If Emily Post wrote a book on blogging etiquette, what would be the dos and don'ts? This week the YA Author Club sponsors try to put into words the common sense rules that allow bloggers to show respect to one another/fans/friends/followers while keeping their posts relevant and edgy.
For me, this topic boils down to the Golden Rule, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Simply put, I don't say anything to or about anyone that I wouldn't want said to or about me. I know there is a world of reality TV junkies (my daughter) who love to watch family/friend drama as it unfolds before their eyes, but I go out of my way to avoid drama/conflict/etc. It is not because I can't handle it or because I'm afraid of people and their negative reactions. It is because I don't think it is necessary. I'm much more at ease in a world where people support one another... build each other up rather than put each other down. Helping the person next to us to get up (in the real world or the virtual world) makes all of us better people and strengthens our humanity. It's in that spirit that I write all of my blogs and my reviews.
Now, that does not mean that I won't speak my opinion periodically, but even then, I remain respectful and stick to supportable facts. It does mean, however, that I will not review a book that I would rate with anything less than four stars, meaning that I either loved the book or respect the author's writing, character building, story-line, etc. There will never be one false or inaccurate statement within my reviews. From there, others can decide if the book is right for you.
The final recommendation I have for blogging Dos and Don'ts is to follow back when a fellow blogger/author follows/fans/friends you. It goes a long way toward opening the virtual lines of communication. It's comparable to saying 'Hi!' to a passerby who has just offered you a salutation. There are those who think they can't follow a site they don't know or 100% support because they are afraid of what others will think. I don't think that long or hard about it. If someone wants or needs a fan/friend/follow/LIKE, I'm willing to give it to them without over thinking it or without acting as though I'm signing my life away. The worst case scenario is that later (after the person has committed some horrendous crime) you can un-fan/un-follow/ un-friend/un-LIKE the person/site.
Take a few minutes to see what my fellow sponsors have to say about blogging etiquette.