The Blogger’s Conference is coming up quickly… less than a month to go! I had an email from a regular reader asking me if there are ethical guidelines for blogs. She also wanted to know if we would address this topic at the conference? I told her that as far as I could see, the only restraint is one’s own conscience. And although we might discuss the concept informally, it is not on the agenda.
There are so many kinds of blogs out there. Some are beautifully written and some bloggers seem to have trouble putting together a simple sentence. Some blogs are upbeat and others are extremely negative. Cooking blogs, travel blogs, writing blogs, every kind of cultural blog, music blogs… Then there are political blogs – a class in themselves. I think there are an awful lot of blogs that are started so that the author can vent.
Blogs are like websites and the internet is pretty much a no-holds-barred place. The writers of blogs that some may find objectionable, quite rightly say, “You don’t have to read it…” Blogs evolve; there are a few I used to like that I am pretty skeptical of now. So, I just don’t go there anymore. Simple.
As one who posts frequently, I can tell you it is sometimes hard to come up with a steady flow of new ideas. For me, blogging is an everyday writing exercise, and I look at it as such. I know that not everyone will be interested in what I write, every day. And I’m cool with that.
But there are a couple things that puzzle me. Sometimes I will spend a lot of time on a post and will not get very many hits or comments. On other occasions I’ll write a fluffy filler piece and get hundreds of hits and oodles of responses. I think readers know that writers love to get feedback… I’ve heard of lots of bloggers who link to Facebook or Twitter.
At a party I went to, not long ago, a woman approached me, “I l-o-v-e your blog. I read it every day, but I don’t ever comment.” “Why,” I asked, “I spend a lot of time on my posts, and I enjoy getting feedback.” “Oh, I don’t want all of cyber space knowing my opinions,” she said. Even though that’s not the case with me, I could understand her point of view. Fair enough, but she could email, or preface her comment with “Not for Publishing.”
My blog is just a year and a half old, and I love blogging. It gives me a break from my other pursuits and I know it improves vocabulary, punctuation and writing technique. Stretching my mind to come up with new angles is good for me… As well, I have met so many people through my blog.
If you are a blogger, come to the Third Annual Latin American Blogger’s Conference, and share your experiences. If you are not a blogger, think about it… you can get set up for free at Blogger or WordPress. Good luck!