December 15, 2004
Posted by Dana
Think of etiquette, netiquette...thus blogiquette.
What should good blogging behavior consist of? It's easier to start with pet peeves:
- Blogging cul de sacs, or blog-de-sacs. Here's one The "blogroll" consists of a half-dozen "approved sites." No links except to big media news stories. Look at me, I'm King of the World! No, you're not.
- Link blogs. The opposite of a blog-de-sac, so let's be clear. DrudgeReport is not a blog. It's a link list. A big blogroll is not a blog.
- Bloghives. Community sites aren't blogs, although blogging may be inside them. Slashdot, FreeRepublic, Plastic, I don't care who you are. You should have a separate category.
- No comments. Who are you, God? If you're too cheap to enable comments, at least put an e-mail address out there.
- Failure to credit. You get an idea from someone, or grab an illustration, give it to them. Don't pretend it came out of your head like Athena out of Zeus. (Oh, that picture above came from the Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna, Ohio.)
- Phony crediting. No, your story idea didn't come from BigNewsNetwork. That's an RSS feed that wraps its name aruond others' story. Look inside the frame, kid.
- Ads in RSS feeds. A special Bronx Cheer to Geekzone, a New Zealand site that has found a way to stick an ad in each item it sends out via RSS. Same to you, fella -- buy my book.
But, hey, this is a blog. With comments. I've talked enough for one night. Give me your pet peeves. We'll talk again.
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