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Today’s topic deals with the ethics behind blogging. Are there guidelines to follow? And what about that dirty word in the blogosphere, plagiarism?
I personally don’t think there are really any set guidelines a blogger has to use. Your blog is YOUR blog. Write and do what you love and what works for YOU. If all bloggers followed the exact same format and did the exact same thing, it would be quite boring, no?
When I was first starting out, this is what I struggled with because I felt like there was supposed to be these guidelines I had to use. I need structure and for things to be spelled out for me! I had no idea what I was doing and was basically flying by the seat of my pants. And that can be scary, but it’s okay! It took some time but eventually I think I found my groove, though in many respects I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. lol As long as you are follow basic life ethics of kindness, respecting others opinions even when they differ from your own, and such I think you’re good.
And then there is that dirty, dirty word. PLAGIARISM. Luckily, I haven’t had any problems, personally. *knocks on wood* But I’ve seen so many other bloggers who have. It’s sad to me that someone would have to steal the words of another instead of forming their own. If I wanted to know what Billy Bob’s opinion was on a book, I’d go to Billy Bob’s blog. The best thing you can do for your readers is to be honest and share your own thoughts and feelings. I often avoid reviews for books I am in the middle of reading or just about to read because I do not want any thoughts to even influence my review. When brainstorming new ideas for the blog, I get super paranoid that someone out there is already doing it and I don’t want to copy any of their idea. Does anyone else get like that too?
The best part of the blogosphere is the sense of community. So if you are unsure about something, ask! I’ve had to do this plenty of times and I’m sure a lot of others have too. I may not know a lot, but I’m always open if anyone ever has a question and I’ll always try to answer any way I can.