30 Aug
So, About This Blogging Thing

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

Is there anywhere I can go to learn about Blogging Etiquette and the do’s and don’ts? I’m new to blogging, but I’m rapidly falling in love with it.

Regards,

JENN

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Dear Jenn,

Congratulations on getting bit by the blogging bug! And please say goodbye to whatever free time you had.

The good news is that you are off to a good start by being named Jenn. Because although you don’t have to be a Jennifer to have a blog, it certainly doesn’t hurt.

As for etiquette, there are tons of rules, but unfortunately, they have not yet been codified. Apparently, our government has been too busy with a few wars and the sucky economy. I know. I’m upset, too.

But here are a few good places to start: Scary Mommy and Playgroupie. Both have excellent guides for new bloggers (with some tips that even us seniors can learn from). Other than that, everyone has their own etiquette rules.

Here are my top 5:

1. Don’t blog anything you don’t want the entire world to know.

2. If you write a post inspired by another blogger, link to her. If you’re talking about another blog, link to it. (Unless you’re writing about someone you can’t stand behind their back, like I’ve done, in which case it’s totally fair to say “I’m not linking to her because I don’t want to send traffic her way.”)

3. If you’re compensated for writing a post, disclose it. More about that here.

4. Proofread your posts.

5. Write really interesting/funny/important stuff.

That’s it! Happy blogging!

Sincerely,

Marinka, TMH

9 Responses to “So, About This Blogging Thing”

08.30.10#1

Comment by StephanieG.

Out standing! i specially like the paret about proof reading. Your not doing yourself any favors. By mispelling words, and using punctuation wrongly.

Ha!

And #1 is a great one to keep in mind. You may think that you can write about the horrid shrew at work/your book club/mommy and me in such a way that only your inner circle could identify the offender, but it is unbelievable how quickly your words can get back to the subject of your blog.

08.30.10#2

Comment by dusty earth mother.

Number 5 is my favorite. Gotta remember that. Interesting, funny, important. Right, right.

08.30.10#3

Comment by Mommy on the Spot.

Great guidelines! Thanks for the links, too!

08.30.10#5

Comment by Wendi.

One more thing: Be yourself. Write like yourself.

It’s okay to use a similar style of other blogs you like, but try hard to find your own voice so people will want to read YOU.

08.30.10#6

Comment by writingmama04.

There are an amazing number of great blogs out today – thanks to a few pioneering women I know. Agree with the ‘be yourself but stand out’ and don’t worry if you don’t get a lot of followers right away. Takes time to build a following unless it is your 24X7 job.

08.30.10#7

Comment by Grace {formerly gracie}.

@playgroupie and @scarymommy are great places to start. I also recommend joining some blogging communities like @SITSGirls for the great support and tons of feedback. It’s a great place to ask specific questions to the world!

08.30.10#8

Comment by tara.

Oh, yes, great tips!

I concur with Wendi: be yourself, be authentic, find your own voice.

08.31.10#9

Comment by Desperate Dietwives.

This is capital advice, indeed.
It makes me more decided than ever NOT to have a blog!!! 😀

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