It may sound obvious, but you really need to think about things like whether your font is easy to read on your background, whether your images are large and clear, and whether readers can easily find you elsewhere should they wish to do so! These things will benefit not only readers but ultimately you as well, since an easy-to-read blog is more likely to get return visits, and readers are more likely to follow you on other platforms if it's immediately obvious how they can do so. If possible, make it so a reader doesn't even need to leave your page to follow you. I'm much more likely to click a Facebook 'like' button than I am to open the actual Facebook page and then like it - I know it's lazy but that's the truth, so you may as well work with it!
2. Be original.
Again, this benefits yourself as well as others, but try your absolute best to come up with your own ideas. I know it can be hard and most of us find we're influenced by other people's work, but make the effort to put your own spin on an idea rather than just copycatting. Original content is always more enjoyable to read, not to mention the sense of pride which comes from creating something new and fresh. I always try to mention if I've been inspired by a particular blogger as I think it's common courtesy - a little sentence linking to the post in question makes it clear where your inspiration has come from whilst also allowing readers to see you can think for yourself!
3. Leave thoughtful comments.
I'm sure we've all had them, so we know that as a blogger, there are few things more annoying than spending time writing an awesome post, only for someone to comment saying, "Nice! Follow me!" followed by a list of their links on various platforms, giving no indication they've even read the post. The majority of people won't mind you leaving a link to your blog, but make sure that's not your sole reason for commenting - make an effort to read the post and say something of substance in your comment - a suggestion for a product, a shared experience, a tip or a question - rather than just, "Nice". I know I'm far more likely to want to check out the link in a comment if the writer has had something to say rather than just obviously copying & pasting a few words onto ten or twenty posts.
4. Sharing is caring
Most of us share our blog posts on our Twitter feeds and Facebook pages, amongst other places, but try to make a point of sharing other people's work as well. I try to retweet a couple of links each day just because I know it's a nice feeling to have your work shared. I personally really like it when someone I follow shares work that isn't their own as it's a lovely way to find new blogs on a similar topic, not to mention breaking up the stream of links to your own blog!
5. Be social
Get involved in Twitter chats and Facebook groups, but try to make sure you're not just spamming your link - a lot of people seem to just want to send their link to anyone and everyone rather than engaging with the topic and making genuine connections with others, which I think is a far more valuable way to get yourself out there! If you can help others, make suggestions and share your experiences, then people are likely to want to visit your blog and see what else you have to offer.
And there you have my top five ways to be a more considerate and thoughtful blogger - I try to keep these in mind when I'm sharing my posts and taking part in blogger chats, although of course I'm not perfect! Of course, there's no definitive right and wrong way to do things in the blogging world, so what works for me won't necessarily be useful for everyone else. Do you have any tips to add? Do you think about being considerate as you comment and share?