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Blogging Etiquette?

I’m pretty new to this whole blogging thing (still under a month here), and I’m trying to get the etiquette down. I suppose I could do a search, but I’m wondering what you all do…both when writing your own and when visiting others and commenting.

Commenting on someone else’s blog

  • Is it okay to just post a comment on random people’s blolgs? Even if they have *no* idea who you are? Do you just plunge right in, do you introduce yourself, or what?
  • Do you comment on every blog you read? Just the ones that ask questions or “move” you? What makes you comment?

Answering comments made on your blog

  • Do you reply in your own comments? Or email the person back? A combination of both? When do you do one over the other if it’s both?
  • Do you reply to everyone, or just people who ask questions or raise a good point?

Blogrolls

  • Do you ask before adding someone to yours? Or do you just add?
  • Do you ever say “no” if someone asks you? (I’m not sure WHY you’d say no, just thought I’d ask 🙂 )

Thanks for your time 🙂

3 Responses

  1. 1. Sometimes I do mention how I linked to their page (from another blog or something), but otherwise just jump in there. I think most bloggers live for comments!
    2. Sometimes I reply in the comments, sometimes I send email (I have a separate email address set up), sometimes I don’t reply at all. Depends probably on my mood or the nature of the question/issue, but I couldn’t give you exact rules. I guess I’m more likely to reply in the comments if it’s a matter of clarifying the original post or something.
    3. The funny thing about blogrolls is that I’m more likely to ask if I actually know the person. If it’s just a random blog I’ve started reading that I like but I don’t know the person in real life, I probably just add it. I suppose I’d say “no” if you asked to add me to the “people who suck” blogroll… 😉

  2. I post on random blogs all the time. I usually do tell them how I found their site (i.e., via x’s blog, or via a google search for x). I put that in just because *I* know I’d be curious how someone found me! Like Goddess said, I think most bloggers love comments and get far fewer than they wish they would. So I try to be good about commenting!

    I don’t comment on every blog entry I read, but I do comment on every blog that I read. I usually only comment if I have a similar experience, or something to add, or can answer a question, or feel like the blogger needs a pick-me-up, etc.

    Replying to comments: I’ve done it many ways (in a new blog entry, as another comment, as an email). I definitely don’t reply to every comment. Really, only if it’s a question they’ve asked. I rarely re-read blog comments on someone else’s blog, so I wouldn’t know if they replied to me in the blog comments, and I assume the same about most other people.

    I usually do ask before adding people to my blogroll, or at least let them know in case they don’t want me to have added them. I have had 2 people say no to me as they have “super secret” blogs that they don’t want certain people to find (can you say in-laws? 🙂 I suspected in both cases they wouldn’t want me to link them in but asked them anyway as it is a great way to get new readers to your blog.

    All my opinion, no need to reply 🙂

  3. Oh, I thought of something else…sometimes I’ll go to someone else’s blog and reply to a comment they left me in the comments to their blog.

    So thank you for your “welcome back” comment!

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