The rules?

I have a question: are there rules about who you follow on twitter/whose blogs you read?

There are people I follow on twitter whose blogs I don’t read, and vice versa. I find their tweets entertaining but their blog is (in most cases) irrelevant to me, but I’ve recently got to thinking about whether people are offended by that? Maybe offended is the wrong word, but you know what I mean. I did a post about the unfollowing announcements on twitter before so this is sort of a follow up to that.

Is it considered impolite to follow someone on twitter but not read their blog? Is that the social networkingย equivalentย of liking someone, but only in small doses? If I’ve learned anything about the blogging community it’s that a lot of people are easily upset and that there is a string of unwritten rules followed religiously by some and purposely ignored by others!

There have been some very amusing, tongue in cheek, posts about how to be a Mummy blogger (Heather gave us “15 steps to becoming a blogging rockstar” and Dara explained “How to be boring in 10 easy steps”) that imply the “rules” of blogging but I could really do with a proper list! There needs to be some sort of initiation for bloggers, including etiquette and definite no-no’s and all that kind of thing!

So can anyone let me know what these elusive rules are? Are they written down anywhere at all? Or shall I carry on flying by the seat of my pants?!

Mrs TeePot

49 Responses

  1. I have been naughty… I haven’t necessarily read many blogs lately… just not in the mood… and I kinda get the gist via twitter anyways…
    The rules… I check the blog… I check the posts… if it sounds interesting I might or might not subscribe…
    yeah… didin’t help much did it?? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I don’t think there should be any rules in either Twitter or Blogging – it should be fun and exciting and a way to make friends, connections and learn more about the world around us. If we want to follow a blog but don’t want to tweet with the author then that’s our choice, and vice versa – follow Twitter but don’t read the blog, again, our choice.

        CJ xx

  2. I find using twitter my new way of blogging as i really dont have the time, well i say i don’t have the time to write a blog post, i guess im just lazy but then again i do juggle alot of things.

  3. Do what you want. I try and read everyone’s blogs, but that is impossible. I do take the time and add them to my reader, that way I can at least skim through a post and decide if I want to comment on it.

    • I regularly chat with people on twitter and don’t read their blogs. I don’t have time to read everyones blogs and that is all there is to it. But I do try to visit everyones once in a while and say hi. I guess I am a niche blogger so I don’t expect people I talk to on twitter to read my blog as it isn’t for everyone. So, I probably haven’t been much help but I don’t think there are hard and fast rules about it myself. Jen

      • I’m finding it very difficult to keep up with people’s blogs, if I don’t read for a day there’s nearly 100 posts in my reader! It’s quite threatening! lol!

  4. Do what you want. I try and read everyone’s blogs, but that is impossible. I do take the time and add them to my reader, that way I can at least skim through a post and decide if I want to comment on it.

  5. I regularly chat with people on twitter and don’t read their blogs. I don’t have time to read everyones blogs and that is all there is to it. But I do try to visit everyones once in a while and say hi. I guess I am a niche blogger so I don’t expect people I talk to on twitter to read my blog as it isn’t for everyone. So, I probably haven’t been much help but I don’t think there are hard and fast rules about it myself. Jen

    • I’m finding it very difficult to keep up with people’s blogs, if I don’t read for a day there’s nearly 100 posts in my reader! It’s quite threatening! lol!

  6. I foIlow/unfollow people like the wind. it mostly depends on my temperament not them. e.g. I will unfollow a pregnant blogger if I’m feeling vunerably infertile at the time but when they are writing witty posts that I follow a link to I think “oh yes I remember why I read that” and refollow! I am trying to keep my twitter list small too. I realised a while back that a number of people I follow in twitter and will follow links to their blogs I don’t actually follow their blogs. Basically I have restricted time (like every one else ) and I make my own rules up as I feel like it!!! If anyone gets really offended I fathom there are another 400,000 blogs out there for me to try ;0)

    • Lol! That’s a really good idea! I definitely need to get over the guilt factor and get rid of some of the blogs in my google reader. I’ve managed to conquer the guilt from unfollowing on twitter! lol!

  7. I foIlow/unfollow people like the wind. it mostly depends on my temperament not them. e.g. I will unfollow a pregnant blogger if I’m feeling vunerably infertile at the time but when they are writing witty posts that I follow a link to I think “oh yes I remember why I read that” and refollow! I am trying to keep my twitter list small too. I realised a while back that a number of people I follow in twitter and will follow links to their blogs I don’t actually follow their blogs. Basically I have restricted time (like every one else ) and I make my own rules up as I feel like it!!! If anyone gets really offended I fathom there are another 400,000 blogs out there for me to try ;0)

    • Lol! That’s a really good idea! I definitely need to get over the guilt factor and get rid of some of the blogs in my google reader. I’ve managed to conquer the guilt from unfollowing on twitter! lol!

  8. I don’t mind if people follow on twitter and not the blog and visa versa . . . what kills me when I get a new blog subscriber or follower making my numbers uneven. Absolutely kills me ;-)!

  9. I don’t mind if people follow on twitter and not the blog and visa versa . . . what kills me when I get a new blog subscriber or follower making my numbers uneven. Absolutely kills me ;-)!

      • never even thought about it before! most of my twitter folk who have blogs – I don’t read them. I know the vast majority don’t read mine, and have never commented on mine. I do however have a wee nosy at folks blogs when I chose to accept them as a follower of me (I’m private on Twitter). But I don’t actively “follow” their blogs. When you hit “follow” on twitter – you’re following their tweets – not their blogs.

  10. Life’s far too short… if you wanna read a blog, do, if you don’t, don’t. I don’t read all your posts Livi – or anyone’s – and don’t expect anyone to read all mine. Some blogs I follow I don’t tweet and vice versa. I didn’t even realise some peole worked by these ‘rules’… amIdoingitwrong?! o_O

    • Lol! You’re happy to not conform though see, you’re one of those true individuals, it’s good. As we know I’m a sheep! I do have a “must read” set in my reader (you’re in that!) which is for blogs that I do read all the posts of, but I still beat myself up for skipping others!

      • You say you’re a sheep, but where’s your shepherd here? I can’t see anyone who thinks you’re wrong for not reading every single post other than yourself. Can’t see how that makes you a sheep. You’re just as nonconformist as everyone else…

        • true, true. But I know there are people out there who only “friend” people whose blogs they read, read every post, yada yada. Evidently they have more time on their hands than most!

          • I hate it if someone read one of my blog posts because they felt obliged to just because they’d read one before, or because they follow me on twitter. And if someone got mad at me for thinking I should do the same, I’d tell them where to stick it! Life’s too short for reading crap you don’t want to read or worrying about who’s following you. Just read what you want to Livi, stuff everything else – someone else will read it ๐Ÿ˜‰

              • I do the same as you. There are lots of blogs out there that are quite tailored, craft, cookery, gardening etc so whilst the person may be great fun on twitter, their blog isn’t something I want to read. I don’t see it as a personal snub, just that I’m not their target audience.

                Don’t feel guilty about it. And as for rules for blogging – there are no rules, your blog, your way! There has been two post recently about Mummy blogging – Note from Lapland and Readily Parent both did funny ‘how to’ or ‘how not to’ posts.

              • Of course! thanks! I’ll go and hunt those posts down so I can link them!
                For me I don’t consider it a personal snub either, as you say there are different target audiences, but I get the feeling some people expect you to read because you follow or whatever.
                That’d make an awesome tagline for a blog “My blog, My way”!

              • Theres a great deal of people I have on my twitter that I dont nessercairly subscribe to their blogs normally because of the amount they blog (ie 3 or 4 posts a day over 1 a day) but if something they post on twitter about their blog catches my eye then I will read it and comment.

              • ah yes, I’ve been known to unsubscribe from blogs because of posts appearing several times a day, my google reader is full enough! lol!

              • I find using twitter my new way of blogging as i really dont have the time, well i say i don’t have the time to write a blog post, i guess im just lazy but then again i do juggle alot of things.

  11. Life’s far too short… if you wanna read a blog, do, if you don’t, don’t. I don’t read all your posts Livi – or anyone’s – and don’t expect anyone to read all mine. Some blogs I follow I don’t tweet and vice versa. I didn’t even realise some peole worked by these ‘rules’… amIdoingitwrong?! o_O

    • Lol! You’re happy to not conform though see, you’re one of those true individuals, it’s good. As we know I’m a sheep! I do have a “must read” set in my reader (you’re in that!) which is for blogs that I do read all the posts of, but I still beat myself up for skipping others!

      • You say you’re a sheep, but where’s your shepherd here? I can’t see anyone who thinks you’re wrong for not reading every single post other than yourself. Can’t see how that makes you a sheep. You’re just as nonconformist as everyone else…

        • true, true. But I know there are people out there who only “friend” people whose blogs they read, read every post, yada yada. Evidently they have more time on their hands than most!

          • I hate it if someone read one of my blog posts because they felt obliged to just because they’d read one before, or because they follow me on twitter. And if someone got mad at me for thinking I should do the same, I’d tell them where to stick it! Life’s too short for reading crap you don’t want to read or worrying about who’s following you. Just read what you want to Livi, stuff everything else – someone else will read it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. never even thought about it before! most of my twitter folk who have blogs – I don’t read them. I know the vast majority don’t read mine, and have never commented on mine. I do however have a wee nosy at folks blogs when I chose to accept them as a follower of me (I’m private on Twitter). But I don’t actively “follow” their blogs. When you hit “follow” on twitter – you’re following their tweets – not their blogs.

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