A TRAVEL BLOGGER’S TAKE ON RESPONSIBLE BLOGGING| MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Responsible Blogging: What You Share Affects Others
We live in an interconnected world weaved by connections we do not see. While this connection is most ostensive among people you shared bonds with, even seemingly strangers can be affected by you and you by them. It’s practically a ripple we call cause-and-effect or a simple logic of action and reaction.
Although we may be made aware of this reality at a personal level with our day-to-day interactions with various people, the magnitude of this inherent power is magnified by the technology we now use: commonly, the blog.
Words, as they say, is powerful. This is perhaps truer still if you have a wide audience of readers who view you as a kind of authority and see your words as a kind of synthesis which shape their world.
The author with 30 other International Bloggers who won the Kerala Blog Express Season 3 (Kerala,India). The winners were choosen being the most influencial bloggers in their country.
Power and Responsibility
As a blogger who have many readers and following, you possess a kind of power which history has shown was formerly of those bold enough to face the crowd. No words may come out of your mouth but the blogs you publish speaks audibly to your readers. You are only less visible and audible but not less as effective.
But, like anything which gives us power, there is an accompanying responsibility for its use. Lest we abuse it and potentially cause harm to others and ourselves. You could harm others with your words but other can also resort to the same means to you as a backlash.
Power without discretion is corruptive and nobody is immune to it.
You had probably heard of successful celebrities brought to ruin because of bad press. Bloggers are not any different. With the power to tap into people’s awareness, a blog, to a certain extent, is considered a form of journalism that can either build or break any person or even establishments.
Even the 1830’s English author, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, believes that words—more than violence—is powerful, especially when he coined the age-old adage, “Pen is mightier than the sword.”
Receiving the Globe Media Excellence Award as 2017 Blogger of the Year
The Call to Be Responsible Bloggers
At the present, there is no central authority which governs the quality of each blog being published in the blogosphere. This gives people the freedom to publish what they want in a manner possible to them.
This much freedom gives individuals to exercise their given powers without restraint and itself is the problem.
To be an accountable blogger need not have to be a difficult thing if you know the basic principles of responsible blogging. Commonly, it only boils down to the following ideas:
- Know how to validate your facts before publishing your content
- Respect Copyright Law when necessary
- Give proper credit for whom credit is due
- Know the possible implications or ramifications of your content (to post or not to post?)
- Do not resort to dirty internet marketing tactics
- Respect your readers. While opinions are encouraged but insults based on race, sex and sexual orientation, beliefs, religions, etc must be avoided.
- Use good judgment especially when dealing with reactions and comments to your post.
It is high time that discipline should start from every blogger, in the absence of actual mediating authority. As for me, I vow to do my share and in my small circle of influence, I will strive to make a difference.
The author, winning the First TAT Newsroom Blogger Campaign by TAT Thailand. Other winners were from Russia, France, Malaysia, Singapore and India