Original image by Keven Law, used under a Creative Commons Licence
Where are the blogging protocols or standards of practice for us medium sized bloggers? Huh? On behalf of medium sized blogs, I am offended! How have I even continued blogging for over 3 years without standards of our medium sized blogs' very own? /boggle! and /flail!
Does this mean we need to develop a "long-running but niche and frankly a bit lightweight" bloggers' code as well? /treepanic
More seriously, to all those out there involved in this "blog drama" . Guys. Guys. Listen.
This is not new. Every blogging community goes through phases like this. (Those who do not know their blog history are doomed to repeat itâ¦ ;-) )
And the solutions always pretty much come down to this:
- Your blog is your space. Post and link as you see fit
- Run your comments according to the living room principle: only allow discussion in a manner you would allow in your own living room
- Feel no compunction about not publishing hostile or aggressive comments on your own blog. It's your space remember. Commenters are guests in your web "home"
- Develop as thick a skin as you can muster. Publishing in public will attract criticism. That's life.
Any attempt to develop any form of bloggers' code, bar it be a personal one, is doomed, because there is no real way to enforce or widely communicate it.
In the end, I agree with Ama when she says:
No, you can't control what is said at other people's blogs about you/your blog, but you can choose to respond to it or ignore it.
You can't control others. You can only control your response to others. And that's a vital skill in public discourse, m'kay? ;-)
Anyway, I doubt any of those bloggers, big or small, actually read this, so I'm probably just wasting electrons here. Back to the normal fripperiesâ¦
(picture included at the very special request of Please Feed The Troll)