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10 Ethical Considerations when Blogging
Why Should I factor in Ethical Considerations when Blogging?
Hopefully I don’t have to tell you why holding to your ethics is a better idea than following the money trail. Doing anything that bucks the system gets you noticed faster than following the rules, but that is not a smart business strategy. Below is 10 ethical considerations when blogging, that you should consider for more reasons than are listed. Please feel free to post a few more in the comments, as I know 10 reasons only scratch the surface of why you need to have ethics in your blog/website business.
10 Ethical Considerations
- Freedom of speech is a right, but it is your ethics that make sure your words are respectful and non-offensive. Sure you will get allot of traffic and feedback if you choose the non-ethical route, but it will be short lived and can cause harm to you and your family in the long run.
- Be truthful, not hurtful. There is a big difference between telling the truth to a trusted friend and putting your opinion of the truth in print, if it is hurtful to a person or group.
- Keep quotes in Context. If you are going to quote or paraphrasing a statement, ensure that the intended meaning left intact. It is easy to lose the true intend of a speech, by pulling out a few words.
- State that it is your opinion. Please never present your opinion or view on a subject as fact.
- Be critical of yourself, don’t click publish until you are ok with it being it print forever. Words can become your identity, even if 99% of all other publish works are ethical.
- Protect others from negative slander, but defining or not adding to controversy.
- State your affiliation. Bias, real or perceived, immediately discredits your creditability on any subject.
- Double check your source. If you are stating facts, please ensure they are not bias or false, verify facts, from more than 1 source if possible.
- Give credit. Ensure that you state who wrote what if the words or pictures are not yours. Some content needs permission, so get it, or don’t use it.
- Stay True to your Morals. We all have a different set of morals, so stick to yours. If it doesn’t feel good to blog about a subject, don’t.