This week’s question comes from Rukky, who asks:
Prompts: Do bloggers owe their readers anything? Do bloggers deserve anything from their readers? Do you think there’s a specific etiquette that bloggers/readers should follow when interacting? Do you as a blogger pressure yourself to provide certain things to your readers? Do you do certain things when you read a blog post?
I don’t think that we OWE each other anything beyond a basic level of respect. When I read a post, I do try to respond to something that resonates with me, and when someone responds to one of my posts, I try to acknowledge it, even if I can’t respond.
I think that a lot of what we are doing here it interactive, so commenting and responding should be the goal, even if we fall short due to time constraints.
As for what I try to provide to my readers, well…I try to be honest about what I think about a book (or a prompt). I try to post the things that I say I will. I try to post regularly, 5-6 times a week if I can. I try to be entertaining. I try to be interesting. I don’t always succeed at all of those things, but I do try!
What about you? If you are a blogger, what do you think you should be giving your readers? If you are a reader, what are you looking for from your bloggers? I’ll take your specific lessons in the comments.