Tuesday, June 29, 2010
My rules for following blogs and commenting on them.
So I follow blogs - over 200 as a matter of fact - and they follow me back. We all follow each other. With all this following and no real leading, we bloggers tend to wonder in circles and follow each other's trails like Bear Grills looking for a dead camel to hide inside of during a sandstorm.
I have no idea what I was thinking when I wrote that last sentence. It makes no sense, but I am leaving it.
Therefore, I've laid some personal ground rules for following blogs. I've been following these rules for some time now and I recommend you consider following them as well:
RULES FOR FOLLOWING AND COMMENTING
1. If you do not update your blog for more than 5 weeks, I will no longer follow you. I realize stuff comes up; why just yesterday I couldn't blog on account of my bag of mustache hair had been set on fire by one of my sons. (There is no worse scent than burnt plastic and mustache hair.) Nevertheless, if you do not update for five weeks, you are not a professional blogger and, like the mafia, I only deal with professionals. You've been warned: 5 weeks and I'm gone.
2. I don't mind reading girly blogs too much, but I will not comment on your blog if your post is about girly bodily functions. Actually, I will occasionally comment on these, but I never know if what I comment actually made sense.
3. If you have a "giveaway" on your blog that involves doing something other than commenting once, count me out. If it involves copying, pasting, posting, or linking back - that is work and your giveaway is no longer "free" if it involves work.
4. If you give me an "award", I will thankfully take it, but I never give awards to anyone else. Actually, I take it back; I hereby give anyone that is reading this an award. I have entitled it: "The Taking Names and Kicking Butt Award". You are all deserving. Let it be done.
Congratulations! I expect to see it on your mantel when I come over to your house to claim my blogging award(s).
5. I do not participate in "memes" or "Friday Follows". Memes are like shackles on my creativity and the folks you pick up in Friday Follows are unworthy of following me. These followers might as well be the dead camel carcass we regular followers are looking for to crawl inside for safety.
6. I try and leave as many comments as possible, but commenting on every post every time is impossible. This was a harsh blogging reality that I learned after hours of trying to comment on every post. Now, I doubt that most people are sitting in their kitchen, dressed in their under-drawers and socks, waiting for Cheeseboy to comment on their post about their trip to the lake. But if they are, they should be rest assured that I do care about their trip to the lake, I just may not get around to looking at your pictures.
So, there you have it: a bundle of new rules that will help you understand my blog following priorities. I hope you'll understand.