That Annoying Thing That Bloggers Do…
There is one thing that I have found with blogging is that it is a very supportive community. Everyone helps each other out and gives virtual hugs all round. How? By sharing that lovely thing called love, sweet L.O.V.E. AKA Sharing each others blog posts. Blogging etiquette deems it necessary that if you find something that you’ve enjoyed reading, that you share it.
I hear you ask though, “What is that annoying thing that Bloggers do?”
What’s Your Twitter Handle?
Okay, it’s not every Blogger, but more than you would think, you may be one of them…
There are a dedicated team of Linky Hosts out there, I dare say hundreds, all hosting a variety of different linkys. I’m one of them. A good host will tweet your linked up blog post, sharing your blog with all their followers. As a fairly new blogger myself I love receiving a retweet of my blog posts, especially from the blogging elite.
This is where the problem lies… YOUR Sharing Buttons! What is your Twitter Handle???
As Twitter is the most favoured sharing platform between bloggers this is what I am focusing on. When tweeting a blog post it’s always nice for the blogger to know a tweet has been sent from you. Cue, your Twitter handle.
When you click on a “Share this Twitter button”, a box normally appears. If you are like me your Twitter handle appears in the tweet. This is not an automatic setting and there are so many blogs that don’t have the blog owners Twitter handle in when sharing a tweet.
If you are like me, your Twitter handle isn’t the same as you’re blog. For a Linky Host who wants to share your blog post, it’s impossible for them to remember or indeed know your Twitter handle. They could just click tweet without it, but you’ll be non the wiser. It’s nice however to get acknowledgements from each other. Another like or a retweet in your Twitter feed.
Have you checked your Sharing Buttons?
I’d say every blog has sharing buttons, in some form or another. There are many, many plug-ins and styles and too many to name here. This is where I write my list:
- Go on your blog
- Click on your one of your blog posts
- Click on your Twitter share links
- If your Twitter handle is on the tweet, that’s brilliant, well done
- If you’re Twitter handle isn’t, it’s time to find out how to add it!
- Find your sharing settings and add it
- Give a virtual hug to your fellow bloggers.
I wish I could write a “How to Guide” for you. There are many different blogging platforms and many different sharing button options that I wouldn’t be able to cover them all. If you can’t find an option to add your Twitter handle to your sharing buttons, find a blog that looks like it has the same buttons. If theirs is working, maybe send them an email and ask them how to. I am sure they’d love to help!
Don’t just stop at Twitter, check your other sharing buttons for the other social networks… I found a blog the other day with 3 different types of sharing buttons. Non of them had a Twitter handle on them!
Here is my pledge going forward. Every time I find a blog without a Twitter handle in their sharing buttons I am going to tell them. Little by little the world of sharing the love will become a simpler place.
Have you checked your blog sharing buttons? Did it work? Will you join me in my pledge to let your fellow bloggers know?
Are you following me on Twitter?