Now that the insomniac has started to Publicly Follow a few blogs, and in some instances has even felt comfortable enough to make an attempt at a lighthearted comment, there have already been more than a few occasions where she has hit the Publish Comment Button and immediately begun frantically searching for the non-existent Retract Comment Button while simultaneously wailing “Oooohhh Nooooo, that didn't end up sounding like it was supposed to ...”
Before committing any further blunders and thereby managing to completely alienate everyone, the insomniac is requesting your help with a few questions she has on Blogging Etiquette, for those of you who have been at this far longer than she.
- How often should one post a comment on another blog? Is commenting on every single post considered to be in poor taste or possibly even self-promoting? Should one limit their comments to, say, every third post?
- How does one keep track of where one has left a comment? Please tell the insomniac there's an automated feature for this so she needn't rely on her memory. Because that's just not a good idea by any stretch of the imagination.
- Is it considered odd to offer free things to other bloggers? Imagine, if you will, that one has read that a fellow blogger likes Alexander Henry fabric or another is looking for grommet tape, and one just happens to have vast quantities of these items that she would love to
unloaddonate, would it come across as somewhat creepy to suggest one would be more than happy to send these items along? (And if you happen to be the bloggers in question and are completely comfortable with it, please email your address to the insomniac and she will dispatch the aforementioned items to you posthaste.)
- If one references another blogger in a post, e.g., to thank them for an acronym they were previously unaware of or to mention that they really enjoy reading their blog, is it necessary to check with them first before doing so? Or is such a formality only necessary if one wishes to use their copyrighted material? And if one does include a reference, should one also incorporate a link to that blog?
- How personal should one get with their comments? Merely for the sake of example, are comments such as “Wow, you look fabulous in that picture by the staircase and does your husband know how lucky he is?” or “Good heavens, Joe is quite the good-looking young man!” completely inappropriate? Would it be wiser to stick with generic comments instead? (Just for the record, the insomniac did have second thoughts about the “creepiness element” of that last one and refrained from actually hitting the Publish Comment Button. Also for the record - he is quite good-looking.)
- For comments, is it better to use Moderate Comments or Word Verification? Or are neither really necessary? Maybe spam comments are not that common, and chances of getting some version of the following are perhaps less likely to occur than the insomniac has imagined: “You is the bestest blogger I has ever readed and could youse please check out my blog to give a very important suggestions for improvings it at my site www.coloncleanse.com.”
The insomniac would also like to take this opportunity to apologize to you all in advance, because she is quite certain that at some point, probably sooner rather than later, she will make some horrific gaffe when communicating with you. Please know that when that unfortunate time arrives (and it is inevitable), whatever tactless comment she has made will NEVER have been meant to be condescending, creepy, flippant, haughty, insulting, obnoxious, self-promoting or snarky, and can simply be attributed to her tendency to hit the Publish Comment Button before giving said comment at least three days' worth of Very Careful Thought.
And because one couldn't possibly finish this week's post without including any pictures at all, one of the insomniac's most favourite, ranking far above all of her other most favourites ...
This is what the insomniac looks like in Real Life, except
with round black Harry Potter glasses and a few gold teeth.
But other than that, pretty much her identical twin ...
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams ... Goodnight, my pretties.
PostScript: It has been said before and bears repeating - thank you, my pretties, for reading one's drivel. It's quite humbling.
Although this blog started out primarily as a means to showcase new additions to one's online store, it has evolved into something much more than that. Your written responses to her posts mean more to the insomniac than you may think. And that particular comment is meant in a completely uncreepy way.