‘ickle’ bloggers united

I like the ethos of  in setting up a co-operative for smaller blogs and support his suggested rules: 

1] adopt the motto: ‘do unto other blogs as you would have them do unto you’;
2] be broadminded and accept that others in the scheme are going to have views opposed to ours. So what?;
3] include at least ten posts in a week, no matter how small;
4] actively try to get round to each blogger on our own roll at least once in two days and comment at least three times in the week;
5] promote our blogfriends with either banners, buttons or the occasional link;
6] join in their little promo things e.g. normpoll, tomlist, voluntary-code-free-zone, chicken yoghurt’s book and so on;
7] comment on other’s comments on your own blog whenever you can;
8] link – if it’s in your power to blogroll someone who’s blogrolled you, try to do it. If you can link to a member in a post, do it.

If I can follow his guidance on incorporating the logo and link for “blog power: – defending the blogosphere” on this greenbanana site, I will gladly. The great thing about blogging in my humble view is that it is inclusive and genuinely social – yes there are opportunities for PR or marketing personally or at the corporate level.  But like so much on t’Internet, blogging is best when it is honest and fuelled by the enthusiasm and generosity of those who probably have a million and one other things to do with their time.  (I’m supposed to be tidying up my accounts for a VAT inspection this week, not blogging!!)

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Heather Yaxley PhD

Dr. Heather Yaxley is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic educator, practitioner, consultant, academic and scholar. As a qualified academic, I teach the CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. I run the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA) and my own strategic consultancy. I was awarded by PhD researching Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with books, chapters and academic papers to my name.

2 thoughts on “‘ickle’ bloggers united”

  1. Rather than (as some have suggested) a voluntary code of conduct for bloggers, I think the best way to keep us honest is to rely on other bloggers picking up on any mistakes we make or prejudices we have. That’s why ‘Defending the blog’ is such a good idea.

    Nice blog, by the way. 🙂

  2. Thanks – I agree with you that having a supportive community of bloggers is much better than codes which are far too authoritarian an approach for those who prefer to moderate by internal ethics like myself.

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