I've written.
4. Acknowledgements If you see, hear or read something and use it in your blog please do not pass it off as yours. Someone else should receive credit. However if that someone else is your spouse, child or other family member consider it yours, seems fair they should be happy we're including them in our blog anyway
5. Allow Comments At first I was guilty of this, however on second thought. I don't understand why many bloggers invite comments yet those comments won't be posted until approved by blogger. If you want your blog to have a true dialogue you need to allow open discussion. Remember you can always delete any comment that is truly offensive or simply irritates you. The one time I did remove a comment I acknowledged that I did so and explained why in my next blog.
6. Proper Thank You Should you be fortunate enough to have your blog picked to receive an award of any kind in addition to posting that glorious new button be sure to thank that blog, with a link, in a separate post. I learned this the hard way. I was new and received notice in an email that I was the epic blog of the week. I replied and thanked her. What I should have done is posted the button and her button proudly and boldly on my page.
7. Responses This goes hand in hand with number 5. If someone is kind enough to take time out of their day to not only visit your blog but leave a comment you need to acknowledge that. Now I understand when your comments start running into the hundreds this isn't practical. BUT how do you think those bloggers got so many loyal followers in the first place!!
8. The Golden Rule If you want other participate in any kind of hop whether it be blog, Facebook, twitter or whatever to visit your pages be sure visit theirs as well. Do not simply drop your link into the linky tool and not visit the other participants' links. While you may not be able to visit all depending on the number of participants, make a good effort to visit as many as you can.
9. Reality Chances are you will eventually stumble across a blog or such that you do not like. No reason to leave a negative comment. Just as Lowe's offers 162 shades of white everyone isn't going to like everything~ and that's okay. Remember to be respectful *see rule 8
Of course ALL of my Royal Postings are gloriously and fabulously perfect, not. As much as I have learned there are volumes out there for me to tackle. Please feel free to share any other manners you think bloggers should adhere to.