This week’s #lbloggers chat, hosted by @Lisaheartslife, was about the golden rules of blogging. It was a chat which sparked quite the debate – and early on too – with bloggers quickly falling into one of two camps:
1. there are no rules – your blog is your own to do with as you wish
2. there aren’t any official rules but there is such a thing as blogger etiquette
I fell into the second camp. As soon as Lisa posed her first question
I quickly responded with: “treat others as you want to be treated”. Be polite, courteous, respond to comments and don’t post anything that isn’t your own original work without crediting the owner. Simple!
It was quite a common response, with Caitlin from Through the Mirror supporting Thumper’s mother’s manta: “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”
The most reassuring thing was that everyone seemed to mention issues regarding copyright and originality – two of the most important factors when it comes to blogging. A lot of bloggers claim to want to be journalists/writers, so it’s important that they’re aware of at least the basics of media law.
Something that most people tend to cite as one of their favourite parts of blogging is the sense of community that you instantly feel a part of, however, recent chats have had an element of bitchiness to them and participants in the most recent #lbloggers chat reinforced the need to support and respect each other
And, as is usually the case with the #lblogger chat of late, there are my new blog discoveries! Here are some of my favourites:
I love Miriam’s book club posts and have added John Green’s Paper Towns to my ‘to read’ list – especially after enjoying The Fault in Our Stars and An Abundance of Katherines.
This gal is from the Isles of Scilly – just a hop and a skip across the ocean from me – so it’s great to see someone else showing off what they love about these parts.
Did you check into the chat on Sunday night? What did you take from it? Don’t forget to check in next Sunday at 7pm for more great conversation, tips and reads.