Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Blogging Code of Ethics

Blogging Code of EthicsDo you blog with integrity?
A recent CNN article also talked about how "mother-bloggers" having their group integrity compromised by the increasing trend of unethical blogging practices.
(See:http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/08/10/mommy.bloggers.ethics/index.html)

These are some of the things that have been called out by critics to be unethical. Bear in mind that not everybody is doing these:

  • writing a favorable reviews in return for free stuff and free trips
  • writing paid posts and sponsored reviews without proper disclosure
  • writing irresponsible reviews (raving about a product that is actually bad)
Bloggers need to go back to the basics and write from the heart. Blogs do not have to be popular, witty, highly technical or deep. They do not even have to make money. They just have to be honest.

If bloggers are being paid to write a specific post, I think their readers need to know about it. If bloggers are endorsing something that they have vested interest in, then it has to be disclosed.

If you are a fellow blogger, and you agree that bloggers need to blog with integrity, then sign the pledge and get the badge. Let me know once you are done.
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