Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel is hosting the Blogging Insights series.
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This week, Dr Tanya says:
A couple of weeks ago, for Blogging Insights # 49, I asked my readers for any topics that they would like to see discussed on this forum. Sadje whom you all know from her tremendously popular blog KeepItAlive, was the first to respond. She presented a very discussion worthy topic, set out four questions and elaborated very clearly what she wanted us to tell her.
So here are her questions without any additions from me:
How long should the comment thread be? For example, if some blogger likes your post and says so, you thank them. Then they say that you’re welcome or it’s a pleasure, afterwards most shift to emojis or smiley faces. It can go on for quite some while. So I would really like to know what is the acceptable cutoff number.
Reblogging etiquette; I reblog the responses to my prompt as I state in my prompt post. But if I want to reblog a post which I like or was moved by, should I ask them first? What is the accepted protocol for that?
What should you do when people don’t respond to your comments on their posts? Should you stop commenting on their post or give them a reminder about your comment?
Award posts; These are the trickiest regarding etiquette, as most people don’t even acknowledge that they were nominated for that particular award. What should be the proper way to deal with this situation?
- How long should the comment thread be?
It is always nice to get comments, and saying thank you /you’re welcome is polite and IMO sufficient.
It depends on context though and if additional comments warrant further responses.
- Reblogging etiquette
I’ve reblogged several bloggers’ work but have always given them credit with a link to their site. However, there have been instances when I have loved a particular photo and have asked if I can use it myself for something else. Again though, I always give full credit to the blogger or photographer.
- What should you do when people don’t respond to your comments on their posts?
This could be for a variety of reasons, most common of which is that your original comment for reasons unknown gets diverted to their spam or trash folder. If you feel it is really important, you could send a second comment and mention the first one hasn’t materialised. Bear in mind though that usually comments have to be approved and if for some reason the blogger hasn’t accessed their blog, this could account for it. Give ’em some slack.
- Award posts
This is a toughie. With so many awards available, most of us have had them several times, but it is always nice to be nominated and thought of. However, answering so many questions, nominating so many other people and asking them so many new questions can get tiring if not tiresome, which is a shame. Personally I always acknowledge whoever nominates me, and like to answer their questions, but most times I don’t pass it on now with named nominees and throw it open to anyone who wishes to participate.