Blogging is emerging as the new way to revolutionize the world with one’s idea. The primary factor supplementing the growth of blogging as a full-time job/ passion is the low cost of maintenance, no manpower required, you can be your own boss, and you can simply write about things that interest you instead of what your employer or somebody else wants you to write about. That said, blogging, like all the other professions, comes with certain to-follow guidelines which, as clearly conveyed, must be followed.
Now, the following blogging rules might there be on the internet for a long time, chances are people are still not cognizant with it. Hence, below are some blogger-to-blogger rules every blogger must follow in 2019 and proceeding years to come.
Be unique and avoid repeat-sharing information which is already there.
Being unique is in trend. Besides, who would want to read something which has already been said time and again by different people. It gets boring with time reading the same stuff again and again. Thus, explore your unique, your creative side and start putting on information or thoughts that add value. Copy-twisting and repeating the same information is doing no good, to nobody.
You might refer to that as ‘blogging’ but it’s nothing like what the term originally refers to. Even de-complexifying a very complex sentence or piece of information – breaking it into parts so a larger audience can understand it properly also counts. This goes without saying for someone blogging about money, personal finances, tax structure, government policies etc. Those things are actually tough and might actually require you to be a rocket scientist or at least Shashi Tharoor (pun intended) to get it.
Don’t use copyright images or any other image you’re not authorized to use.
Using images in content is a common practice. But, using copyright images or images that aren’t usually allowed to use without authorization isn’t and shouldn’t be a practice you follow. It might land you into legal trouble which would consume all your fortune. This goes without saying if you end up using copyright images of someone who’s big (in terms of money and popularity) alongside some inappropriate or objectionable content.
Thus, avoid such practice and use your own images. Or, if you plan to use images of others, take their permission beforehand.
Don’t say something about someone if you can’t hold your ground.
Having an opinion is a good thing. In fact, it’s one thing that separates bloggers from other people. But, there’s one rule you must follow: always have enough documents or other forms of evidence to justify your bias. If the bias is personal, avoid it in your blogs because it happened to you and might not happen with others. Besides, your opinionated writer up will influence other. And knowingly or unknowingly, that’s not a good thing to do while blogging. Your job is to present facts and evidence in a manner they occurred and let the reader decide for themselves.
In addition, defaming anyone without proper evidences is a crime which could land you in a big trouble no matter how big you are. If you don’t believe it, you can refer to the ‘Anil Ambani vs The Wire case‘. In short, don’t say anything about anyone unless you can’t hold your grounds.
Tag people: the key to a performing blogging website.
Now, since your blog would be talking about someone, something, or about anything someone else has to do with; tagging them on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram would fetch you the desired traffic. Just be cautious enough to avoid trouble while following this suggestion especially if you’re writing on topics such as politics and public welfare.
For instance, if you’re a fashion blogger and your write-up you just posted has something about some renowned fashion designer, tag them on social media so they see your post. Let their followers follow you and read what you have to say about the person in question. It’s one of the best free-marketing tips anyone can suggest you.
Apologize whenever required.
Lastly, since you’re in the information sharing business, you might make mistakes. Or, as we all know, we share the earth with almost 7.7 billion other people; you can’t expect each one of them to agree with you. In fact, we all have a defined audience and we can only impress them with our write-ups (maybe some more on different occasions). Thus, you might come across hate comments or comments full of criticism such as, “hey, I really don’t like the way you’re talking about ABC and XYZ”. (Might includes abusive words as well)
It’s completely normal as long as such events are rare. But, if you ever feel you made a mistake or your write-up shouldn’t have had a particular line; apologies to your audience and remove the objectionable material otherwise you might end up like some of the cricketers making all the noise these days. It’s your responsibility to share correct news, and you failed while doing that. Don’t worry, saying sorry won’t make you small or decrease your importance, it will only make you more careful the next time.
In the end, if I missed out something I really don’t mind being informed. Use the comments section or connect with me on social media platforms for anything and everything. I assume and hope you like the blog.