oil on board, 1886,
National Gallery of Canada.
When I first began blogging over two years ago, it was considered improper and even excessively bad mannered to post an invitation on a personal blog for others to visit your blog.
Dismissive of the post topic as well as the host blogger. Up-staging. Hi-jacking.
Rude n' crude.
From what I've seen lately on various sites, that may have changed.
A new generation of bloggers seem to view all blogs as public message boards, as if blogs were a supermarket bulletin board where anyone and everyone can post an advertising flyer with those little tear-off phone numbers, offering babysitting, free kittens, or a motor bike for sale.
For example, the recent fuss that erupted in comments about critiques of the Surprising Essential First Page Challenge entries at Nathan Bransford's blog could have been so easily avoided if the various enthusiastic critiquers had had the courtesy to approach Mr. Bransford first.
He does have an e-mail.
After all, it was his blog, his contest, and the entries, while visible to all and sundry for comment and criticism, were directed to him.
No doubt he would have been happy to post a list of sites eager to give their opinion on the entries.
Then there would have been no need for anyone to assert freedom of speech, the need for thick skin, or for entrants to express umbrage, resentment, etc.
Of course, anyone is free to comment on any or all of the entries, though one should seek permission from the individual author if s/he intends to quote or reproduce.
One should also bear in mind that some entrants might consider a gratutious critique intrusive, since the object of the exercise was not a free-for-all critique.
And, of course, if they posted their entry on their own blog, one would be free to drive-by and make one's opinion known.
To me, the kerfuffle arose largely out of the direction of the linkage, from Bransford to the critiques, not from the critiques to Bransford's site.
Clearly, I'm old-fashioned in this regard.