The Art of Blogging

I have been blogging for almost 2 years now, and let me state at the very outset that I am no expert.

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These are a few tips I’ve discovered over the past two years and, while I am no expert, and still learning, I would love to share these with you.

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Blogging is exactly like real life. It’s a moral science lesson, only delivered practically.

The moral science lesson is ‘Do unto others as you want others to do unto you.’ In blogging parlance, this means visit other blogs, read, comment meaningfully, and share them using any media (Reblog, Facebook, Twitter or on any blogging forum.)

Some of the rules to blogging are so basic that not knowing them is blasphemous. Not to sound arrogant or condescending, but I knew these rules within two months of my start a blog. Because I took the trouble to learn to blog the proper way and understand what it involves. Blogging isn’t just opening a free account on WordPress, typing a few random words, publishing it, and then expecting magic to take over and catapult your blog to the first page of Google search results.

Blogging is an art, and like for any other skill, one needs to take out the time to learn the basics and that includes knowing the rules. Some of the most basic rules about using correct grammar, avoiding foul language, and knowing what to write are obvious. And if you don’t know them already, or more importantly, follow them religiously, then God save you!

There are others which aren’t as commonly known. Two of these are commenting etiquettes and sharing links. So often I see bloggers making mistakes on just these two aspects of blogging.

Commenting Etiquettes

  1. Make a difference through your comments
    I don’t mean drop a line that praises the post sky-high. Nope, two words saying ‘Good post!’ isn’t a meaningful comment. Instead share what you liked about the post, or what impact it had on you. If the post is a personal memoir, did it bring the scene alive for you? Did it remind you of something – an similar experience, a long-forgotten memory perhaps? Or, did it make you laugh, think, cry? If it is a travel post, have you been to the same destination? Did you have a pleasant trip? If it is a opinion article, do you agree with the author’s perspective? Did it reflect your own opinions?
    For each post, there is something about it that you may like or dislike. Add to the discussion through a meaningful comment that contributes to the post. You’re free to add an alternate point of view too! Just remember Point No. 2.
  2. Keep it short.
    Don’t write a thesis. Express your opinion/feedback/point of view in a few lines. If you wish to say more, you have your own blog to do that. That’s why you created a blogging account, after all!
  3. Don’t leave your blog link
    When you visit someone’s else blog, you are entering their space. And while you are welcome to comment, don’t piggy-back on their readership and leave your links. Not only will someone like me delete them without a second thought, you would also have put them off and in the process lost a potential reader. (How else, will you promote your blog, you ask? Well, we’ll get to that a little later.) For now, let’s just agree that someone else’s blog isn’t the place for you to promote yourself.
  4. Be Kind and generous
    Be nice online, just as you would be in real life. Excess of emoticons is bad of course, but a smiley here and there is welcome, and in fact, appreciated. Being hidden behind a computer screen doesn’t mean it is okay to vent hatred and yet I see it happening all the time. If something you see online does anger you, just click the close button. Or if you have to express, and share your opinion, do it with maturity and logical reasoning, without indulging in personal attacks directed at the author.

Sharing Links

A lot of times I see bloggers put up a list of blogs they liked or visited in a certain time frame. Now, while promoting them is a great way to spread the word about a new blog you may have discovered, doing that in a mindless list, with no description of the blog or explanation of why you liked it, is of no benefit to anyone. A list of 100 blog links will not only put off your reader (Who has the time to go through them all?!) but also be percieved as a round-about way of shameless self-promotion much like leaving links in comments. (Every time you create a ‘ping-back‘ or a ‘back-link’, it leaves a ‘comment’ on the host blog.)

How to promote your blog then, you ask? Firstly, to that I would say, ‘Do you really have to’? In blogging, the ‘do good, don’t expect’ mantra holds truer than it does for real life. In other words, when you read, comment, share others’ blogs, you should do it selflessly, with the intention to promote other blogs, not yours. The basic idea is to not have the question ‘But how will it benefit me?’ in mind at all. If you follow the basic blogging etiquettes, others will too. And sooner or later, the good deed you’re doing will come back to you.

If someone is interested in visiting your blog, all they need to do is click on your profile image next to the comment. (On WordPress, it’s a ‘Gravatar‘ that contains a link to your blog. I am not sure about other platforms.)

Second, there are other less intrusive ways to do it, like linky parties and social media. There are even specific groups on Facebook and independent forums just for sharing blog links.

Indiblogger and Blogchatter are two prominent names. In fact, Blogchatter is a veritable mine of information on blogging, and social media management.

Just like you would do your bit, leave it to others to do theirs. You don’t need to hound people or spam Facebook or Whatsapp groups (unless specified that blog links are welcome) or ask people to share, comment, follow. They’ll do it anyway if they like what they read. So instead of focusing on promoting, what you do need to focus on is the quality of your content.
Make sure that your content is such that it not only draws readers but also resonates with them such that it forces them to share it of their own will.

And soon, your blog will find itself on page one of Google search results.

The above tips aren’t enough on the topic of Blogging and Commenting Etiquettes. There are online courses conducted by WordPress which are very helpful in understanding how the world of blogging works. In fact, I am currently in the middle of one such course, which I am doing for the third time! Do check them out here.

Do you have any such tips or advice? Do share them with me, using the comment box below.

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  • Ashwini Dodani (@AshwiniDodani)
    Posted at 14:12h, 15 September Reply

    Quiet well emphasized on the basics and ethics of blogging. I enjoyed reading this one as blogging is very close to me. Writing. Poetry. Words. Everything. 🙂

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 19:35h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you, Ashwini! You made me smile with that praise. I am glad it came across as well written. Was worried while I was writing it. 🙂

  • Ashiot
    Posted at 16:30h, 15 September Reply

    I really like when commentors present their point of view on the post and converse via comments.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 19:34h, 15 September Reply

      I know! Me too. 🙂 It adds so much more to the article. 🙂

  • Ruchie
    Posted at 16:41h, 15 September Reply

    You know what u have spoken up my mind.. please take time read and comment as we bloggers take out so much pain and time to bring one post

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 19:33h, 15 September Reply

      Exactly! And it doesn’t take much, brings so meaning to the post and joy to the writer. 🙂 Thank you for visiting. 🙂

  • Vinay Leo R.
    Posted at 21:03h, 15 September Reply

    Yeah. Lots of unsaid rules and tips in Blogging. Some get it quickly, others slowly, and some not at all. 🙂 I liked what you’ve said about commenting etiquettes. I’ve broken many of those when I was new to blogging. 😛 And have got irked when others broke it with a comment on my blog recently. So I could relate.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 17:05h, 16 September Reply

      True, we learn and get better at it. 🙂 Fortunately, for me the Blogging U. courses were a huge learning. Do try them some time. They have courses on writing, photography, and poetry, too. 🙂

  • shewrites170
    Posted at 23:30h, 15 September Reply

    Very crisp observations. I have been blogging for an year now and have felt same plus I have noted a pattern that shorter and crisp is the most, more response it attracts, just like you mentioned for comments. People prefer easy reads. Less is more.
    Thanks for sharing your insights!!

  • Rhonda Wiley-Jones
    Posted at 02:39h, 16 September Reply

    I concur with Wandering Soul about the etiquette of blogging. I learned a lot from Blogging University, Blogging 101. It was extremely helpful to me as a newcomer a couple of years ago. However, I cannot find the point of entry to continue the conversation online. But the lessons learned when taking a class were invaluable.

  • yarnandpencil
    Posted at 02:47h, 16 September Reply

    This is helpful, thanks. Makes me feel that I am doing ok with my blog. I always feel I could do better with commenting though, but I guess the more you do it the easier it becomes 🙂

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 17:03h, 16 September Reply

      Yes, indeed. And you’re doing brilliantly, not just okay. Thank you for visiting. 🙂

  • anupriya
    Posted at 13:58h, 16 September Reply

    I totally agree with you on all the points mentioned in the post. Also have registered for the Sheroes webinar. Thanks Piyusha for this post that reinstates blogging ethics.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 17:00h, 16 September Reply

      Thank you so much! 🙂 All the best for webinar. I shall be joining it too. 🙂

  • Dawn Marie
    Posted at 16:28h, 16 September Reply

    Very sound advise on all accounts!! I especially enjoyed that you did not only focus on the DO NOT do’s, but also included the DO do’s!😀 Hugs to you for a great post!

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 16:59h, 16 September Reply

      Thank you, Dawn! How have you been doing? 🙂

      • Dawn Marie
        Posted at 04:35h, 18 September Reply

        You are most welcome! I am doing well! Thank you for asking. And I do hope your life is blessed and highly favored! Hugs!!

  • Keerthi Vydyula
    Posted at 11:27h, 17 September Reply

    Blogging etiquette explained clearly. I am sure it creates a profound impact! Though i am new to blogging i learned many points you mentioned in a couple of months. Your thoughts resonate with me. If some post doesn’t interest us or if we do not find the connect after reading its better to not drop a comment than a 2 or 3 word comment! It really feels good when someone reads our blog with interest and drop a comment on how they felt or what it reminded them off! I loved this post and certainly going to share on social media so many more out there can pick up these good blogging etiquette’s.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 14:46h, 17 September Reply

      Glad to know it made sense, Keerthi! 🙂 Thank you for sharing on social media. 🙂 Means a lot.

  • Tina Basu
    Posted at 20:03h, 17 September Reply

    I second you on the commenting part. I have a whole post on commenting etiquette. It’s so important to read comment and share well.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 21:54h, 17 September Reply

      Indeed! And it doesn’t take much either. I’d love to read that post of yours. Please do share the link here.

  • Shalzzz
    Posted at 21:22h, 17 September Reply

    Oh, the commenting etiquette! How often I’ve been put off by “nice post” comment! Loved the tips you have given!

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 21:56h, 17 September Reply

      What irks me most is the blog url, often follows the ‘Nice post’. 😀 Thank you, Shalini! Glad you liked them.

  • Yuvi Zoplus
    Posted at 21:36h, 17 September Reply

    As I’ve launched my blog yesterday, it was quite insightful to read the article. I’ll try to stick to all the tips mentioned, as my blog matures. Thank you for the advice. 🙂

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 21:56h, 17 September Reply

      I am so glad to know you found them useful. All the best for your blog. 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting and commenting.

  • Shamik
    Posted at 16:53h, 18 September Reply

    First of all thank you for curating and sharing a post like this. This is very helpful.
    I have used the above tips on my blogging stint and was helpful.
    Meaningful comments on a post is really very important. That way you are adding value to the post, which will help in building a repute.

  • Tina Sequeira
    Posted at 21:56h, 18 September Reply

    Hi Piyusha! This is a wonderfully written post. In fact, I learnt something new from here. Not to leave your link on someone else´s blog when I read the contrary. That you should leave it to boost your Alexa rank. I never used to but started when I read the other blog. I´ll go back to me old me….back to etiquette. Glad you wrote this one. In fact, I see a lot of people breaking so many etiquette rules. This one is an eye-opener. Keep writing! Love and Cheers!

  • Itinerary Planner
    Posted at 01:01h, 19 September Reply

    I confess. I have made a few blogging mistakes, but swiftly learning from posts like yours the best way to be a better blogger. In the past I have been stingy with my comments but now I am becoming more comfortable adding to the chatter. How should you respond to ‘likes’ you receive but when you visit the site and it is not appealing to you. Should I respond with a like for the sake of like?

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 12:24h, 23 September Reply

      Don’t click on like if you don’t really like it. 🙂 I don’t see any way of responding to likes, but then that’s a flaw with WP, I guess. You could just send up a silent thanks to them. 🙂 That’s what I do.

  • haddock54
    Posted at 04:58h, 19 September Reply

    Agree with this – You don’t need to hound people or spam Facebook or Whatsapp groups

  • Disha
    Posted at 13:00h, 22 September Reply

    First thing I did after reading your post was to register for the Sheroes session. And, thanks fot sharing the tips. Even I have been guilty ib past of making some of them. Blogging is a continous learning! 🙂

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 12:21h, 23 September Reply

      It is, indeed! Even I am still learning and discovering new things. 🙂 Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  • AuraOfThoughts MeenalSonal
    Posted at 15:19h, 27 September Reply

    Hi Piyusha! Blogging is no easy job, and you expressed it very well. All points shared here are great reminder for all bloggers 🙂

    Cheers MeenalSonal

  • Nisha Sharma
    Posted at 01:06h, 29 September Reply

    Thank you for inspiring new bloggers expression is an art and u said it exactly the same

  • Nisha Sharma
    Posted at 01:09h, 29 September Reply

    I really appreciate you and your content..!! Best wishes 🙂

  • profkaruoya
    Posted at 13:48h, 07 November Reply

    Thanks slot for the tips, indeed they are eye opening for new bloggers such as me.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 13:50h, 07 November Reply

      Glad you find them useful. Thank you for reading. 🙂

  • meghna bhardwaj
    Posted at 15:13h, 10 November Reply

    Wow piyusha!!!Thanks for sharing the information! Specially the etiquettes section was of great help..Looking forward to more of ur posts!

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 15:42h, 10 November Reply

      Glad it proved useful. 🙂 Thanks for reading, Meghna!

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