I’ve started this post four times, and I really don’t know how to introduce a topic like peeves without sounding whiny and negative right off the NaBloPoMo journey, so I’ll just dive right in.
Blogs which do not list email addresses
I am a blog book tour coordinator, which means I scour hundreds of blogs regularly to find a good fit for my clients. When I do, the next thing I look for is an email address. When I don’t find it, I give up and move on to the next blog. Okay, it’s just a book review, but what if I was looking for paid opportunities on behalf of my clients? The blogger who doesn’t provide an email address anywhere on the blog, will have missed out. Also, contact forms are not the same thing. If I must, I use it. But I’d rather just email. Plonk your email address everywhere – in your social media icons, in contact and about pages, and even on your Facebook page.
Bloggers who do not reply emails
I’ve emailed you. Then I wait. I think two to three days is a decent amount of time to expect a reply. A week is stretching it, but I understand that bloggers are busy people with lives. So I wait. When it’s 10 days and still nothing, then I get peeved. As a friend pointed out, saying you don’t have time to check email is almost ridiculous because bloggers live on the Internet. Or reading and not replying, which is poor form, because it really only takes a minute to say yes or no to simple requests for reviews or sponsored opportunities. It doesn’t reflect well on you if you can’t be bothered to go through your inbox regularly, and take the time to respond to legitimate requests. It almost guarantees that the same person/ brand/ company, will be unlikely to contact you in the future.
Linking and running
Linkys are a great way to share your content, and to meet others, and share their content. This is the circle of good karma bloggers count on, and love. I’ve noticed though, in the last couple of years, through hosting my own linky and participating in others, that many bloggers ‘link and run’. That means they link up their post, and do not bother visiting other blogs, commenting or sharing. Which is kind of the point of a linky. It’s not just about self-promotion. Please don’t link and run.
In the sea of blogs and bloggers, everyone wants to stand out. You want people to know and remember you. So you go to a Facebook page, and say, I liked you from this page, please like me back. Or you go to a blog post, don’t read it, and comment, “Great post! I blog at Shamelessly Self-Promoting, please visit me!”, then cut and paste that onto a hundred other blogs. Or you automate a direct message (DM) on Twitter, “Thanks for the follow! Check out my blog!”. No, no, no, no. Please be genuine. Comment on a post. Like a Page. Tweet someone. LIKE A HUMAN BEING. From personal experience, I can tell you that I’m more likely to follow you/ like you/ engage with you if you do the opposite of the examples above.
Next post? Good blogging and social media practices!
What’s your blogging and/ or social media pet peeve?
(I should create a Pinnable graphic, right? But I’m not, because, blogging every day. So I’m just going to go ahead and use this one here.)