To supplement the golden rules I published in the previous post, I also have a list of suggestions that nobody has to follow but that it would be nice to see people consider.
– If other bloggers are anything like I am, they are dying to know how you found their blogs if you are commenting for the first time. I always really appreciate it if someone says “I just Googled “obnoxious Ukrainian Jewish professors of Spanish literature” and alighted on your blog as a result.” (If you decide to try this particular search, you will see that Google links to my blog as search results #4 and 5. It’s funny because I made up the search specifically for this post). Nobody is obligated to leave this kind of comment, of course, but it’s nice when people do.
– There are crowds of people who read a blog on a daily basis but never comment. That’s perfectly fine and they are 100% in their right. However, if such people consider leaving one little comment saying “Hi, I’m from Greenland and I often read this blog,” that would be super cool. But don’t do that if you really don’t feel like it.
– If you really like a blog and participate on it a lot, you might not want people you know to be aware of what you say there. I can understand that perfectly. Just yesterday, I shared something on a blog I like that I haven’t shared with anybody else in the entire world. If, however, that is not the case, it might be a very kind thing to do to tweet, Facebook or email links to the blog you like to other people. (Those who have been doing that for my blog: you have my eternal gratitude. Those who haven’t: just visiting the blog is more than enough.)
– It’s OK to say whatever you want about me. But try not to be insulting to other commenters. I see it as a personal favor to me when people come to my blog and leave comments. So when somebody is mean to my readers, I get annoyed. I’m not talking of being critical about people’s opinions. I’m just talking about insulting people.
– Everybody has their little personal obsessions. I will never EVER ask you to buy anything or pay for anything in return for my blogging. Even if I start publishing books like crazy, I will never exhort my readers to buy them. If my regular and faithful readers and commenters decide they want a copy, they only I have to ask me and I will email them a file with the text for free. Using people who have been reading and commenting on my blog for a long time to make money off of them in this way is something I will never do. However, I have this little addiction to polls. They make me happy, people. (Aspie here). So if I post a poll – and even if you find it very silly and annoying – I would really love it if you pressed a button to register a vote. As people used to say in the XVIIIth century: “If it costs you so little hardship and gives me so much pleasure, why not do it?”