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  1. Sincerely Jacqueline Blog
    April 27, 2017 @ 2:50 pm

    Reading thisbwas so entertaining. You are so right. I have caught myself several times abiding by another blogger’s “rules”. I didn’t want to offend anyone, and I thought that those “rules” were universal in the blogging world. After reading this, it makes much more sense to do what I think is right for my blog. (Of course always treating others the way I want to be treated!)
    Thanks for yet another awesome post.

  2. Edi
    April 27, 2017 @ 6:37 pm

    As a brand new (started blogging March 2017) blogger – if I may call myself such a thing, and a EBA 3.0 student, I wasn’t really aware of those “rules”.

    It’s comforting to hear that some rules can be broken and some others must be followed. There are so much to learn in general and in regard to the rules, it can really be paralyzing if you don’t know what to do.

    How would you handle a comment that wouldn’t add anything to the conversation or would be “mean”. Would you just ignore it, delete it?

    What to do in this case to avoid hostility and protect or keep your health state of mind as a (new) blogger?

    Thank you for this insightful post Ruth. Much appreciated.

  3. Nat
    April 28, 2017 @ 1:29 am

    Such a great eye opening article! I guess some rules are common sense, but some are really intriguing! It was also entertaining to find about some laws like taking a picture of a rabbit and so 🙂

    I am joining Edi on her question regarding negative or offensive comments. Luckily, I haven’t had any of these, but it is better to be prepared I guess.

  4. Jennifer
    April 28, 2017 @ 2:19 am

    Thanks so much for this encouragement, Ruth 🙂 I need these reminders!

  5. Jenn
    April 28, 2017 @ 9:41 am

    Copyright rules are soooooo important. So are rules about disclosing affiliate links – some of which I think are silly, but you can be fined (a lot!) for not following them.

    I’ve been blogging/creating websites for about 20 years, and it used to be Google was the only way people could find you. No social media really existed, and Google had about 80% of the search market. When they penalized sites, those sites often ended up shutting down. They hated “affiliate sites”, but did that mean sites that did nothing but affiliate market copy, or sites that wrote about the product, the way blogs do? We didn’t know. They banned “paid links”, even though they couldn’t tell for sure whether money had passed hands for a link. They said guest posts were bad. And yet, some sites got away with all these things. It made webmasters paranoid.

    We’re finally at a point where if visitors like what you’re doing, then Google will almost certainly like it too. So my only two rules are, “Am I following the law (copyright/disclosure/defamation) and is this something that will benefit my readers?”

  6. Kylie
    May 8, 2017 @ 5:53 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these! It’s really overwhelming starting off as a new blogger, and it’s nice to see that the basic rules of decency and good business are enough to keep me going!

  7. Jules
    May 10, 2017 @ 3:26 pm

    This is fantastic! I especially like the list of rules it’s okay to break! When someone says sorry for not posting in awhile, I always think “why draw attention to that? Just give me some good info!” (But at the same time, I get it… Blogger’s Guilt!)

    Anyway, thanks again for another great post!