If you have a blog, or are wanting to start one, here are my blogtiquettes (I'm not sure who coined that phrase, but I like it).
1. Most blog authors love to know who is visiting their blog. We all know that many people don't have the time or inclination to stop and comment on each post, however, try to take the time at least once to stop by and introduce yourself. I have a few regular lurkers that I'd kill to get to know. Without naming names (since I don't know them! ha), I believe my longest standing regular lurkers are from London and Florida.
2. When you do comment, try not to do it anonymously. Everyone likes to know to whom the words should be credited. Plus, it's been my experience that most blog "attackers" do it anonymously. Wonder why? That's another one. If you don't agree with something on someone's blog, try to be diplomatic about it and think before you spout. Or don't say anything at all if it is hurtful. Remember that once your words are out there, they are permanent unless you or the blog author deletes them.
3. If someone takes the time to comment on your blog for the first time, take the time to visit their blog and let them you know you appreciate the time they took to visit yours. This is such a great way to meet new blog friends.
4. Keep it simple and try your hardest not to run on and on in the same sentence or paragraph.
5. Give credit where credit is due. For example, if you like an idea that you found on another blog and want to use it on your blog, link back to them with a hyperlink and let your readers know where you got the idea.
6. Many bloggers use some sort of traffic tracking site like site meter or site counter or google analytics to get an idea of who is visiting their site, where they are coming from, and how long they stay. This is another great tool for finding out interesting stats on your blog, but also for finding other bloggers that have linked to you. Just today I found a new blogger this way, and I was so excited to see that I'm actually on her blogroll! Thanks, Lit and Laundry!
7. Try using a site like bloglines or google reader to track the blogs you frequent. I have been using bloglines for some time and it eliminates the need to endlessly check in on blogs you like since it tells you which blogs have new entries that you subscribe to. Hum, I think that's a run-on sentence.
8. Lastly, every blog has an owner, and most authors put the things on their blog that are of interest or important to them in some way. Be respectful of that.
Now, for my plea. Please take a moment and tell me how you know me. I know most of my blogger pals and know how they know me, but I've had so many instances where someone has read my comments and ask, "now who is this, or who is that?" because they don't know in what context to take the comment, or just want to know how the relationship began. Plus, there are at least a handful of bloggers that found me, and I would LOVE to know how they did so. AND, what it is about my blog that made them want to subscribe to my blog and keep coming back? Come on, it's not asking too much, is it?