So you have decided to start a blog. There are several reasons for a person to get online and open up a fresh new page on the blogosphere. It could be to monitor the progress of a new hobby. There is a Canadian blog that focuses solely on the art of knitting. And that is all that is all that you will read about on that blog. There are also those who start a blog to write about the fine art of nothing at all. This means that he or she is perfectly well equipped to be blathering on about the most mundane things like a mosquito bite she has on her knee and still gain visitors to her site. Most of the time, the writer of this kind of blog has a special charisma that draws people to his her site. He or she could also be spilling some very fine personal details hence appealing to the natural curiosity of readers.
There are blogs that dish out celebrity gossip, make fun of fashion, talk about dog-breeding and so on and so forth. For whatever reason you want to put up a blog, go ahead. That is the beauty of the blogosphere. It is free and you are welcome to take your share of bytes from it. But there are some very important rules that you have to know and take to heart. Just like any civilized society, any successful nation, there are laws that have been written and for the greater good of the system, must be followed. Again, it doesn’t matter what propelled you to write the blog but it does matter for you to watch your conduct in the virtual society because you might end up hurting yourself than doing good in the long run. Read on to find out the basics of blogging etiquette.
Think about it, you are given the privilege of writing for a global audience. Assuming that your blog is set in public mode, then its access is universal, everyone on this planet can read your blog. Nice to keep that thought in mind especially if your blog is personal. Then maybe it would make a little sense not to go overboard with some personal or sensitive matters. In some online discussions, this tendency to get into too much detail (sometimes embarrassing to the reader) is called as TMI or Too Much Information. Now would be a good time to practice the fine art of subtlety.
Have your own voice. How do you do this? Plenty of ways. Number one is by writing about something that you are truly passionate about. How do you know that you are truly passionate about something? Simple. If you can write about something the whole day and start thinking about writing God a note about how He could maybe add some extra hours to each so that you can write about it some more. That is passion and that is what you should write about. Number two; don’t ever steal content from the Internet. Sure, it’s easy to put the blame on writer’s block or simply running out of steam. But this is the cardinal rule of writing. If you must reference another writer’s fruits of labor, then at the very least, create link to their webpage and cite your sources.
By the same token, have an opinion. And don’t be afraid to stand by it. Readers will find your blog much more interesting if they see that you have a stand about something. Another good point to raise right now is blogging is not for the weak of heart. If you are the type who cannot take criticisms, best you step out of the blogging game. For you will get many. Don’t take this as a personal attack on you. It only means that you are writing about something particularly interesting that challenges people to think and to actually make valuable time to leave comments on your blog. Take it as a compliment that you are driving traffic to your site than not have anyone visit your blog at all. And please no matter how tempted it can get, do not use your blog as a platform to attack other people. This is simply called a cheap shot. If you do have personal issues with anybody, take it up with the person face to face. No need to pollute the blogosphere with your mad ramblings.
If things might seem overwhelming to you right now, do not worry. Blogging may seem a little frightening to the beginner but if you conduct yourself well like you would in normal life, then you shouldn’t have any problems. When it comes to matters where you are not sure what to do, bear in mind that respect goes a long way. Do not be rude to other bloggers. Do not spam. Do not self promote excessively. Do unto other bloggers what you want other bloggers to do unto you. And should you ever come under any verbal attack, conduct yourself in a calm and rational manner. The Internet is not some place where you can safely delete anything and think that it will never turn up again. Unfortunately there is a great Internet archive in the sky and anything you post can be used against you someday. It is easy to get way over your head with the prospects that are available to the blogger so before you write anything, think about it, plan it and let it germinate. The long term results will thank you.