When it comes to blogging there are many unwritten rules, the rules we all know are there. The invisible lines we know not to cross. We see them, and we respect them. These rules are unwritten, they are invisible almost but as bloggers you learn what these rules are. You start to understand them and why they are there. It’s not uncommon that new bloggers don’t know these rules yet, because why would they? They are unwritten after all.
It took me a while to understand the boundaries and rules that are there. And thats because they aren’t really spoken about. They just exist, and as you grow as a blogger you begin to understand them yourself.
Sharing these unwritten rules with you isn’t me trying to scare you. I think its good to know the basics of what’s expected of you as a blogger on this platform. It’s good to have a guide so you know what not to do, and what to do too. I wished I had this rule book when I first started because I made my fair share of blogging mistakes in the beginning. I had no idea what was considered okay and not okay to do as part of this community.
Please remember that these are just the things I personally think people should know about blogging. Some of you readers might agree, some might disagree and thats okay! We all have different views on what’s acceptable and what isn’t!
RULE 1: NO COPYING
Although these rules are in no particular order, there is no mistake as to why I am mentioning copying first. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I had someone copy my blog content, almost word for word. It truly was one of the worst experiences. Seeing your hard work being copied and pasted onto someone else’s blog and then claiming it as their own was heartbreaking.
Copying other peoples content is completely unacceptable. And I know how hard it is finding your own feet as a blogger. The blogging space is already so over saturated that it feels almost impossible to find your own way of doing things. I remember having that mentality when I first started blogging. But, you will get there. You will find where you belong, and what your niche is. Do not ever copy anybodies work. Think about it from the other way round. Imagine you have worked so hard to grow your following and come up with new and original ideas, for someone to just steal it and claim it as their own.
There are so many consequences that come with copyright. It’s an illegal thing to do and you can get in big trouble for doing it.
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RULE 2: NO SPAMMING
Spamming is a big no no. If you’re not sure what spamming is, it’s repeatedly doing something. So an example of this could be, someone liking all of the comments you have written on your blog. Or commenting random things on your blog too. Anything that fills up your notification panel. I notice people doing this to me all the time. And I think people do it so that they can get your attention. It really annoys me and I always end up just blocking or ignoring them.
It rarely ever works to help to encourage people to follow you, so just don’t do it. Its actually really annoying when people do it. Because your notification panel gets filled up with their likes and you miss all of the other genuine engagement you have. If you’re going to grow as a blogger, do it the right way.
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RULE 3: NO SELF PROMOTION
Following on from spamming is the dreaded self promotion. Ask any blogger and they’ll tell you how annoying self promotion is. Logging into WordPress and seeing a comment along the lines of “hey I am a new blogger, check out my blog and I will follow back”. Its the MOST annoying thing I have ever experiences as a blogger and it is incredibly rude.
The person is basically using your website to gain more attention to themselves. Its like someone showing up to your birthday party and saying “Hey, its my birthday too?!”. There are correct avenues to go down if you want to advertise yourself on other bloggers sites. And self promotion in comments is not it. Alot of bloggers have paid for plans for advertising on their websites, use that instead!
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RULE 4: SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER
This rule goes without saying, and that it’s important as bloggers we support one another. Being a blogger is such a privilege. It’s nothing like being on any other social media platform. This community is filled with so much love, and thats what’s so special about it.
As a blogger you will not get anywhere without other bloggers. They will become your biggest support system and encouragement. I have made so many amazing friends through blogging, I feel so blessed to say that. Hype each other up and support as much as you can. Be their biggest fans. And they will do the same for you.
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RULE 5: TEAMWORK
Whenever I see any other blogger hit a milestone or an achievement, my first instinct is to be happy for them. Amongst the great things about blogging is that there is no competition. It isn’t about how many followers you have or how many more comments someone has than you. It’s about supporting each other and being a team. I really believe that this blogging community is a big team of people, who just want the best for one another.
Whether you have 1000 followers or 1 follower, you mean the same to each and every one of us. Numbers don’t define us. What does define us is our integrity, our team work and our love for blogging. They are the main things we should focus on. I know that if I ever need help with something, I have a pool of amazing people to choose from. Who will be more than happy to drop everything to help. And that in itself, is amazing.
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Are there any unwritten rules you can think of? Which one of my 5 rules is the most important to you?
Thanks so much as always for being here. I am so grateful for the love and support. If you haven’t noticed, I changed my schedule to twice a week. Monday and Friday! I think giving myself more time to write means the quality of my posts will be so much better. Thanks again for being here. You are awesome!