Monday, August 9, 2010

My Faux Pas

Is it improper to invite someone to check out your blog? To leave your link in a response on theirs?

It seems I’ve committed this major faux pas and was confused as to why. I thought one of the reasons for links was to make things easier for the internet user. In fact, one of the reasons for the internet is to make life easier for the user. I found both links and the internet have made my life a great deal less stressful. I’ve also made a few friends by leaving a link to my blog. New friends in which I have something in common.

I asked myself, what’s the harm? If they leave a link to their blog and I want to check it out, I’ll click, if I’m not interested, I won’t. No big deal, right? Turns out I’m wrong.

So why all the fuss about leaving a link to your blog in a response? I have graciously been informed that many writers don’t appreciate us leaving our link in a response to their blogs. To all those writers I’ve linked, I am truly sorry. I meant no harm. I now understand some writers look at a link attached to a response as advertising our sites on their blogs. I now understand how that would appear as intrusive and offensive.

What do you think? Are you also guilty of advertising on another's blog?

1 comment:

  1. Pretty much the only time I'll post a link is if there's a specific post I've written that discusses the topic on which I'm commenting. But most comment forms give you the option of signing in with a profile that will link your name to either your Blogger profile page or to your non-Blogger website. That's how I keep up with the blogs of the people who comment on mine---by clicking on their names if they've signed in with a profile that includes a web address.

    As a blogger, yes, I get a little annoyed when people use the comments area of my site to promote their own. If it's a post that is closely tied into the topic, I'd rather them post a link to it than to write an entire blog post in the comments section, though.