I'm a Scorpio. Poke me with a stick and my tail will be up and ready to sting, just like that!
It was brought to my attention this morning that a blogger who caused me a lot of grief awhile back had struck again.
This led me to think about blogging etiquette. Surely there are some things you just don't do as a blogger.
I'm fairly certain if I Googled it I'd find someone has already outlined the dos and don'ts of blogging. But I don't feel like Googling, I'm just going to throw my 2c in and tell you what I think.
I think it is wrong to lift any words or comments from another blogger's blog and put them into your own.
Even if you link them to your blog.
It is incredibly upsetting and confronting to stumble across a blog that has your words and name and someone writing judgements all over them.
I don't care how you phrase it, that is as bad as kicking someone in the back to me.
Don't do it!!
If you don't like what someone has said, tell them on their own comment page where they can respond and it's all in context.
And while this wasn't happening to me, this time, it felt almost at bad. All those horrible feeling came rushing back. It's like school yard bitching. Being 'authentic' to me is not believing your own opinions are more important than the words and feelings of others.
The bloggers' circles are quite small. If you're writing about another blogger, they're more than likely going to read it. If you're blogging about a celebrity....it's probably less likely they'll read it. There is no comparison.
Fortunately there are a different bloggers' circles. It's very apparent from the comments you read on a person's blog which circle they belong to. Some circles are quick to knock others. Other circles are supportive and friendly and caring.
I LOVE my circle.