Being a blogger is a wonderful experience. There are so many reasons that people begin to blog. Whether you blog about your kids, deals, recipes, craft or travel, there are some basic rules that encompass all of blogging. There are some definite things that should be off limits for all bloggers – no matter what their style or topic. Here are 3 things you should never blog about.
1. Other People’s Ideas
It is never ok to copy and paste another person’s ideas. If you find something amazing on another site, then there are appropriate ways to link back and give them credit. But it is never ok to simply take their ideas and paste them on your blog. If you are inspired, then mention them and give a link back, but don’t use another person’s hard work to try to boost your own site. Not only is this unethical, but it is also illegal and can cause some serious problems.
2. Other People’s Problems
If you are a Mom and want to blog about your kids and your family, then do so with their permission. Be careful about posting information that could cause embarrassment or problems when the kids get older. Remember that everything that is posted online is permanent – even if you try to delete it. Ask permission before you post pictures of people and make sure that what you post online is not going to cause them issues.
Having problems with another person? Think carefully before you air the dirty laundry on a public blog.
3. False Claims about products
Bloggers need to be aware of claims they make about products they review or receive for payment. Not only can false information lead to a lack of trust from the readers, but can also lead to serious legal issues with brands. If you are posting medical or nutritional information, check your facts. Consult with the brand before listing benefits or results.
It is always good to be honest about a product or service, but bloggers need to be aware of what can and cannot be claimed.
Being a blogger is a different experience than it was 10 years ago. Be aware of what you post and think about the long term reach and influence your post will have on readers.
Do you agree with these three things? Do you think I should have added something else? I’d love to hear!