Lately I’ve been thinking about what makes a successful blogger…and, by successful I’m not talking financial success, or popularity…. but someone who connects with others. Someone who stands head and shoulders above the rest because of their integrity, their work ethic…you get the idea! I have vowed that no matter how much success or not, how much growth..or not, we experience here At The Picket Fence, I always want to hold myself to a standard of excellence!
This prompted me to think about what are 10 Commandments that every blogger could adhere to. Commandments that impact how they relate to other bloggers, to their readers and to themselves. When I started to write this post I realized there are some other great “commandments” out there, so these can just be added to that list…we can call it the 50, 60…100 commandments of blogging. grin!
These by no means encompass all that can be learned about blogging or from blogging..but they are commandments that I created that resonate with me personally…maybe a few of them will speak to you as well!
You can never be too classy, too caring, or too compassionate!
Always take the high road, but know when to defend the underdog.
I may be further along or farther behind on the journey, but I am neither BETTER than or LESS than another blogger. We are all just HUMAN BEINGS traveling together.
Imitation is flattering. Stealing words, photographs, ideas and content are not. Always ask before you borrow and give credit where credit is due.
Leave someone’s blog better than you found it. A kind comment is food for a blogger’s soul.
Don’t leave your bitterness on another person’s passion!
If you can’t say something nice try not saying it. If you HAVE to say it, spoon it down with sugar.
Tribes and Communities are crucial and beneficial for blogging. Cliques and High School behavior are not. We are all grown-ups now, let’s act like it.
Controversy maybe an exciting roller coaster, but it’s usually a pretty short ride! Think about where you want to travel with your blog before you buckle yourself in.
Content is said to be King and Photography, Queen. If so, than other Bloggers and your Followers are Parliament. Remember, without the support of others you can never truly “rule!”
Saying there are too many blogs in the world, is like saying there are too many books.Find your voice and speak! Not everyone will be the next Steinbeck or Austen of the blogging world, but some of the smallest works of literature have had the biggest impact on the world. Impact your world right where you are!
So, these are my TEN COMMANDMENTS for blogging? Do you agree?Do you have any to add to the list? If so let me know. And if you like these, please feel free to share…just let them know who said it…(see commandment four..grin!)