I've seen a few blogs recently that have mentioned some key elements in blog etiquette and before I knew it I stumbled across more rules for blogs and then some great suggestions. You know the kind of suggestions. Strongly suggested.
I'm a pretty easy going person and I don't care to follow rules. Okay, I'm lying. I was the worst person about questioning the rules, pushing the boundaries and creating loopholes. *Aren't you lucky you weren't my mom?*
Anyway, I think most rules are self explanatory. To comment regularly on blog posts you enjoy, use your manners and be respectful. It's a lot like life, you know? It's also a lot like a big conversation between you and however many hundreds of people that want to stop by. So, you should always keep in mind that if you don't want someone to know about what you write, it's best to ... well, not write it in a public blog.
But, I start feeling the stirs of rebellion when I hear of things that aren't necessarily offensive that I shouldn't blog about. Let me try to give you examples.
I do not and will not blog about:
Politics-I hardly understand the crap myself
Religion-I believe in God, but I welcome all walks of life, religion and tradition. I believe I have blogged once about spirituality once when I included a video of some awesome performers. So-I break my own rules.
Uhm, I think that's it. I love to talk to my fellow bloggers and I enjoy finding out some personal information along with the other great stories, photos, videos and tips for writing or life in general. I like to celebrate with you when you're happy, commiserate when your miserable etc...
So why list rules like, "Do not celebrate having followers/supporters" "Don't give me any sob stories" and the list goes on...apparently. I understand how awards can be overwhelming when you have hundreds of followers and you are just that awesome. I know that constant sobbing over rejections/boredom, bad writing..fill in the blank...would be a real downer. Yes, if I mentioned my number of followers on a constant update, we might wonder if I'm a tad narcissistic.
To all things, a balance is needed. Don't celebrate every follower in every post. *Though I have seen blogs that welcome their new followers by name, which I think is awful sweet.* But....I don't know about you, but when I started blogging in September, I had 6 followers and it seemed to stay that way forever. Then all of a sudden, we all started to meet and now I'm at -------->that many which is TOTALLY mind blowing to me. And the occasional sob story, I want others to know I go through misery too. I don't mind to see someone blowing off steam or stress or tears on their blog once in a while. Life is tough. On all of us in one way or another. I empathize and want to support my cool kids the way I would want to be supported. Ya know?
For the record, I'm not putting down anyone's choice of rules for their blog. Some want nothing but professionalism, and I get that. I really do. But why expect everyone else to blog the way you do? (I say 'you' in the collective of people that make rules. LOL)
As a writer, and as fellow humans, we are emotional, sensational, dramatic, religious, political, optimistic or pessimistic. We probe humans to make up our own characters. Why not learn a bit about each other's ups and downs?
I would like to end this post on a positive note. I love every single one of your blogs that I follow and I'm pretty sure I follow everyone that follows me (If I don't, please correct me in the comments and leave your blog address!!) And if my rules irk you, it's okay. I will break them eventually.