Now that you’ve all had a chance to come to grips with blogs and blogging – or, well, at least, had a chance to blog – you might be wondering if there are any blogging ‘do’s’ and ‘dont’s’. While, of course, there are no hard and fast *rules*, there are certain things that one might consider to be ‘good etiquette’:
- Comment on what you read, if you can – but try to keep to the topic at hand. Everyone likes feedback. Well, most feedback. Nobody like spam.
- Attribute! This doesn’t just go for images and text, but for other, more ephemeral things as well, like where you found the cool link or video or whatever you’re posting or the source of the idea for your post, such as that really interesting discussion you read about guava or that meme about 80’s cartoon characters. Links are Your Friends. More importantly, links make other bloggers Your Friends.
- Don’t hotlink – something we’ll be covering later in the program.
- Don’t ‘out’ someone. Just because you know who’s behind the screen doesn’t mean that the rest of the internet does, and your pseudonymous friend might want to keep it that way. Common sense rules the roost here.
Two Common Questions Answered:
How do I change my gmail display name?
By default, gmail will show the name you used when you signed up with the service each time you send an email. Rather defeats the point of having a pseudonym, huh? Fortunately, there’s an easy fix:
- In gmail, go to your Settings button.
- Select ‘Accounts and Import’
- Find the ‘Send Mail As’ field. This will show what your current display name is. To change it, click on the ‘edit info’ button to the right of the page
- Enter your desired name in the field, and save changes.
How do I get rid of those links at the bottom of my blog?
By default, you’ll see a list of ‘possibly related posts’ at the bottom of each of your posts. WordPress generates these automatically to help blogs raise publicity for each other. I personally find them annoying, as do others; obviously, they’re not for everyone. Turning them off, though, again is simple.
- In WordPress, find the ‘Appearances’ box on the left-hand navigation panel.
- From it, select ‘Extras’
- Check the box that says: Hide related links on this blog, which means this blog won’t show up on other blogs or get traffic that way.
- Click ‘update extras’.