September 28, 2009

Monday Manners for 9/28/09

"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?


  1. Dude, I HATE me some comment hoop jumping. I don't have anything and have only had to delete very few comments.

  2. I am the opposite. I don't like to crowd my feed with full content. If I am interested in the name of the post or if the post is from my blog friend, I will read regardless. I don't like moderated comments, but I welcome captchas. I work for a company that makes those robots, you know :)

  3. The comment think is kind of a pain, yup. I think mine are wide open (hence, the not-so-happy comments over the last couple of days when I was inviting debate).

    As for reading, I visit each blog that I read every time I see an update. It is my daily reading. Not unlike a newspaper.

    No preferences there.

    I think we all have to do what works for us.

  4. Yep I prefer to readon the blog not in a reader.

    After having dealt with spammers for years (on forums and other blogs) I will always use comment moderation, but it is defintely each to their own I think.

  5. My comments are moderated because I blog anonymously. I don't need someone accidentally outing me. BUT I did turn off the CAPTCHA after reading your post. It's certainly not necessary it I'm moderating comments.

  6. I so hate people who don't let me read their blog in my reader. That's the point of the reader! Very few blogs will I click through to read the post on the blog. Has to be something I'm really interested in.

    That's the point of a reader. I can quickly glance through lots of blogs and really read and click through to comment on the ones that I like/need/read/use.

    As for the comments, I'm not so sure. I don't mind having to make commenters identify themselves. It allows me to know, somewhat, who they are. But not to extremes. That, I don't like. So yea, Captiva is out. And I can always delete spam.

  7. I prefer to read posts in their original blog. But being able to use a reader is important if the blog isn't accessible for visually impaired visitors.

    For example, even though I've got good vision, the light text on the white background in raising3thinkers makes it difficult for me to read it. Low text contrast on a website is another DON'T. :-)

    You can use tools, such as, to avoid making that faux pas.

  8. Hey, S!

    Regarding #1, I have no idea what you're talking about.

    Regarding #2, I have no idea what you're talking about.

    Let me know if I need to change something on my blog so you'll keep reading it :)


  9. So interesting! I love the different opinions :)

    Teacherninja-I haven't had to delete any so far.

    Raising a Happy Child-Oh I didn't know you work with CAPTCHAs. That is very, very cool! I'd love to know more about it. As annoying as I find them, I like the idea of helping digitize books.

    Wendy-That'a amazing that you visit them all. I have to admit I don't and not sure I even could. I think I have 128 current subscriptions, most of which update several times a day. I barely have time to check my Reader :)

    Kylie- that's cool! I am more convinced than ever that it's a personal preference thing.

    Vert- I think I agree, if you blog anon, then it's better to moderate your posts. I used to do that too.

    Michael-I'm the same. It has to catch my interest in just a couple of lines, or I skip it. That said, some of my favorite blogs are like that and I can't *not* read them. It's a quandary.

    Stepan- thank you! I appreciate you letting me know and will check that site this evening. I also have trouble with some blogs with dark backgrounds and white text. I'll definitely find something that works better here. You'll let me know if you like it better won't you?

    Mo- LOL. I think you do both, but I won't stop reading your blog no matter what. If you want me to explain it to you, I will :)