Tuesday, 27 May 2014

4 Mom-like rules of #blogging etiquette

Book bloggers are those wonderful people who love books so much that they like to share, as long as it’s in the genre they like to read or write in. Sometimes they ask an author to be on their blog while other times the author will make a request.

My mother taught me some basic things about life long before I became an author.  These rules definitely apply to being a guest on someone’s blog.
I'm not sure what I did to get that 'Mom look'
1. Say please. When requesting to be on someone’s blog ask with humility. Do not presume that because they like to have authors on their blog that they’ll put up with rudeness. Oh no, siree, Bob.

2. Thank your host. This one is common sense. When someone gives you something, such as a precious spot on their blog, take the time to thank the person in the comments section of the post. No need for a huge poem of gratitude, keep it simple and honest.

3. Share. I don’t care if you have one person following you on twitter and five on your Facebook page. Share the post. Generate some interest to your post. After all, it’s all about you.

4. Comment. My mom taught me not to ignore someone when they speak to me. The same is true about readers leaving comments. Taking the time to log into a blog site to leave a comment is a big deal. Acknowledge this and respond to the people who comment.


Those are some of the common ones I can think of. Do you have any rules that your mom, or dad, taught you that can be applied to being on someone’s blog?



21 comments:

  1. You probably stole you mom's piece of chocolate, LOL - what a sweet picture and great advice!

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  2. Great advice, Nana. And may I just say, you look just like your Mama!!!!

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    1. I love hearing that compliment. She was gorgeous. Thanks, Aneta.

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  3. so you mean it wasn't proper to tell a blogger: "hey (blogger), I'm going to guest on your blog on (date) and that's final"?

    I don't know about lessons my parents taught me, but one of my rules is to send the information early enough. Many bloggers prefer to schedule posts a few days in advance of the date, so sending your information just a day or two before it is due to go live is just not considerate. It's like you're pretty much assuming the blogger has nothing else to do than wait for your post.

    Finally, you haven't changed at all - and if we saw the full pic, we'd probably be able to guess what you did to earn the 'mom look'. For now, we're going with Debbie's explanation

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    1. Lol, Empi. You are absolutely correct. Receiving posts at the last minute isn't fun at all.

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  4. Sure, Nana, you have not changed at all. Pretty looks still growing young!

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    1. Lol. I didn't lie when I told you that, Celestine. I'm like Dick Clark with more melanin.

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  5. They are all common sense, Nana. Thanks for sharing. It is a good reminder.

    My mum taught me never to utter 'gutter' words.

    Words we now refer to as swear words. On any guest post, I keep my language clean.

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    1. That's good advice. You never know the host's swearing policy until you've overstepped your boundaries.

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  6. Very good advice and post, Nana. Your Mom taught you well!

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  7. Nana, it is true, you have not changed. beautiful pic. These are really good advice...

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    1. Thanks, Mary. Time has been kind to me.

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  8. Good advice and I agree with sending early. I offended a blogger once by sending at the last minute. Your mom is pretty just like you.

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    1. I'm sure you learned your lesson, Kathy. Thank you for the compliment.

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  9. As someone who has hosted bloggers occasionally, I'd say the biggest thing you can do is tweet it and post a blog leading people over. Thank-yous are great and all, but guest blogging is huge in terms of Google visibility and gaining new followers you might not have had otherwise. The more comments a blog gets, the more Google likes it. Since many bloggers want more readers, it's really the top thing someone should do.

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    1. You are absolutely right. It's like advertising that you've done a guest post. No one will know unless you tell them.

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  10. Great post and you still have the same smile

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  11. All seem like common sense to me, but great reminders too.

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