I have a hard time reading some blogs out there. I know blogs are highly biased writing exercises. It can also lack objectivity. I sometimes wonder why people write to spur up controversy. I see them blogging for the wrong reasons.
Pastor Rick Warren called out bloggers as “cowards” because we can be too critical, speak half-truths (sometimes no truth), and make no room for discussion.
There lies the problem with blogging: Who are we accountable to? If I only report to myself, then I can pretty much say and do anything. But is that the best use of my time and effort to blog? Should I care about the subject I’m writing? Do I care what my readers think?
To be a responsible blogger, I follow these steps:
I’ve been in this situation before where I get lazy and just write from the top of my head. Sometimes I don’t bother to look at the story, idea, or argument from all sides. After publishing the post, I re-read my article and realized I could make it better by referencing other sites. Linking my post to other sites enforces the fact that someone else supports my ideas. The more I know what’s being said out there, the more objective I can be. A little research goes a long way.
As a matter of fact, the term “blog” was derived from “web log”. Jorn Barger first used the word “web log” as a way to record URL links to articles that he found interesting on the web. In a sense, his blog was his research.
Being able to comment is my only reason to write (and read) blogs. In the past, I read articles on newspaper, or the web, without a way to immediately comment. The lack of interaction between author and reader is boring. A blog without comments will hurt a blogger’s credibility, unless your name is Seth Godin. For everyone else, Comments are powerful. There must be room for discussion.
As a blogger, the responsible thing to do is to be accountable to my readers. I must answer all of my reader’s questions, remarks, and (especially) criticisms.
I don’t understand why anyone would write a post riddled with profanity. I’m not against using a cuss word. A well placed use of it can be an effective writing strategy. But being prude, crude, and rude does not help a blogger’s image, and it’s down right counter-productive.
Being nice also means being helpful. I’m not here to just peddle my stuff, or merely shoving my opinion on everyone else. I’m here to share my experience and expertise. If everyone’s mission is to help and get along with others, then I can imagine blogging will be so much more fun.
Let’s Be Productive
I’m responsible for my actions. I have to constantly check my motives to blog. There has to be a purpose in doing all this writing, day in and day out.
I’m using this chance to create value and be useful. It’s a better way to use my time.
It’s the responsible thing to do.