I like the series of this talk. There's so much to ponder on how to KILL one's reputation as a blogger. To stay in the blogging world, there are many things to observe. Neglecting them will make one's blogging dull. One thing to be observed is blogging etiquette. Meeting other people virtually doesn't mean that we can't practice good manners. Though we aren't facing other people in person, then again exercising good manners is vital to keep blogging going and growing. Sometimes I feel words speak louder than actions. :)
Let me look briefly your points in sequence. I agree with the first point. It's much better knowing who the owner of the blog is. But if the person doesn't wish the identity to be known, there is nothing we can do about it. Personally, I'll still respect the decision of that person to be anonymous. I believe there must be reasons for doing so. :)
Yes, a personal touch is important but again, it all depends on the blogger's choice. Actually, it is some kind of a bond between an individual and the rest. When practised appropriately, it makes one's blogging stronger in terms of getting a bigger circle of friends and readers. Who wouldn't like to be called by one's name and be remembered?
Secondly, the blogger's Bio. It would really be nice if we as visitors of the blog know a little bit of the blog owner. I like reading the bloggers' bio in the blogs I visit for the first time. Some have very interesting bio that make me want to know more about them and read more of their posts. It does spark interest, you know. :)
Thirdly, regarding the votes, well, I'm not going to comment much. You have a smart answer when thinking of the votes during election!! Let's put it this way, while in Rome follow what the Romans do, while at bloggers, follow what other bloggers do. What I mean is, we can see the vote, add and follow buttons and they are to be utilized to make new friends. I can't say much on asking for favors returned. It would just be nice without requesting it for the person getting the vote would surely know what to do with the favors received. :)
Next, foulty mouth is a big NO! It's an unhealthy habit that spoils everything. Whinning and nagging are annoying. Better to look at the brighter side of things and stay positive-minded.
Lastly, the quality I would like to see in a person I meet for the first time is the friendliness, positive attitude and willing to open up especially in anything related to blogging.
What I wrote above are solely from my point of view and not intended to offend anyone. Thank you, Omo, for some of the tips that could be of help to anyone. :)
Moonomo, you are a very interesting conversation starter. The moment, I saw the part2 version of Reputation that kills a blogger ID, I immediately thought of the Nigerian Movies and the series which usually come in Seasons 1,2,3...
This is beautiful. Thanks for bringing this up. It is enlightening.
I love it when bloggers help others. Not everyone is going to be a professional right off the bat and there is a true learning curve that everyone must get over at some point.
When bloggers that have been there give back to help other bloggers, it creates an awesome bond and people will talk about the valuable information you shared with them. That is how some bloggers end up being labeled as experts without even knowing it.
"- Asking to vote/follow you back ." Never, please, don't do. If you vote and follow someone s/he will follow you back in retribution. You don't need to beg for it gives the idea you don't care about nobody else.