For the Blogger
- Bear in mind that you’re writing for a . Even though your blog may be a personal one, it’s still public and accessible to anyone.
- Gone are the days when you could tell the world what you had for lunch or dinner, and whether you burped 10 times today. If you want an audience, (or a few) which you believe you’re good at.
- Be creative, . Just because you don’t have anything to write to maintain your blog, does not give you the right to copy and paste other people’s work onto yours.
- Don’t be afraid to . It doesn’t hurt to belong to one side of the fence. In fact, it might make your blog more interesting. If you’re afraid of criticism, you might need to think twice about keeping a blog.
- Don't make your blog an excuse to make a personal attack on someone. Remember the old saying "If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all."
- . Always return credit where possible. If you are going to copy a text, or use an image, please return the credit and link back to where you found the material.
- . If you are going to use an image off a blog, save it on to your own image hosting site. It’s rude to copy the image source and link it directly to your own blog.
- If you’re emotionally riled by a commenter, . You might regret what you wrote.
For the Blog Reader/Commenter
- to the entry. If you must post a hello to the writer, email it to them, or post it in their chat box (if any).
- If you have your own blog, on other’s blogs. Especially if the entry is unrelated to you.
- If you don’t share a blogger’s opinions, don’t make it your mission to spam his/her blog with your vile personal attacks. There are so many blogs to choose from in the blogsphere, find a new one to frequent.
- If you’ve accidentally posted repeat comments, to the blog owner, preferably via email. You could post the apology with another comment, but be careful not to have it posted multiple times again.
- Rude and childish behaviour just because you’re an anonymous commenter or are behind a pseudonym is unacceptable. As much as is required in the real world, it works the same in the blogsphere.
- If you’re emotionally riled by a blogger, pause before you hit submit. You might regret what you wrote.
- Bear in mind your . Even if you’re blogging or commenting under a pseudonym, there are possibilities that you will be found out one day. Blogs are not dispensable. Even after you’ve long deleted that embarrassing photo of your prom night, someone might just be able to dig it up years later on.
- There will always be to yours. Remember to always respect other’s views and opinions. If you want to share your own, do so in a mature debate. But bear in mind that you don’t need to change that person’s viewpoint.
If that's too many things to remember, just keep in mind these - Be , the person behind the other keyboard, and . Open your mind, and you will enjoy the blogsphere’s endless possibilities.