Blogging is awesome because it gives Average Joe’s the opportunity to publish their voice to a public forum.
However, just because these Joe’s have been given a platform, doesn’t mean they can do whatever they want. There are a list of ethical procedures that bloggers should keep in mind when blogging. This ensures that bloggers are intentional about their opinions and what they present to their viewers.
Because of the multitude of blogs that exist, it is important to reference articles and sources when stating your opinion, and even more importantly, stating facts. Hyperlinking is a popular tool that bloggers use to reference other works which gives the audience an opportunity to read more from the source.
Its important to realise that by posting your blog to a public space, there will be repercussions. This article about ethical blogging talks about bloggers allowing free speech to occur in the comments of their posts, with the exception of ‘extreme’ comments. While I believe that its important to encourage free speech, it is important to differentiate free speech from hateful speech. If a blog is for and about Queers, POCs, or any minority for that matter, it is not ok for everyone to comment- regardless of what that comment is. I think it is incredible and essential that these opinions can be heard on a public forum, especially for the people in their community. It is our duty as ethical bloggers to keep this in mind, that ethics extend beyond our own posts and should determine how we interact and engage with other blogs. Not every space is your space.
The ethical list also mentions being prompt to correct mistakes. This means if a fact is incorrect or perhaps you have mistakenly said something, you either delete it or you
strike a line through it as soon as you are made aware. I think this ethical value is extremely important and something I see quite often of Facebook.
I have seen people comment on a post solely to correct the language within a post and suggest a re-phrase in an un-harmful manner. Posts are usually corrected quickly as no malice is intended (I have open-minded friends). From these experiences, the user behind the post (and other readers like myself) become aware of the miscorrection and can go forward without repeating. Readers could now appreciate, or not appreciate, the post for what it is.
The main lesson here is to think before you blog. Be respectful and mindful, and remember to pay credit where credit is due.
Title Song: “Am I Wrong?”- Anderson .Paak