Let’s face it, most people don’t even know what a blog is.
They go online seeking information and if the site (website or blog) they land on gives them what they’re looking for, they’re happy.
But, what happens if the site (blog) gives the wrong information?
Like many of you, I do a lot of research online. Not just for my online endeavors, but for business and personal purposes, too.
Because I know what a blog looks like, I make a mental note each time I land on one. I know what I’m reading is usually the blogger’s opinion only and even though they make a claim, if they’re not citing a reliable source or aren’t a blogger I know I can trust, I assume the information is probably based on their experience.
Unfortunately, I see comments on some blogs which state, “That didn’t work for me”, “You didn’t warn me not to….”, “I damaged, broke, scratched, ruined my __(fill in the blank)__after following your advice.”, or “I purchased the item based on your recommendations and am totally disappointed.”
Sometimes the blog author responds with an apology. Sometimes not.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that as bloggers we can share our hints, tips and reviews, but as I blogger, I also know if a product is being reviewed and an affiliate link is attached, there may be some bias.
But, what about our readers? What if they don’t realize they’ve landed on a blog?
Because we publish information online, a lot of our readers will believe it, will follow instructions exactly as we post them, will copy what we did in a specific situation or will spend money on a product we recommend. If we neglect to list each step (in the instructions), don’t disclose we may be compensated for the purchase they make or don’t post necessary warnings, people or their belongings could suffer damage – physically or financially.
What say you?
How much responsibility should a blogger take for what they publish?
If you posted something that harmed a person or ruined an item, how would you handle the situation?
Care to share?