Bloggers rules of engagement: standard procedure draft “A”
I love reading through other people’s blog, leave comments, and occasionally hit those like buttons. But just like all things in life, you realize one size doesn’t fit all. I came across a very powerful blog where the writer was venting off about some of the ways readers were interacting with this blogger’s website. Let’s just hypothetically say his/her name is Rousseau. Keep in mind, just because I’m referring to the blogger as Rousseau does not mean it’s necessarily a French sounding woman, because it can be any talented blogger, male or female. I just picked that name after my favorite prime time TV series, LOST :). Anyway, she was venting off regarding some “mediocre” comments left by one some of her readers and supposedly people hitting the like button when they didn’t even read anything. I personally don’t care what viewers do when they come to my site, I’m still in shock that people swing by to look through my crap…lol. But in her defense, she is a very good blogger and she probably gets ton of emails, comments, and the like hits. She also had plenty of comments that supported her venting.
I tend to view everybody blog site like it’s his/her personal home. I go into their home and I need to have a proper etiquette. Every house may have its own variance and rules that may differ from other homes, but I must respect it.
I’m wondering if it’s worthwhile to create a page dedicated to going over some “house rules” for guests. It would be a sad situation if Joe Blow enters Rousseau’s blog page and leaves a comment about how good her title font is, hits the like button, and he gets blasted by her. There is enough anger and resentment in this world as is, do we really need to create more? If this “house rule” page can save the life of one Joe Blow from being blasted, it would be worth it!
Another reason to support the house-rule page, it can prevent the “throttle back condition” that may result. For example, you want to leave somebody a comment, but you want to be cautious and not be the first one to comment on the topic. Wouldn’t it be great to eliminate the uncertainty before you start diving into somebody’s blog?
I don’t want to be political here but we are dealing with a political hot potato of “Pro choice vs., Pro restriction” 🙂
Do you think Rousseau’s assumptions should be common sense, or do you think some rules should be documented on the main page? I would have loved to link Rousseau’s blog here, but I wasn’t sure if there are some release forms I need to fill out before I can do something like that. During tough times like this, it’s better to “throttle back when you get near a door” than to be caught in a middle of a controversy 🙂