"Blogging is pure vanity."
I've been thinking about blog etiquette for a couple of weeks now. I have a couple of pet peeves regarding blogs and I wondered if there were "rules of thumb" so to speak for maintaining one. A Google search turned up a couple of interesting links, but not exactly what I was looking for. I guess my peeves are just a personal preference thing that I will need to decide to get accustomed to, or not. But since I had found these links, I might as well share them with you.
Sharon Housley at FeedForAll has a comprehensive list on the do's and don'ts of blog and rss feed etiquette. Another great article was written by Zona Marie Tan. Mud Puppy is another good link with five additional links at the bottom of his post for more. It starts to get repetitive after these, but there is a lot of interesting stuff here - check them out!
As for my pet peeves, I might as well list them. Maybe others feel the same or just never thought about it.
1. I subscribe to a lot of blogs, but I tend to unsubscribe if I have to visit the blog for the full post. I can see the value in getting traffic to your blog. It's exciting to see the hit counts go up and see who's reading, but when I'm in my reader I don't want to have to stop and open another link. I click through to comment and I try to hit ads and stuff while I'm there to help out, but I've stopped reading all but a handful of blogs that don't allow full articles in the RSS. I probably get less hits on mine for this, but it's neat to see how many subscribers I have too.
2. Comments that are moderated or require CAPTCHA bug me a little. I used to have both, but I think it's a turn off. I worried about spammers and flamers, but I can delete comments that aren't applicable and I think it's nicer to add a comment without hoops. I've skipped leaving comments with difficult CAPTCHAs before. It's not always worth it.
That's all really. Like I said, it's preference thing. What do you think?