Questions for My Fellow Bloggers
September 17, 2008
Even though it has been a few months, I am still feeling quite new to this whole blogger thing. Lately, some blog etiquette (blogiquette?) questions have been coming up in my mind and I am hoping some of my fellow bloggers might be willing to give me some advice, or point me to a good source of information. ‘Blogging for Dummies’ perhaps?
1) Blogrolls: Is there a protocol when you add someone to your blogroll? Do you send them a nice note telling them that you have enjoyed reading their blog for sometime and you feel ready to take it to the next level (cue scene from Wedding Crashers when Vince Vaughn tells Isla Fisher he is ready to take it to the next level and she thinks he means a threesome but really he is trying to propose. I love that scene. I love Vince Vaughn) What about if you added someone to your blogroll too hastily and suddenly decide you don’t really want to read their blog anymore? Can you remove them? Do you need to go through some sort of break up? Do you let them know its not them, really…its you?
2) Comments: I love comments. I think everyone loves comments. My question is, do you respond to your comments? Do you respond one by one or do you post a whole list of responses al la’ Mr. 5280? (Personally, I love when my comments are responded to because it makes me feel like the blogger is actually reading them, but maybe responses annoy other people. I don’t know.)
3)Posting: Is it better to post something lame and crappy or not post at all? For example, does it look pathetic and desperate is you just post a whole list of questions? (oh wait…hmmm?)
4) Blog Crushes: Ok, someone needs to explain the whole blogger crush thing to me. What does it mean? How does it happen? Does having a crush on someone you have never met or even seen imply that people are not quite as looks focused as we think they are and it is possible to be interested in someone because of their wit and charm. I don’t have a blog crush. I’m just curious.
5) Family: When do you tell your family that you have been blogging about them? Or, do you tell them at all? How does that conversation go? I can already hear me trying to tell my mother.
me: Hi mom, so I have been doing this thing called blogging. Pretty much you just post your thoughts and frustrations on line for the whole world to see.
mom: Oh, that’s nice dear. What do you write about.
me: Um, all sorts of things. I vent about work or strangers or eh, my family.
mom: So you talk about our family on the Internet? Do these people know us? What will the neighbors think?
me: Don’t worry mom, it is just a few thousand people who have no idea who you are but know that planning your retirement party almost put me in the loony bin.
mom: That’s fine, I always loved your brother more. Maybe I should but that on the internet?