“Bletiquette” is the new word of the day. Bletiquette is a compound word composed of Blog (Bl) and Etiquette (Etiquette). Simply defined, bletiquette refers to behavior related to blogging. Specifically, at what point do you add someone to your blogroll? Do you tell them you’ve done so? Do you ask permission before adding someone’s blog to your list?
Bletiquette also covers posting comments. Posting comments in a respectful, and polite, way is a sign of good bletiquette. If you are a regular reader of a particular blog, clicking the like button (if one is equipped on the site) when you like a post is a sign of good bletiquette.
In essence, bletiquette is a being respectful of others, being civil, even in the face of a disagreement, and just generally being polite to others. Everyone on the other end of the Internet line has a life and feelings. Not stepping on them is the least we can do if we consider ourselves members of a polite society.
A few questions to consider
Earlier I asked a few questions. Let’s take a closer look at them.
At what point do you add someone to your blogroll?
For me, I add someone when I’ve looked over their blog, their archives, and I decide if I generally agree with what they are posting. When I added, for example, The Zoo, to my blogroll, I read through their archives and found that I liked both the content and the writing style of the posters. So, without asking them, I added them to my blogroll.
Do you tell them you’ve done so?
In the case of The Zoo, I didn’t (I don’t think). I only occasionally do, anyway, since I figure that if they are getting traffic from my site, they might, at the least, investigate whether I’ve added them to my list. Plus, it drives traffic to their site, so who would be upset about that?
Do you ask permission before adding someone’s blog to your list?
Generally, no. Again, if the site is getting traffic, then I don’t see why they would be upset about it.
Let me say, if anyone is offended that I’ve added you to my blogroll, please accept my most humble apologies and I will remove you from that list as soon as is humanly possible.