Blog Etiquette

blogging etiquette

In the sphere of blogs, there can be professionalism and unprofessionalism. People can write whatever they want—and trolling and mean comments are common. Some bloggers break rules when they are beginners and later realize that breaking rules went against civil behavior. Given below are some rules of blogging etiquette that every blogger must follow.

Think Before You Write.

Today, if an ill-considered comment publishes in a public forum, it often sparks an immediate and heated response from other bloggers and readers. Certainly, mean people exist on the internet. And every blogger will have their share of mean comments. The best thing is to be nice.

Be Discreet.

A blog can be an online diary but when it is used for business purposes. Indeed, a blogger cannot treat it as an invitation to share private thoughts and post indiscreet photos of oneself in questionable poses. Everything that goes in a blog is for public consumption and that reflects on the individual professionalism of the blogger and the credibility of the organization.

Readers will understandably assess the person behind the blog based on the posts published. Sometimes employers check out the blogs of job applicants to catch a glimpse of the person behind the professional resume.

Be Careful about the Language Used.

Business blogs exist for business purposes. There is no place for hostile, blunt, rude, insensitive, obscene, abusive, and discriminatory language on a business blog. Also, offensive language in blogs can lead to legal claims and monetary fines. Bloggers might be tempted to use the power of blogs to gossip about or defame anyone, but nothing is worth legal claims.

Avoid Blogging Anonymously

People might like to use anonymity to write in a defamatory, offensive, inappropriate, and irresponsible manner. There is no guarantee that anonymous blogging will protect bloggers from detection.

Be Careful about Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation

A blog should never have errors. An important goal of professional blogging is to attract and grow a loyal following of leaders who will turn regularly to a blog as an expert source of timely and useful information. So, it will be difficult for a blogger to establish their position as an influential one if their blog lacks professionalism.

Do Not Repost Without Permission

It is never okay to copy somebody’s post without taking their permission. Not only is there the issue of duplicate content, but the readers will not check out the original post which means copying also results in stealing traffic from another blogger. This also potentially leads to the shutdown of a blog. So, before reposting anybody’s content, it is better to send them an email to get their permission.

Be Gracious

Not everyone will agree with the content on a blog. There will be people who will disagree and many of them will tell the blogger about it. In terms of blog etiquette, bloggers should learn to handle criticism and not resort to insults in their responses. Negative feedback on a blog and name-calling are common. A blogger should continue to be gracious to their readers and commentators.

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