So here are some of the rules I play by:
· I won’t instigate a ‘blogmeet’. If anyone wants one, they can easily contact me, and I’ll take it at face value and consider my response. But I’ve concluded (from just my one experience) that it’s a risky endeavour. It’s very easy for false expectations to set in when the written word is the only medium of contact.
· I will never pretend to be someone I’m not. I really don’t understand why anyone would do that – leaving aside that they’re obviously sick, they’re going to get found out, aren’t they? So if I see someone who I suspect might be false, I’ll find them out, believe me.
· If I find a blog that interests me and I feel inclined to read more of it, I’ll consider ‘officially’ following it, so that the author knows who I am. (It’s not nice to feel stalked.) And I’ll post a quick comment, introducing myself, even just a ‘hello, like your blog’. It does no harm – they can always tell me to blog off.
· And if I post a comment, either on my own or someone else’s blog, which I later think is inappropriate, or offensive, or plain point-missing, I’ll delete it asap (possibly replacing it with a better one).
But within that framework, I will continue to fire off my rants, raves and trivia, like it says on the tin. I think nearly everyone conforms to these simple norms of decency.