Create Some Guidelines Then Go Play

30 Mar

A couple of weeks ago in my post Do Your Own Thing I wrote:

At the end of the day it’s your blog and you can do with it what you want. Yes, there are some basic guidelines you should use, but you get to choose which ones you want to follow. Choose what works for you then work with it.

I was asked if I could share some of those guidelines. Every blogger can choose the guidelines that he or she wants to use, these are just the ones that I follow for my blogs. Of course, you can always change them, but don’t change them too often or they will stop being guidelines.

  • Try to avoid writing while annoyed, angry, or overly tired. (I’ve written in all three of these states and while nothing bad has come of it, nothing good has either).
  • Blog first, social media later.
  • If you accept advertising, 1. make it clear to the advertiser that they don’t get editorial control. 2. disclose the relationship when you write about an advertiser’s service/ product.
  • Keep it short, sweet, and practical. Publishing three 300 word posts is better than publishing one 900 word post.
  • Use pictures.
  • Know your audience and serve their needs.
  • Remember that everyone on the Internet is an expert so take negative comments with a grain of salt. #sarcasm
  • Admit goof-ups early.
  • Credit your sources! Not only sources of media, but also sources of inspiration.

Those are my guidelines for running my blogs. What are yours? Please share with us in the comments.

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