I've been blogging here at "On My Side of the World" (formerly known as "Frugal and Thankful") for about a year but I still consider myself a novice when it comes to blogging. There are so many things I still need to learn. I barely touched the surface of HTML coding, I don't know what SEO stands for and the idea of getting my own domain, honestly, terrifies me. This blog is like my kitchen - I play with the ingredients and get all messy, and try to get things together into something that I and others could enjoy. It's a constant trial and error.
At first, the traffic to this blog was minimal. But as it increased a little, I discovered more about the relationships on Blogosphere aka "Blogging Etiquette", the more formal relationships that you build with other bloggers.
And I realized how much I still have to learn. Just recently I found out that it's not OK to use somebody else's image on your blog without asking permission. I'll be honest, I'm guilty of that. I would always put a link to the original source (or where I found the image which is not always where it was originally generated) but, apparently, it's not enough.
I love blogging. I love friendships we build from it. But I don't want anybody to feel like I'm stealing an egg from your kitchen to use in mine. Now I'm trying to create my own images even if they are not very professional. But hey, I'm still learning to "cook", right? :)
The other thing is commenting. I try to respond to most of the comments, even if it takes me a few days. I realize that often people don't read my response unless they come back to check for it ( or just come back to my blog which is what I'm secretly hoping for :). And if you are new here, I try to go to your blog and comment too or send you an e-mail. Blogging does take time. And sometimes I'm as slow as a snail. But I'm trying and working on it :)
And because I brought up blogo-friendships, I have a couple of questions for you now. Most of you have been blogging for a lot longer than me- you are more experienced "cooks", so to say :). Over this past year I started following hundreds of blogs. It takes time to read all of them and comment. But some of these bloggers decided to stop writing for a variety of reasons. I haven't read anything on their page for many-many months. Do you still follow in hope they'll come back or do you delete them from your reading list? There is another dilemma I have. There are a couple (just a couple) of blogs that I follow, and the people who write them don't seem to care if I do follow them or not. They never responded to my comments, never checked out my blog (or at least, never commented here) or followed me back. And it's been like this since the time I started blogging. It looks like they don't care about what I have to say.
Should I keep following them or commenting on their blogs? Or not? This blog is small, and the topics might be boring for some. And I understand. I can't relate to all of the topics people write about too. But I try to be respectful. Because I know that you write what's important for you. But what is the proper "blogtiquette" on this?
I hope, this post didn't offend anyone. I'm sorry if it did. This was not my intention. I'm trying to be respectful to your voice as a blogger and to learn from you because I still feel far from being a "chef" in this Blogger Kitchen :)
What are your thoughts?