Blogging faux pas

If you’ve been around the blogging block, you’ve probably seen those lists of things blogger should never do. For instance:

1. Don’t fail to respond to your comments

2. Don’t fail to write regularly

3. Don’t stray off topic

4. Never apologize for, or explain, an absence.

Well I’m not one for following rules if they don’t fit my situation (unless they’re rules or laws handed down by the powers-that-be).

I do respond to many comments, but I don’t have time to answer every single one (thanks for being a talkative bunch!) But I definitely appreciate them all, and I look forward to them a lot. So keep commenting so I know you’re out there, and feel free to talk amongst yourselves sometimes. Conversations are a good thing.

Writing regularly is also something I aim for, but life gets in the way a lot. Luckily I have some faithful commenters who give me a kick in the rear ifย  I take too long between posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Staying on-topic is important, but it helps when you actually have just one topic. Crayon Writer is loosely about my journey as a freelance writer and single mother working from home, so there are a lot of topics I can safely cover (parenting, mothering, children, writing, working from home, blogging, and a whole lot more).

Finally, the one rule I think I haven’t “broken” is not apologizing for or explaining a long absence. Or at least I try to weave it into another blog post, like this one. I’ve been gone for a long time getting over my first (and hopefully last) bout of the stomach flu, and it really knocked me down for the count. Coupled with moving, I’ve gotten really behind with everything.

So, thanks for your patience, thanks for still reading, and enjoy my apologetic flurry of posts-to-come.

Do you follow all the blogging rules? Why or why not?

27 Responses to “Blogging faux pas”

  1. Jena Isle says:

    I do follow the rules you mentioned above but I believe that as long as a blogger has a good motivation , then everything will fall into place. Thanks for sharing.

    Jena Isle’s last blog post..STILL STUPID AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

  2. Guy Vestal says:

    Very nice. Nice writing throughout, nice website. Good work. I wish I had better writing skills. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Guy Vestal’s last blog post..A valiant effort…

  3. Triphow Ling says:

    Jena is right. Everything will fall into place.

    • Theda K. says:

      I hope so. And thanks for the info you emailed me. I really appreciate you and your interest in my blog. Sometimes I write because I know you’re waiting for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Copywriter says:

    I think you mentioned some very important points in this post.

    For blogs to succeed you need to be consistent and entertaining for the audience you are writing for.

    You’ve done a fine job of doing that and no matter what the comments should be what drives your topics.

    As a copywriter myself I know what it means to write for your target audience. In this case the target audience are the people who comment.

    Keep doing what you’re doing.

    Thanks,

    Jay

    • Theda K. says:

      Thanks for the encouragement, Jay. I hope I keep entertaining you guys. I wrote in the beginning because it was interesting to start a blog. But then I kept writing because my audience liked it. Now I can’t stop, even if I feel like it (for some silly reason). And that makes it even more fun…there’s actual, real people that want to read what I think. Imagine that!

  5. Michele says:

    I was recently absent from my blog for close to a month, I think. There were just a lot of things going on in my life and I had to tend to them. Simple as that. I didn’t give details to my readers, but I just wrote up a post saying something similar to what I’ve said here and all is well. My readership wasn’t hurt, I don’t believe. I came back refreshed, inspired, and realized that the break from blogging actually worked out for the best. I discovered I had needed that time away. It was nice. But it feels good to be back. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sorry about your sickness. Hope you’re stronger than ever soon!

    *smiles*
    Michele

    Michele’s last blog post..Freelance Writing: Sharing Our Hearts

    • Theda K. says:

      I’m glad you’re rejuvenated. I felt like I was gone so long, so I wanted to sneak in a reason. And I also want to continue to be “human,” not just someone who writes some blog. And humans have real lives, and sometimes our real lives are more interesting than what we think about writing.

      One day I’ll write my memoirs, especially if people want to hear about my real life.

      Thanks for commenting!

  6. I liked the morals you share with us. Thanks alot.

  7. Kathy says:

    Presented with a list of rules of any kind, I usually violate at least one of them! But I’m on target with these. Especially replying to every comment. It’s a critical part of the success of my blog. It builds community and I would be nowhere without that.

    Kathy’s last blog post..The Mosaic Picture Meme

    • Theda K. says:

      Hi Kathy,

      You’ve inspired me to try my best to respond to every comment. I know how it feels to take the time to write a well-thought-out comment, and the blogger never responds. It’s even worse when I see that hardly anyone else commented, and they barely write blog posts, yet they didn’t even respond.

      Maybe you can share with me/us how you keep up, especially when people comment on old posts, and especially when you get several comments a day. I don’t get a whole lot, I guess, but it seems like I barely have time to respond, let alone write a post frequently, and take care of my other jobs.

      But again, thanks to your well-thought-out comment, I will make a huge effort, even if it’s just to say, “Thanks for the comment!”

      That said, thanks for the comment Kathy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. gene says:

    Rules are made to be broken..try different thingd and see what works for you.

    gene’s last blog post..Cheap Mortgage Tips

  9. If you are trying to build a loyal readership for your blog, you really need to respond to at least any questions left by your readers. I also like to respond to any really good comments to encourage more.

    -Fred

    Washington Mutual Online Banking’s last blog post..Washington Mutual Mortgages – Multipay Home Loan

    • Theda K. says:

      Good points, Fred. I’m going to work on doing a better job at replying, but if I get bogged down or have a ton of old comments, I’ll focus on at least what you mentioned.

      Thanks!

  10. CurlyNicole says:

    I only recently started blogging. I would love to have some comments to reply too. The only comment I have had so far is the automatic one you get when you install wordpress :/

    Keep it up!
    Nicole

  11. Life certainly does get in the way… So many things to write about and so little time to impliment it ๐Ÿ™

    Great blog and site, keep up the good work.

    Sean – Argentina Soccer’s last blog post..Argentina 1-1 Ecuador

  12. I think thats an unfair comment Fred, looks like Theda works very hard to respond to peoples comments.

    Ignore him Theda ๐Ÿ™‚

    Vlad – Professional Soccer Drills’s last blog post..Warm up.

  13. The way I see things, blogging is about personal expression. Some people blog commercially, but this really isnt what blogging is about. In fact, I’d prefer if people called it something different.

    Blogging should bring you happiness, and it is something you should always do for yourself. If you are always worried about pleasing the reader and staying ‘on topic’ then you stand to lose the entire purpose of blogging.

    If you stay true to yourself, your readers will become attracted to your honestly and a generosity.

  14. Dave says:

    great info! i just started blogging myself and have trouble with the comments people leave. i appreciate your post and input!

  15. Patricia says:

    So true about comments! And you have so many! I don’t see how you could possibly respond to all of them. You certainly do not have to respond to this one. I know I don’t (can’t) respond to them all and I don’t get nearly as many as you do.

    Patricia’s last blog post..Is This Really the Way to Get a Man to the Doctor’s?

  16. Theda K. says:

    Hi Patricia! Of course I have to respond! Yeah, I thought i could keep up, but what happens is people respond to posts all over the place (weeks will have gone by), a lot of them are moderated first, so I’m going through sifting through the spam, etc.

    I’m trying to give myself a responding schedule, but I’m also trying to get a schedule at home for my daughter, businesses, job hunting, etc.

    Speaking of which, I gotta run ’cause it’s time to take my daughter to a gym class! So much to do. So little time. Thanks for understanding!

  17. Monavie says:

    Number four should be the Golden Rule of Blogging. There is nothing worse than every post being about why you haven’t posted in the first place! I love that I don’t have to worry about those kind of posts on your blog. I’m sorry you were sick, flu is no fun at all.

  18. If you stay true to yourself, your readers will become attracted to your honestly and a generosity.