7-That it is not okay to ever “borrow” someone else’s words, photographs, ideas or recipes. Always ask first if possible and ALWAYS give full credit. No matter how big the blog is or how well known the blogger they love to know when you have referenced them or used one of their ideas. Just because it’s on the Internet does not mean it is yours for the taking. Never copy and paste another bloggers pictures without asking first. Ever. Many bloggers take professional quality photographs and they retain the rights to them. And just in case you were wondering..no I didn’t do it, but yes I have seen it done time and time again. Often innocently with no malice meant, occasionally though it is purposeful. Trust me eventually you will get found out and as big as the blog world seems sometimes, it can get quite small when the word spreads about a blogger who takes content. It can damage your reputation as a writer and blogger for a long time.
11-That my words are permanent. really, really permanent. This is the most important thing I wish I had understood when I started blogging. Words online are permanent. Even if you delete a post, it can still be out there copied and pasted onto someone else’s website, or cached somewhere. Should this stop you from being real? No. Should you be transparent still. Yes. Should you always be considerate of others. Most Definitely. Should you think twice before hitting “post” Always. Don’t forget that words can build up or tear down. Be a builder not a wrecker with your words. We can disagree and even debate with others through our blogs, there is nothing wrong with this per se. Just do it in a thoughtful and constructive way. Never to be controversial or cruel. This may gain you readership in the short run…who doesn’t love a little controversy…but it will reflect your character in the long run. Be real. Be Truthful. But Be Kind.