Because I've seen various conversations around the blogosphere lately, I thought I'd offer my own personal five tips for being a friendly blogger on this here Friday. If you do these things, we most likely will be friends in the universe de Blog.
1) Join the Conversation and Leave Comments.
In this day and age of Google Reader it seems that comments are becoming fewer and fewer. I know that it's not possible to leave comments on every post you read. I have blogs in my reader that I never visit. But encourage the bloggers who encourage you, who give you ideas, who are sitting down at the keyboard and sharing the bits and pieces of their life with you. Comments make a blogger's day.
2) Respond when people leave comments.
Okay, I am not always the best at this (though I try!), so if you are really interested in me responding to you, make sure that I can see your email address when you leave a comment (this is done by selecting show email address in your profile). I will occasionally respond in comments, but in this day and age of google reader, I've found that most commenters never check back.
3) Be Generous with Your Linkage.
If you see something on someone else's blog and decide to write about it, be sure to acknowledge them. Point out posts that move or inspire or teach you. Blogging is all about reciprocity. If people are linking to you, find a way to thank them. Don't hoard your linkage! (I know, I know too many outbound links and you leak search engine placement) Support what other bloggers are doing especially in your niche. It builds community and will also build your own readership.
4) Enable Full Feed.
The truth is, there are some big time bloggers whose feed I subscribe to, but I rarely click through to read their whole post. If you are doing this, you better have the best titles and first few sentences. You are sacrificing some of your readership if you do not enable full feed. So you really have to weigh what's the most important to you...
5) Don't be a Lone Ranger Blogger. Participate in the blogging community.
Yes, that means memes and carnivals. Maybe not every day. :) But sometimes. This can be such a fun way to get to know other bloggers. It supports what other bloggers are doing and it's a great way to learn.
Some of my favorites are:
Booking Through Thursday
But there are about 14 million others.
So there you have it. What are your tips for being a friendly blogger?