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Today we are going to hear from another one of my very talented Flickr swap friends Kerry. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your wisdom with us Kerry!!
Over at her blog Kerry has some great sewing/quilting tutorials, so if you sew make sure you check those out too. Enjoy...
Hi, I am Kerry from verykerryberry, I live in the UK in a little city by the sea and I blog about my sewing life and vintage finds. As this is a post on manners I need to thank Kat for this slot in her series of guest posts on the theme "Blogging Etiquette", a great idea as there are a lot of issues and whenever they are raised, hot discussion ensues. I have been blogging for a year and learning the ins and outs of blogging is an ongoing process, I am only at the beginning. These are the things I know so far about blogging etiquette.
Which blogs do you read and admire and why? A good place to start when considering Blog etiquette, is to think about what works for you & what doesn't when you read other people’s blogs. For example some blogging voices are confessional and intimate. Others are distant - you may not know (and they may not want you to know) the blogger's real name. Do you use a persona on your blog? Blogging etiquette reflects these styles. It can also change. My blog voice is more confident now than when I started. So how do you want to blog?
Flickr and Blogging- I blog as a social tool and to share.
Sewing is solitary, my friends don't really want to talk fabric each time we meet so on my blog I get to share with like minded individuals. I also blog to keep a record of what I make and what is inspiring me at any given time. For me blogging has a close relationship with Flickr, the photo sharing site and many of my sewing projects start there.
Contact- As a blogger you are putting material out onto the world wide web so expect communication. I find it really frustrating when I can't find how to email a blogger. You can always leave a comment on their latest post but making email easy to find is so helpful. To avoid spam scanning for email addresses you can spell it out- kerrykit at yahoo dot co dot uk. I add a picture button with a link to my address. Visit shabby blogs for similar!
Comments- I don't think I have ever come across a blogger who doesn't welcome a comment. I like it when I know how a blogger responds to comments and this is normally written by the comment box. For example, some respond within the comments- I am not the biggest fan of this, you have to find the post again to see the response but if you are going to do it, I'd prefer it if you'd say. Some people don't respond at all- I find this a bit rough, if someone is taking time out to give you a bit of feedback some sort of response would be good , even a quick, "Hey thanks"or even a group response within the comments. This is hard for very popular blogs with thousands of followers but ironically I have found they often do respond. Then, there are bloggers who will email the commenter back, say hi, thanks, answer a question. I favour this but it takes time and dedication. I do this now when I can find the commenter's email-(don't forget to check your blogger profile, do you know if people can contact you?) I do wonder how this works with more followers.
Do you comment? Some do a lot, some never. It makes a bloggers day when you do. Blogging takes time and effort, you consume the blog, give a little back. It doesn't have to be anything deep and meaningful- a quick- "love your fabric", " I have one like that too" etc, just so the blogger knows that there is someone out there, we all want to be loved just a little bit/
Linking and sharing- I find this fairly straightforward. If you want to share someone's Flickr pic on your blog e.g. in a mosaic, or just cos you like it, the code that you paste from Flickr automatically puts the original link in for you when the pic is clicked. Flickr is a sharing site, if you don't want your Flickr pics blogged, or used in mosaics, check your privacy settings. I do find it a little mean spirited when people make inspiration mosaics, post the pic on their blog or Flickr and don't paste in the links. Give credit where it is due, share the love, show the creators, let their work inspire others.
Other photos on people blogs are different- always ask. You can protect yourself by labeling your pics, time consuming but effective. What about links? If I have read something I think others will like I put a link on so readers can choose to visit. However, when I write a tutorials with links to other people's blogs to show a technique I sleep easier knowing I asked their permission and they said yes.
Share and Share alike- Ultimately, blogging to me is about sharing. I read lots of blogs, use their tutorials, enter giveaways, find fabric and ideas- I want to give a bit back and do the same for others. If you put your work into a public arena you run the risk of being ripped off, copied etc. Although your blog can be proof of who made what and when. I am happy to take the risk for the greater good of crafty blogging. I have made the best online friends with bloggers whom I never dreamt would email me, share stuff and chat online. I have made friends with whom I share maybe nothing but a deep love of the same fabrics and it has lead to happy online times.
I get the biggest thrill with each follower and commenter. Most of all blogging makes me happy.