At the risk of sounding repetitive, it does seem that Blogging Ethics are mostly about building a community. And hence most of our insider tricks are about these sticks and carrots that you need to balance to achieve community.
Reaching out to new readers is one of the prime focus of bloggers today. It helps us gather more traffic, inculcate a sense of influence online around our blog and for many, discovering new bloggers is also about making additions to reading lists.
But what can be a code of conduct while reaching out to new readers?
1 Don’t force, inspire
While we agree that this rule applies to even your existing readership but more so on new visitors. Reason being that Blogging is in its intent an organic medium and you don’t want to derail a new reader in their first impression about you. So share links in discussions when you feel it really adds value and also when the person on the other side looks more receptive
2 Social Media ethics
Please at all times follow every single social media ethic that has to be followed online. Do not reach people you are not connected to unless they invite for a discussion or follow/add on a network. In online groups, engage when you feel there is need and not when there is an opportunity to force your blog to them.
3 Don’t tag when not needed
We know we have mentioned social media ethics but this one needs special attention. Tagging is a method to add people to a post when it concerns them. For example if you have mentioned a fellow blogger or when you have written on a topic that a fellow blogger may have written or is deeply interested in. Kindly do not use the word ‘interested’ at leisure but employ with intent.
4 Cultivate new readers
This one here is more an advice than ethic from our end. New readers are like infants they have no pre-conceived notions or ideas and hence can be developed in whatever directions you think best suits them. New readers also define new relationships and hence bigger community around you. Make good use of these beginnings for your growth and learning at all ends.
Around the challenge we have built up a rather interesting festival as well called the Blogchatter Writing Festival– celebrating the blogger to author journey.
Did we say author?
Oh wait. Have you not seen last year’s post challenge Blogchatter Ebook carnival? Championed by Chitra Divakaruni we received twenty six ebooks during the month of May all self-published by our community members.
This time we have eight popular authors who are coming along as part of our mentor program for festival, taking up special twitter chats and facebook live sessions to further your publishing dream. Read more here: Blogchatter Writing Festival
As part of Festival we will once again be opening our portals for your self-published ebooks (in case you choose to convert your April blogging challenge into one). You can ping us here or anywhere you find us for queries, etc.
This month we will also be taking up the #AtoZChallenge with you. Celebrating better blogging across platforms through our theme:
Add your post below in the linky and take a deep dive into the sea of blogs that gets connected with us ! You can also add your link to our Blogchatter Reading List– Discover more blogs and get discovered !