I like to think, in the realm of blogging as in the rest of my life, I’ve got good integrity. For example, I always let passengers disembark before alighting and I leave the bathroom door slightly ajar as I leave it so it’s obvious it’s unoccupied. That’s just the kind of stand up guy I am.
Everyone has a moral code, whether they’ve consciously developed one or not.
Unfortunately, the world of blogging is quite different from normal life. My alighting/disembarking rule just isn’t relevant on the Internet, for one thing.
As such, when I started this blog, I sat myself down in a quiet room with a mug of horlicks, and developed the following set of rules. More than anything, I wanted to make sure the power associated with writing a blog didn’t go to my head. My priority, from the start, has been keeping you, my readers, safe from my own excesses.
Rodge and the Blog:
keeping yourself reined in.
I will never ask my readers to “like and follow”.
This one’s easy to keep because, and, believe me, I’ve looked at the data, no one reads this blog unless they follow it anyway.
I will never ask my readers to “share this”.
I’ll just strongly imply they should by saying things like, hey, don’t you have any friends who might appreciate exactly this brand of off-beat, sometimes funny humour?
I will never ask my readers to “comment with your thoughts”.
Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I just consider that the sort of thing a prick might do.
I will not sell my readers’ data for personal gain, be it financial or spiritual etc.
Again, this one has been super easy to keep because 1. I don’t have access to any of your data and 2. no one would want it anyway (no offense).
I will regularly post links to my blog on Twitter.
This is so my thirteen Twitter followers can also have the chance to enjoy my updates. They’re people too, I think.
I will rarely use my blog as a forum to moan about stuff no one cares about.
Yeah, alright, I’ve broken this one a bunch.
I will never post anything unless I think it is, as a minimum, slightly more than not funny at all.
It’s called standards.
I will not use my significant power as blogger to sell my readers inferior products.
There’s just something fishy about the kind of person that’d use their platform to sell ad space to the highest bidder. But not as fishy as Wilson’s New Fish Sauce© (RRP £5.99). Wilson’s New Fish Sauce©, now with actual fish! The fish sauce that’ll make you say, “Wow, that sure is fishy!” For sale in all good supermarkets. Not suitable for vegetarians, those with heart conditions, pregnant or nursing women, or the elderly.
It might seem trivial to you, reader, but rules like these are what ensure the high-quality blogs you’ve come to expect here at blandhyphenblogdotcom.