Is there a standard for politeness even in blogland???
It's a touchy subject but let's be honest- there are folks who LURK on blogs for less than honorable reasons. It's a sad fact of cyberspace.
Generally speaking blogs are aimed at a specific group or interest. A person might have 2 or 3 or even more , addressing different groups in each.
It just seems honorable to let a person know if you are among the regular readers of a blog- after all, if the blog doesn't address you or your specific interest shared why would you be there?
Most of us have trackers, so knowing who visits daily is pretty easy- but it would be so much more polite to let the author know you visit,by commenting occasionally at least. Your intentions may otherwise be questioned.
It seems obvious to me that a Christian would practice the same rules in cyberspace that he would otherwise.
Admitidly - the internet IS public- but so are phones, and conversations at the grocery store- but you certainly don't "listen in" when you know it's not your businees- do you?
Some folks do.
Anyway- I came across this list of rules that I thought were interesting- what do you think?
Do you have lurkers? Does it matter to you? Just wondering-
(This is just a partial of the list-and in the interest of etiquette here's the author's original work) http://mudpuppy.wordpress.com/2007/03/14/blog-etiquette/
Rule #1 - Don’t blog about something that will get you fired, or cause you to lose a relationship. Unless, of course, you’re fine with losing said job or relationship.
Rule #2 - Link Love. Link to those you read, as well as provide relevant links in your posting so people don’t have to look stuff up on their own.
Rule #3 - Comments. If you read someone’s blog and enjoy it, it’s good form to let them know. But don’t let the comments validate your blog. Simply allow them to enhance it. Anonymous comments suck. Don’t leave them. Also, don’t be frightened by dissent or bad behavior in your comments either. The dissent is actually doing you a favor, and if someone is acting improper, simply give them a warning and then ban them the next time. I could really type so much more on this topic, but I’ll hold back for now.
Rule #4 - Be Regular. Nobody likes to visit a site only to see the same post from last month sitting there. Eventually they’ll just stop coming.
Rule #5 - Don’t be long winded. At least too often. There are times when it’s alright to expound a bit. But let that be the exception, not the rule.