Over at Joy’s blog she has a post on blog etiquette. She has a bunch of questions with her answers regarding the subject. I won’t put the questions here, because I agree with 99% of her answers anyway. Go check them out. However, while I was leaving a nice long winded comment on her blog, I thought of additional questions.
1. How important is spelling and, for that matter, grammar in both your own blog posts and while commenting on other people’s blogs?
I’ve wondered about this one because I’m not a great speller, and probably make a tonne of grammatical errors. Generally, I think, people understand. I mean most of us in the blogging world are amateurs, right?
When it comes to my own blog, I’ve gotten in the habit of writing the post (especially if it’s long) in Word. It doesn’t catch everything. Mistakes still slip through, but I feel pretty confident that there won’t be errors. And I don’t want to know if there are, okay?? Except that I used to keep spelling “maybe” as “may-be” until G called me on it one day. I really thought the word was meant to be hyphenated, and it never came up in spell-check. Huh.
On the other hand, there isn’t a spell checker when you’re commenting. I wish there was because, like I said, I have spelling issues. I always misspell definitely and unfortunately. It’s amazing how many times I use those two words, and yet I still can’t get it into my head how to spell them. So, when I have the time, I copy my comment into Word to spell check. Neurotic? MAYBE. Many times, though, I just fire a comment off and don’t read it until it’s already posted. Then I see my errors. When THAT happens, should you write ANOTHER comment apologizing for the errors on the previous comment? My non-blogging friends who read this are probably thinking that I’ve lost it at this point!
By the way, I’ve read that some people save their posts to drafts and come back and proof read them later before they’re published. I do NOT do that. I write and then I post.
2. Is it okay to comment on other people’s comments on other people’s blogs?
Sigh. Did you follow that question?? I like it when people do that in my comments section. Great conversations can ensue.
3. (I just thought of this one after reading Emma’s blog today.) Is there a polite amount of time in which you should complete a meme if you’re tagged? And, for that matter, is it rude to not complete one if you’re tagged?
In my opinion. No and No. Others may disagree.
4. When you’re a new visitor/commenter to someone’s blog should you introduce yourself? Ex: “Hi! I’m dropping by from Heather’s blog. Great picture!” Or do you just jump into commenting?
I’ve done both. Sometimes, I think it’s nice to say where you heard of their blog. That’s the fun part about the blogging world. The tangled web.
Now that I’ve written these questions and my answers I’m feeling they’re kinda pointless. In the end, blogging is supposed to fun. Well, that’s why I do it anyway. I know that it would quickly lose its attraction if there were suddenly rules I had to follow. Or do people find comfort in rules? It could go back to school days where they posted a set of rules on the wall.
We could have a blogging version.
Our Blogging Rules
We be nice.