There comes a time in (almost) everyone’s life when we stop thinking only of ourselves and begin to wonder if we’re leaving this world a better place. For some, this happens early in life. For others, it may be on their death bed.
I don’t remember exactly when I began thinking about this, but it’s been on my mind for many years.
When I started blogging, I thought, “What contribution can I make to the world wide web?”.
And I wonder, “Will I leave it a better place than I found it?”.
I hope so.
It was either when I interviewed Lorelle VanFossen, or in another post she wrote, she said something that stuck with me; “Blog responsibly.”.
Knowing “blog responsibly” can take on different meanings, I came up with my own.
To me, blogging responsibly is:
1) Posting articles that will benefit others today, as well as years from now.
2) Teaching others to think for themselves which will hopefully make them smarter consumers and/or bloggers.
3) Showing respect to other bloggers; remembering each blog is like a home in cyberspace and treating others just as I would if I visited their home.
4) Remembering to say “Thank you”, “You’re welcome”, “Great job” and/or to show encouragement to others just as I would to family and friends.
5) Posting accurate information.
6) Not gaming the “system”.
7) Listening to others share their thoughts, openly and freely, without passing judgment.
On that note, the floor is yours.
Do you feel, as bloggers, we have a responsibility to blogosphere?
If so, what do you feel our responsibility is?
If not, why?
Please feel free to share your thoughts.
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