Blogging Freaks Me Out (Part Three)

ImageBlogging etiquette was the intended topic for today.

I’ve been blogging for three months now, and some things still confuse me. After scanning 40+ articles about blogging etiquette, I had a considerable amount of information to share, but, truthfully, it was kind of boring, and I found myself disagreeing with some points … and … I realized that blogging still freaks me out at times.

What should you do when you leave a comment and realize you’ve stuck your foot in your mouth? Please give me a delete button for my own comments! Commenter’s remorse is a real thing and will cause you to break out in a cold sweat.

As I compiled blogging etiquette information, I went back to some of my older posts and made some minor changes. When I checked my email later, there were notifications of new comments to those posts. OH MY GOSH! It never dawned on me that some people get alerts whenever I send up a post, and updating these older posts spammed the people who get the alerts. I’M SO SORRY! I spent 20 minutes under my desk until the red drained from face.

An unfamiliar author with an unfamiliar book left a comment and asked me to interview her on my blog. She wanted to connect with my followers. I was kind of freaked at her cheekiness and deleted. Should I have done that? Maybe her etiquette was good and mine was bad?

The fishermen bloggers confuse me. They will hit my like button daily for many days, so I finally go to their blogs, and if I like what I see, I follow. They hooked me, and I never see them at my blog again. Not that they need to come back, and it’s not really a thing to freak out about, but it adds to the confusion of blogging etiquette.

So that all of my research doesn’t go to waste, let me share some of the blogging etiquette items that I couldn’t wholly agree with:

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Blogging Etiquette Expert “You must credit everyone.”

 

– Give Credit.  I have a wee problem with the credit thing. You are asked to credit everyone about EVERYTHING. I counted as many as 30 links peppered throughout one article, with very few of them being relevant. These people would want me to link/credit all 40+ articles I encountered to cobble an etiquette post together.

When Morgan Le Fables posted the link to Anne Rice’s video talk to aspiring writers, and he gave his opinion about the video, you bet I credited him when I used his blog post as a stepping stone to make my own post about the video.

But according to the experts, that’s a no-no. You should come up with your own original ideas and not use the ideas of others. If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be posting.

I don’t agree. Plagiarism is one thing, but reading a post about keeping track of the little things in your writing gave me an idea to show how I’ve done this in my own writing. If I publish, I’ll credit the author’s blog for the idea. I get a lot of inspiration from reading other blogs.

Image– Use correct grammar, punctuation, capitalization when commenting. I can see trying to have your actual blog post cleaned up as much as possible, but I’m not one to do a lot of proofreading and editing for a comment. Plus, I spilled a Starbucks Frappuccino on my keyboard, and some of my keys still stick. You won’t always get a capital *i* from me. I think we should be a little more forgiving in the comments section.

This is when I gave up working so hard on the etiquette post:
– Respond to all comments.
– Don’t respond to all comments.
– Leave a comment if only to say you liked the post.
– Don’t leave a comment if you aren’t contributing to the conversation.

Oh my gosh! Who doesn’t want a comment? I would assume if someone didn’t want comments, they would turn them off – or at least say, “serious comments only.” If someone simply slapped a smiley face in my comments section, I would be happy they took an extra moment of their time to let me know they read my post and found it enjoyable.

For me, everyday good manners and common sense go a long way in blogging. Be nice, have fun, be Imageyourself. Hide under your desk for twenty minutes if you commit a faux pas.

By the way, Part One is kind of funny, because I was still pretty shy and really freaked out when more than 20 people showed up to my blog one day. Part Two was when I unfollowed blogs because I was afraid they would think I was trolling for Likes/Follows.

What are your thoughts on blogging etiquette? Does blogging ever freak you out?

90 thoughts on “Blogging Freaks Me Out (Part Three)

  1. If I read all the way to the bottom of a blog entry, I’ll push like. Otherwise I would have quit before I reached the “like” button. I try to respond to every comment on my own blog because ignoring people is not nice. I also have taken the time to visit every blog at least once of all those who followed my blog (assuming they have a blog). This however is getting time consuming–but im still dedicated to it. I always visit their “about” pages. Whenever I stumble upon an About page that still holds the “this is an example about page”, I always push like and comment it with a “Thanks! I love examples. I learn so much from them!” Maybe thats not a nice thing to do. Maybe I’m not a nice person. It makes me laugh. Hey, I just referred to myself as “it”. Odd.

    • Ha ha! Maddie, I hope you’ll allow a comment on a comment. Thatfunnyblogguy-I really like your approach to comments. The liking and leaving a comment on examples–great idea. I do that same about likes. I won’t leave one unless I read all the way to the bottom. In fact, I usually don’t “like” at all unless I do comment. I want the blogger to know I really did read all the way to the bottom. I personally find it really irritating when I get likes immediately for a particularly long post that I know the “liker” didn’t even have time to read before hitting the like button. Okay, now I must follow etiquette and reply to our lovely hostess.

    • You are a great blogger. You like, you occasionally comment, you’re a good host on your own blog – you get an “A” in my book, Marcus! I hope your boys have forgiven me for my faux pas. Tell them I spent 20 minutes under my desk after asking them to run up and down the stairs. 😉

  2. Maddie, this is really, really good stuff. Since you are in and out of my reader like a phantom, I really had no idea you had written previously on blogging etiquette. I must go read your earlier posts. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of the research and work you do to find out ways to help us. Your devotion to blog development and good writing is so inspirational and very helpful, thank you.

  3. Ok, I didn’t read the whole post yet because I was really stuck on something you said. You mean it’s possible that when I update an older post some people might get notifications of that? Oh gosh…I go around updating things a lot….

  4. This is a great post. But now I’m a bit frightened. Are you saying that every time we update a blog post, followers get an alert that we did so? I thought they only got an alert if we hit the publish button. Yikes.

    • Not all followers, just those who have requested alerts. The posts were already published, and I was hitting the update button because I added hotlinks here and there. When I saw responses to three posts, I quickly checked my reader, but nothing new was showing. It wasn’t until later I found out that the RSS feed picks up the updates. I don’t know if email alerts are sent.

  5. Well, I think that you gotta do what you gotta do! If you want to leave smiley face comments to let people know you were there and read the post, I say do it. Sometimes people just don’t have enough free time to write a page long comment and that’s okay. It’s when you do it for selfish reasons that it becomes annoying. There are people who like every single post I post and I see them liking every posts that my other followers posts…that’s a bit surprising to me. It makes me wonder if they read them at all. A lot of times I like a post because even though I may not have time to read the whole post, I actually enjoy the pictures I see in Reader. So I like it.

    I guess it’s different for everyone. I don’t get bothered by much. If people want to use anything I write, well that’s okay with me because I’m not in this to make money or become a famous blogger. I do it because I enjoy it and if others do too, then that’s all that matters.

    • See, that’s what freaks me out! Maybe I shouldn’t be liking so much or commenting so much. When I follow someone, I read *all* of their posts. Truly. I even click on quite a few of the links in their posts. I comment as often as possible, because it’s more personal, and I like to let someone know I liked the content of their post. I never expect someone to comment on my posts, I simply enjoy it when they do.

      • In a way I feel like there shouldn’t be a set of rules for what to do and what not to do. What if there are some blogs that you like to read only some of the time? Maybe the content isn’t 100% what you like to read about, but from time to time they write about something that really interests you. Should you follow them in that case? There are some blogs that I follow that post funny pictures, but I don’t have to time to look at every single one so I check up on it when I need a good laugh. Is that bad etiquette?

        • That’s how I feel. There should be no rules. I should have been more clear. I follow a few blogs that I have never clicked like for or left a comment. They tend to be entertainment blogs or humorous bloggers, and I am a voyeur. Even though I read all of the blogs, I follow, I don’t *always* leave a like or a comment.

        • And, no, your approach is not bad blogging etiquette. 🙂 I think bad blogging etiquette is leaving nasty comments on someone else’s blog, and so far, I’ve only heard about it; I’ve never seen it.

  6. Sorry to interrupt your lunch–yet another breach of etiquette I’m sure, but I do have to add something. I think that your blog posts always have great, insightful comments. You have a great dialogue going with your readers. Your approach to instructing us through your own learning process is such a wonderful thing. It really keeps your posts lively and informative. You do a fabulous job of keeping your readers engaged and really keep a conversation going. Did you happen to see WP’s recent posts on comments? Your blog is a fine example of excellent ways to encourage and foster comments. 🙂

    • You are so sweet. Thank you! I was more than happy to instruct my followers on how NOT to behave in a Best Buy. 🙂 I did read the recent WP posts on comments. They suggested not responding to all comments. I could never do that – even if there were a million comments, I would have to respond to all of them, wouldn’t you? I wouldn’t expect everyone to, but it’s kind of in my DNA.

      • I try to respond to as many as I can. But, in all fairness, I don’t have nearly as many as you do. I get a few. Ha ha, funny weird comments, but really, people don’t read me to get information or inspiration. They read me to get dorkified. How many times can someone say “You’re a dork, keep it up!” 😉

  7. Hi Maddie and thanks for another great post. I personally feel that sometimes all of these rules really get in the way of the sense of community we strive to be a part of when we blog. I read the other day that you shouldn’t thank everyone when they comment. That would make me feel plain rude. I think you hit it on the head when you state, “For me, everyday good manners and common sense go a long way in blogging. Be nice, have fun, be yourself.” Hope this makes sense. Just got off a plane and I’m still a little jet lagged. 😉

    • You always make sense, Richert. Yes, the “rules” do tend to get in they way. I think it’s also good to stop worrying about perception. I worried so much that people would think I was trolling for followers, when all I was doing was enjoying the world of blogging. There are so many great blogs out there! I just have to go with my instincts. If you were coming or going, I hope your trip was a good one – and that there was photography involved! 🙂

      • It’s definitely about the enjoyment, Maddie. As you mention, there are so many great blogs out there. If you saw my reader you’d probably roll over the floor laughing (or maybe yours is something like mine?)…I have bogs about photography, architecture, food, love, travel, books, etc. Lots of talented folks out there – including you, of course 😉

  8. For a while I followed everyone who followed me, but then I realized, I’m not reading these blogs, and they’re clogging up my reader list. I think genuine engagement works the best, and then they’ll like you, and forgive you for commenting unclearly at 3 AM. So, basically what you said. The only time I get freaked out is when I forget to thank people/add the other part of the comment, which is all the flipping time. I’ll address one part of the comment and then hit “Post Comment” at which point I realize I forgot the other bit.

    Okay–reread this. I’m okay to hit “Post Comment”.

    • I did just that up-thread. Had to reply twice for missing one part of the comment. I’ve gone through my follow list a few times now and whittled it down to make room for blogs I’m more likely to interact with. You are a night owl, too? I tend to leave comments late at night, and I think they are more interesting than I intend at times.

      • There’s this program called Flux for eyestrain. If you’re up late at night on you computer, I highly recommend it, if you don’t already have it. But yeah, I have to make myself go to bed most nights or I’d be up until 3.

        I find the more I talk about my ut-oh moments, the more I realize other people do the same exact things. I’m a contextual speaker, which means I assume you know what I’m talking about before I start. I have a tendency to not be clear at times because of it.

        • Thanks for the Flux recommendation. I’m going to give it a try. Working at home, I’m on the computer most of the day, and by evening, I definitely have eyestrain. This looks really good.

  9. Now I am completely FREAKED OUT! I just checked my email, and that crazy poetry Stairway to Heaven post about the stairs to nowhere is being freshly pressed. That’s crazy! And my husband’s schmeckel limerick is referenced in it. I’m running out to visit with our son for a bit, and then I’m going to come home and hide under my desk for a while.

    • YES!!!! I saw it already, that’s so awesome!!! That’s so quick too! When I got word I’d been pressed, it was two days before it hit the home page! Good luck answering every comment now, chicky! Very VERY well deserved. Now the whole blogging world will take notice of your awesome tutorials your regulars love! So happy for you!!!!

  10. This is great, it’s nice to find an etiquette posts that’s more personal instead of “you HAVE to do this”. haha. Great post, well done on getting freshly pressed 😀

    • Thank you! I’m so new to blogging, I would never presume to tell anyone how to do anything. It’s more fun anyway to find out what the experts say and then either agree or disagree. 🙂

  11. Yes, all these rules freak me out! I’m off to read your other two posts now, but I think you just have to figure out what works best for you and the time you have to spend on it. Congratulations on the press!

    • Thank you! Because I work at home, it’s easy to toggle back and forth between work and blog posts, so I do tend to spend quit a bit of time reading blogs. The boss can’t fire me! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  12. Thanks for posting this. It is tricky out there! I agree with the idea that comments should be more layed back than an actual post. I am not going to use all kinds of abbreviations, slang, and short cut words, but if I forget a damn comma…. get over it.

    • Yes, commas be damned! I love the group of people I’ve lucked into here (you included!). The fun banter and silly comments really make my day. I enjoy all of the blogs I follow, but it’s almost like opening a box of chocolates when I can click on a new post from a favorite, fun blogger.

  13. This comment is with my little fat finger on my word press app on my IPhone. Is that against blogging etiquette? 🙂 Great post Maddie!

  14. I so agree with everything you said! If you followed every bit of blogging etiquette would would not have time to eat or sleep. I am a blogger, yes, but that is just a small part of me. I have a few other commitments in my life! A good common sense post in my opinion.

  15. I am terrible at proof reading my comments like you my keyboard has seen better days and I guarentee the moment I hit post I see a typo or spelling mistake, I think the main thing is treat people as you expect to be treated so I always try to respond to comments either individually or with a follow up comment of my own and try to comment on others posts whenever I can think of something half intelligent to say lol 😀

    • You always have something good to post and to say, and you treat everyone with kindness. Yours is one of my favorite blogs, and I wish we we were on the same continent. It would be fun to tag along on one of your Saturday travels. 🙂

      • my travels are going to be curbed for a little while but hopefully one day i sahll be able to wander far further afield once more

  16. I like your blog, I like this post and I liked the one that was freshly pressed. Also, I do get freaked out on what to do or not to do on blogs, comments or whatever. But, I’m learning. Thanks for the interesting viewpoints.

  17. Really enjoyed this post for its honesty and information.
    I have actually stopped commenting on one blog because they don’t always answer every comment. I could understand if they were receiving hundreds of comments however, this is not the case for this particular blog….
    I think it says; your comment is not worth my time. So, I don’t… I think it’s just courtesy to respond; even with a smiley (which is always nice to receive).
    As I said, I enjoyed this post… Thanks for creating it…! 🙂

    • Thank you so much. It makes me a bit uncomfortable, too, when I’ve left a comment on a blog, and it’s ignored. Once, maybe. Twice, it’s either me, or they are rude. So glad we finally connected, Carolyn. I’ve seen you around and haven’t had the opportunity to chat with you. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

      • Very happy to connect too, Maddie. I don’t have a lot of time for blogging (as I’m sure is the case for many of us) however, it’s a good community… Nice to have you as a fellow blogger… 🙂

  18. Hi Maddie. Saw this part three today and went back and read P1 and P2. My thoughts exactly. 🙂 I started off slowly about 2 years ago, no idea what I was doing. Never told anyone I was blogging, waiting to see how many people would find and follow my blog just be it’s mere existence and by the rare post. It was a slow uptake.
    I still don’t know if I’m doing things right either. At first I blogged about random things and didn’t really want to expose my secret novel yet. Until a friend of mine introduced me to 6SS and Story time and I gradually opened the closet door. (The writing closet, that is!).
    I will only Like posts I’ve read and liked. I might only comment if it’s worthwhile or humourous but tend to resist letting the conversation drag on and on –
    Ahem…
    Better go now. This is almost becoming a blog post in its own right!
    Cheers!
    May the blind lead the blind in this blogging caper! We all learn from each other. 🙂

    • Richard, thank you so much for your input. Sometimes blogging feels like the genie got out of the bottle. It is quite a caper, and we certainly do learn from each other. I appreciate your “blog post” comment! 🙂

  19. I agree with your sense of bloggy etiquette, Maddie. I don’t see the point of crediting every single thing, especially when it’s clear where it’s from anyway. It’s a blog, not a scientific treatise. As for comments, I’m always happy when people read and comment, even if it’s just a quick smiley face. Sometimes it’s hard to think of things to say in comments, so I appreciate all of them. But I don’t get the blog fishers, I see them too and they’re usually very obvious in their motives but every so often I’ll follow one and they disappear. Oh well. People are funny, aren’t they?

    • So nice to see you, Madame Weebles. I think we last talked at your place with drinks in the cabana. Yes, people are funny. It has certainly been a learning experience traveling around the blogosphere. You are always gracious on your blog, and others could learn a lot from how you treat your guests. Thank you for stopping by today!

  20. Good post, I really lik — uh oh. People are notified when you make changes like that? Well, panic attack time I guess. I recently updated about… oh, half of all the posts I’ve ever made ever. Well I hope that didn’t go over too badly.

    For me, I just try to exercise basic courtesy and common sense and otherwise not stress out about everything else. Some make it seem as though some parts of the internet, like blogging, is an entirely separate culture with an entire encyclopedia set full of rules and restrictions and exceptions and whatnot. It’s kind of weird. Everyone has their own idea about what blogging should and shouldn’t be and how people should act.

    When I do anything, I basically just try to respond to people who comment on me and acknowledge my stuff, but there are some comments I just can’t reply to without sounding forced, so I don’t. I check my Reader from time to time and look at what posts are there. Sometimes I feel like I need to post or like if I haven’t done it to a blog in some time lest they think I’ve abandoned them, but I’d rather spend my time giving a thought-out response to something I care genuinely for. When I interact with others, I want it to be real, because that’s what all bloggers deserve.

    I think I was going somewhere with this post at one point… hmm. Well then. Carry on.

    • You are the best at leaving well-thought comments, Daniel. Basic courtesy and common sense were my final determination, too. I add and delete blogs as necessary realizing that everyone isn’t the right fit for every blog. I’m sure updates hit an RSS feed, but I’m not sure about other notifications. Thanks for stopping by!

  21. I love this. I’ve felt the same way and I’ve made exactly the same mistakes. It’s an art to be able to put words into understandable meaning. If you write about something you hate and I respond by saying – I hate it! Am I talking about your blog, or am I agreeing with you? I’ve have a few comments on my posts where I sit there and think – what is this person talking about? Are they making fun of me, agreeing with me, or disagreeing with me?

    WordPress won’t let me ‘like’ anymore for some unknown reason. It may be the settings on my computer, or it may be a WP problem – I don’t know, but it’s pretty annoying.

    I’m not sure why other people randomly ‘like’ without commenting. But I used to do this if I was in a hurry and wanted the person to know I’d read their post (can’t do that anymore:( )

    I think you’re doing very well with your blogging and your posts. Just be yourself and do what you want to do 😀

    • I use my like button without commenting quite a bit. It’s my way of showing support when I’ve read the blog post, but what I would say is what everyone else has said – or I’m in a hurry (as you said). Thank goodness we have smiley faces to convey some of our good feelings. Those little things help with tone. I would still like a delete key for my occasional poorly worded comment. 🙂

  22. I always try to at least like the posts, if I read it and really did like it. I only leave comments on a post if I have something to say about it.

    I’m still new to blogging and haven’t had to worry about responding to comments. When I am faced with that situation, I will at least thank them for their comment.

    As for the proper grammar, punctuation, etc… I don’t take the time to proofread my comments, and don’t expect anyone else to do it either.

    Happy Blogging 🙂

    • You sound like you are on your way just fine. It was much harder at first, and I was so hesitant to leave a comment anywhere, but everyone I have *met* so far has been really nice. Happy blogging to you, too! And thank you for your comment! 🙂

  23. Blogging freaks me out daily! I hate making posts and delete at least 50% of the ones I make before they go public thinking “Naaaaah nobody wants to read that”. I read a lot of blog posts but rarely comment – again I can rarely think of anything sensible and relevant to say or what I would have said has already been said by someone else and there doesn’t seem to be much point in repeating it. I even find Twitter a trial and if you can’t think of 140 characters then you shouldn’t be in social media.
    I think that you have done brilliantly bearing in mind the short time you have been blogging. I’ve been blogging since 2003 and am still floundering.

    • I think you have had some great posts. Your comfy chair interviews are always good, and the posts about The Strongest Woman and Helping the BBC were interesting to me as well. I can’t believe you have been blogging for so long. I’m sure I will still be freaked out in nine years, too! 🙂

  24. Blogging freaks me out because sometimes I allow it to control my moods. I followed blogging advice and updated things so people could get to know me better and had a problem with the gentlemen readers who thought I was here for them.

    I do respond to my comments, if they are middle of the night though I may forget. I don’t click like without reading and I do not want others to do that for me. It would keep me up at night!

    • La La, sometimes I wish I could go back to the beginning of the year and not have written books or started a blog. I feel like I let so much of my private life out there, and it’s kind of overwhelming at times. I totally understand it affecting your moods. I can see where, for you, being single and attractive and fun … well … you do have to be a little more cautious, don’t you. I’ve made enough adjustments that blogging is mostly fun now, but it still kind of freaks me out.

  25. Since I have an opportunity to say what I think about blogging, I will.
    Egregious errors in spelling and grammar turn me off. If the content is good and the error seems to be an oversight, then I ignore it. Sometimes we just throw ideas and thoughts into our fingertips and don’t notice everything. I generally read everything I write in response to a post before I hit the ‘post comment’ button, or ‘publish,’ when writing my own blog post.
    Even with that, there are errors, and I routinely read my published post, to update anything I missed. I’m more comfortable being as good a writer as I can be.
    We all get ideas from each other. That’s what writers do. A sentence or picture, a word, a story, sparks an idea in our own minds, and I think it’s fine to use those things as stepping stones into our own style of writing and storytelling. We inspire one another, and that is how it should be.
    I make comments when I have something to say and I feel compelled to respond. If I want you to know I’ve read your post, I’ll ‘like’ it.
    Etiquette, schmetiquette… Being genuine and honest – good enough for me. We should be exactly who we seem to be when we write our posts. The flavor of our personalities will be revealed over time. And with that, the folks who want to connect with us, will.
    It’s a wonderful thing, blogging. 😀

    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful response. I agree wholeheartedly – “the flavor of our personalities will be revealed over time” – so well said! And I do think you are right – the apple was kismet. I love when things happen just they way they should at just the right time. I appreciate your stopping by! Happy blogging! 🙂

  26. My main rule after 3-4 years of blogging is reciprocate, reciprocate, reciprocate… We can talk till we are blue in the face… If people don’t reciprocate… it defeats the goal of building community. 😉

    • I’m so glad you posted this. That is the word in a nutshell – reciprocate. It’s very hard to keep leaving comments when the blogger never responds to your comment. How do you develop any type of rapport with others if you don’t respond to visitor’s comments – or step out of your own blog and go visiting. We have the freedom to go wherever we want which is the beauty of all of this. Thank you. 🙂

  27. … I just panicked when you said emails get sent if you edit a post… though I checked my dashboard setting and you have to check a box to enable so I guess they’ve changed that now – phew!

    • I was hoping it wasn’t emails; I didn’t know for sure. My updates went out to those who request new updates via RSS feed. That tiny little bit of panic you felt? I think it was magnified ten-fold on the day I thought I spammed my entire follow list. Phew is right! 🙂

    • You’re welcome, Lacey. You have a nice blog. It’s a great mix of homey real-life, wonderful recipes, and now Griffey! I hope he’s feeling better. As you get around and get to know people, they will be fortunate to get to know you in return.

  28. Thank you for this post Maddie. I’m new at this, not blogging I’ve had one for a long time over at Blogger, and so did my dog. I got a few comments now and then but mostly it felt like I was talking to myself. It’s a different world over here at WordPress. It’s like a big community. I didn’t expect anyone to notice my posts or comment. It’s pretty cool but a little overwhelming. Thank you for the nice comments and for your funny, entertaining and informative posts.

    • You’re welcome. It really is cool but overwhelming, isn’t it. My biggest fear was being Freshly Pressed. I didn’t want that many people coming here and seeing what a goof I am. I thought it was funny that on this day I was writing about freaking out about blogging, the Stairway to Heaven post was Freshly Pressed. My heart sank for a few minutes, but it ended up being a lot of fun, and people were really nice. I don’t know if you saw, but on the day of the Stairway post, you were my 100th view that day. I had never had 100 views on one day before, so I put a comment in the comments section and told everyone who was reading to run over and look at your blog. 🙂 Your blog brings a smile to my face every day, and I’m happy you brought it here to WP. I expect you’ll have a big following here!

      • Thank you! I appreciate that. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed. Stairway to Heaven, my favorite song ever so I had to read your version, it is hilariously magnificent! I am proud to be your 100th view! That’s awesome!

  29. I think I’m hooked on BreezyBooks Blog! I love your writing style and your viewpoints on everything from stairs, colours to etiquette! Does this comment breach any etiquette rules he he he 😮

    • Hi, Noosha! No etiquette rules breached at all! 🙂 I love that you are so dedicated to helping people – especially without judgement. I’m looking forward to reading as you continue sharing. Thank you for your kind words!

  30. Who wrote this exquisite post??– give her a medal, I say!

    The terms “commenter’s remorse” (which sounds like some kind of intestinal affliction!) and “fisherman bloggers” made me roar with laughter. Even so, they are both very real phenomena, and you’ve summed them up beautifully.

    Giving that pushy “interview me” lady the boot was exactly the right thing to do.

    And finally, “Be nice, have fun, be yourself, and hide under your desk for twenty minutes if you commit a faux pas” is quite possibly the best and most sane advice on blogging I have ever read!

    Take a bow, dear Maddie!! : )

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