Since you, my readers, have always been so kind and willing to help me, I wanted to ask your opinion about something. It regards blogging etiquette. . .
I remember reading Emily Post years ago and trying to adhere to all the rights/wrongs
Maybe my generational gap is showing it's age but here's my story. It has been a joy seeing my blog, Lilly My Cat, become a place where I can share what I've been making or doing. Along with that, I have met some wonderful people and my blog has become a true hobby for me.
My daughter was the one who originally helped me with getting my blog and readership in order. She told me that I should visit other blogs and comment and see what is out there in blogland. In time, I found different blogs hosting link parties where I was not only able to share my blog but find other blogs that I could follow.
Some of those link parties had like 200 links and my blog got lost as did I. But, there were a couple where I could link to and thoroughly enjoying meeting new friends. Namely, Handmade Monday and Amy's Five on Friday at Love Made My Home.
Now, both of these blog hosts are in the UK and I'm in California. But, in blogland it doesn't make any difference as we can share in each others interests, trials and triumphs no matter where we are located. I have met such dear friends through these two links. And, in return, you have met me (haha).
So, here's the glitch I have. Over a year ago I found a lovely blog that hosts a link up party each week for those who want to share their knitting. I was thrilled to find this party and faithfully added my link up each week (the blog is on EST time, three hours ahead of California time so even when I linked up at 8:00AM my time, I was sometimes late to the party). This week I linked up since I had written a post about my knitting and I thought I would share it with like minded readers. I was excited to see some comments as I visited new sites via the link party and commented and also got some new ideas.
Here's what happened....nothing. Zilch. Not one comment. Now this link party had just under 75 link ups. What did I do wrong? My daughter told me ". . .now don't get yourself upset . . ." But it makes me wonder what is blogging/link parties all about? I originally thought that maybe US bloggers are a bit shy vs the UK bloggers but that's not correct. As I have some great blog friends here in the US. Friends that I can "talk" to via our comments or email. This situation has left me a bit puzzled.
In the meantime, I have taken down my link on both my post and at the link party. And, I don't think I will join in anytime soon. Maybe I expect too much of people now? I remember a year or so ago when I wrote a blog post about my daily routine. One of the comments was a bit impolite as to "how nice to have time to . . .as some of us work. . ." I published that comment but I wanted to say that "yes, I have time now but I too used to work full time, raise two children and manage a rental business". I know people are busy and there's more to life than commenting on blogs. But really, if you're going to share something, shouldn't it be equal?
I know you dear readers will set my straight on this. Maybe the heat is getting to me :)
Wishing you the best,
Lilly My Cat :)