Thanks to those who attended this past week’s September SmartGroup on Blogging. It was an energetic discussion and our panelist did an excellent job on speaking to the do’s and don’ts of both business and personal blogging. Below are the presentations from Andre Jensen and Meg Thompson as well as the notes from Jake Ortman and Jon Abernathy.
If we didn’t get to your specific blog question during the Q/A, please leave a comment here and we’ll create the ‘virtual panel!’
Notes from Jake Ortman (and a review of our general discussion on etiquette)
Some of these blatantly stolen from http://www.tipjunkie.com/2008/05/blog-etiquette-or-blogtiquette.html
For the Blogger
Give Credit where credit is due. If it’s not your content, don’t claim it. Link to the original author.
Don’t blog about something that will get you fired or cause you to lose a relationship, unless you’re comfortable with losing job or relationship.
(This is my biggest issue, personally): Don’t be long-winded. If you have a TON to say, break it up between several blog posts, and make sure to link them all together.
Don’t feed the trolls: Some visitors to your site will always post vitriol no matter what. It’ll just be a waste of your time no matter what. However, think twice or thrice before you delete inappropriate comments from your blog. Some of your best conversation will come from controversy.
But do respond to comments. It’s encouraging to your readers to know you’re involved.
Each blog you visit is the Internet “home” of someone. You wouldn’t dare walk into a home and run your mouth at the host. It’s inappropriate to do on blogs as well. It’s just ugly and you end up looking stupid. Don’t do it. It’s immature.
Don’t be the guy that always has to post “First Post!” or something equally inane. You generally only see this on high-traffic sites, what do these guys think they’re accomplishing? When I think about all the great moments in online history, this guy’s first post is not going to be on the top of my list.
Actually read the post you’re commenting on, because if you ask a question or bad-mouth the author for something they’ve already covered in the original post.
Don’t plug your own site unless it’s relevant to the discussion or original post. Plugging your diet pill on a site about the latest XBox games? Stupid. Plugging your site just for the sake of plugging it and attempting to get google juice? Unless there’s a compelling reason, I delete those comments.
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