Blogging Etiquette–Faux Pas or Nah?

Happy Thursday all,

Not sure if sharing this is my best move, but an episode involving a comment I posted during a recent first-time visit to a blog inspired these thoughts. I came by said blog via a link in a loop; I’d never heard of the blog author or her guest but really liked the site.

Long story short, my comment included a link back to my blog. The post I linked to was so on-topic, you could read it in the URL. When I checked back at the site a while later, I noticed my comment had been ‘removed by the blog moderator/administer.’

Honestly, I was a bit taken aback. Yes, it was my first visit there, but I really wasn’t trying to be rude. Maybe I was excited to read content that reminded me of my own very similar post so I linked back to it, thinking it might be beneficial to someone else. BTW,  I have no problem with someone linking back to his/her blog from mine. (I might take exception to linking to content that I don’t believe family friendly, but that has yet to happen so I’ll deal with that on a case-by-case basis, should the occasion arise!)

I thought about why so many of us blog in the first place: to establish relationships with people and to create a presence online. Maybe I’m too steeped in social media etiquette as per Kristen Lamb’s teachings, whose we-are-not-alone approach encourages us to be out there as much as we can, supporting and promoting others, and when appropriate, ourselves too. (Perhaps I’ve missed something? IDK, someone would have to write something ridiculously offensive for me to consider removing any comment, or even editing it. Cyberspace—particularly the blogosphere—is so vast, I believe there is room for all of us. A final thought on the sharing part: perhaps anyone who clicked on my link might have found my content helpful. And said link-clicker would have already read the blog where comment was posted, so I don’t believe I was taking away from the original blogger.)

So what do you all think about this? Did I err or break a rule of blog etiquette of which I am unaware? Please feel free to comment away (email me privately, DM me on Twitter or send me a message via Facebook) and enlighten me. I would love some other thoughts on this—really!

Thanks, TTFN and a great day to all,


9 thoughts on “Blogging Etiquette–Faux Pas or Nah?

    1. Thanks, Chris. I was hoping it wasn’t just me who thought so. Maybe there’s an unwritten don’t-leave-a-link-to-my-blog-on-your-first-visit rule I missed, lol?

      Anyway, thanks reading and for your support. Looking forward to my upcoming visit at your blog! TTYS 🙂


  1. I’m with you. I’ve never deleted a comment where the commenter links back to his or her own site. Like you, I would only do so if the content was offensive (or obvious spam), and even then I might remark that I removed the link, but if others wanted, they could click on the commenter’s user name themselves. To me, one of the allures of blogging is the interconnectedness among readers. If my site lands them on another, then that can only be a good thing.

    BTW, found you on Twitter and followed you. 🙂


    1. You’re very sweet, Carrie:–now we’re following each other! (I forget to follow people on Twitter–I do so much better with Facebook.) Thanks for all your supportive words. I appreciate them. Was nervous about running this post too, but it kept nudging me, know what I mean?

      Hey! What kind of health care do you provide?


  2. Don’t take it personally, Joanna. Some people’s blogs are just there for their own satisfaction. Don’t worry about it.


    1. You’re very kind, Joy. Guess I got caught off guard that day and felt compelled to share. (Blame the hormones–that’s always a good one, right? 😉 I suppose that’s one reason we blog: to vent every now and then.) Thanks for your support!


  3. Thanks to everyone who took the time to SHARE my content! And extra special thanks to those who commented and/or liked! All efforts/input are appreciated!


    1. Thanks so much for visiting and posting, Zacarias. I greatly appreciate it and look forward to garnering ideas from your blog!


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