A lot has changed with blogging since I first began Coming Down the Mountain six years ago. I remember my first follower I didn't know from somewhere else-- Simon Kewin. I was totally amazed how this person found my blog from who knows where and decided to follow it. I still visit Simon's blog and have read several of his books. He's an amazing writer I discovered through blogging.
Many of my early friends are no longer active. It takes more work to get the same results as early on when blogging was new and exciting. Back then it was easy to get followers. You went out, followed people, commented on posts, they'd follow you back. This was a rush since it meant people were reading your posts and liked them enough to click the follow button.
When someone follows me I like when they also leave a comment, so I can identify them and follow back. Anyone who comments regularly on my blog, I add to the sidebar so I can quickly see when they've written a new post.
I feel bad if people follow me and I miss following them back. To me, it's common courtesy. Just like if someone comments on my posts and I neglect to return the favor. From childhood, my mother drilled the Golden Rule into me: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." That sums up my life (and blogging) philosophy.
I often wonder how well I'm keeping up with my idea of blogging etiquette. Do I follow everyone who follows me? Do I comment on bloggers who comment on my posts? I hope so.
If you follow or visit my blog and I never visit yours, please let me know in the comments, leaving your blog's URL, and I will remedy the oversight.
Is there anything about blogging you're anxious about? Or are you feeling carefree and on top of the world today?
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"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf