Blogging with Integrity Matters!
In order to maintain a great relationship online between a blogger and readers of that blog there should be a line of trust and truthfulness to the content the blogger provides. Should a blogger have to tell the truth on their blog? Should they be able to lie without disclosure? This question is erupting in blogging circles and raising a lot of emotions, bringing attention to whether or not the reader has a right to demand disclosure from a blog they read regularly. I think it’s important that a blogger be honest about their content they provide.
When you read a story about a mom blogger facing challenges with raising a special needs child, sharing her daily ups and downs; it raises a level of emotions especially if you find yourself connecting with everything she is going through. Now imagine you have read her blog for months and months. You have left comments on her blog, supported her in her endeavours and have even posted on your own website with links back to her, all of which you’ve done in order to help raise awareness to her struggles. Then something happens. You discover that she has lied. How would you feel? What would do? Your site is now linked to hers and her reputation is on the line. This does not bold well for you and the many others her site is now associated with.
There would be a range of emotions after discovering a blogger has lied on their blog. Bloggers I think should be required to blog with Integrity, never be misleading to their readers in any way, shape or form. When a reader has invested their own emotions and time and energy on a cause that was misleading in nature, and has put their own reputations as a blogger and person on the line by supporting that blog, it can become difficult to build a relationship online. It can destroy that bloggers character if linked to such a site.
Changing names to protect privacy is okay when blogging. Just make sure your posts and topics you are sharing are truthful and not made up. Every advertiser who paid to be listed on the blog can get hurt. Affiliates who have worked with the blog, backing them and promoting them through social networks will have their reputation damaged if the blogger creates falsehoods purposely within the posts.
So if you are building your brand and wanting to build a solid relationship with others, remember that lying about what you write is not the way to go. You can always change names or do things to protect privacy. Just make sure your posts and topics you are sharing are truthful and not made up. That’s the best way to have blog success.
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