What are blogging ethics?

Creating a blog is a great way for anyone to share their life experiences and even advertise their business.

To date, there is no actual code of blogging ethics developed for bloggers to follow but there are three common-sense ethics codes that anyone should follow while they are running their blog posts.

The code of ethics that will prove you as a trustworthy blog owner.

1. Fair and Honest:

You need to be fair and honest to your followers. All of the information you provide must be honest without adding any false information.

Whenever you are providing facts, you need to make accurate, true, and easy to follow.

Do not attempt to distort your facts, visitors can read this right away and as a result, you will lose visitors.

If the event you provide any information on your site that may appear to be false, then you need to provide your reader with factual information to back up your statement.

If you include pictures in your blog, add some type of caption to explain what the image is about.

Being Fair and Honest are two of the most important components of the blogger’s code of ethics.

2. Harm of others:

When you are creating a blog topic on a very controversial issue, avoid using any ones names or places. This will protect you from any lawsuits and also from hurting visitors’ feelings.

You can think about the Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would want others to do unto you.” Say to others what you would want them to say about you.

You must protect a person’s privacy. Invading a person’s privacy is rude as well as intrusive. If you do not want someone doing it to you then do not do it to others.

You should avoid using names or places if it all possible. If it is unavoidable try to use as much damage control as possible.

3. Be Accountable:

You need to accept the consequences that may come with your blog.

If you mistake in any of your postings, admit it right away. Do not try to avoid it.

No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. If you own up to yours, you will be more respected in the reader’s eyes.

If challenges the information on your blog, open up a discussion with the person.

Try to see why they feel the way they do and if they prove to be right, apologize to the person and admit that yes you are right I did make a mistake.

If you are not accountable for your blog you will be in violation of the blog code of ethics and as a result, you will lose followers.

All of these suggestions are common sense, but also the most neglected parts of Blogging. Following a basic code of ethics will enable you to be a trustworthy blogger to your visitors.

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