I'm fairly new to the blogging game, having started a site in December 2010. All blogs and their interconnections make up the term Blogosphere - originally coined in 1999 as a joke, but is now in common usage. For the classicists among us, the word comes from two Greek words meaning, "the world of words". I rather like that, don't you?
Did you know that worldwide;
- As at the 14th May 2011, the total number of blog sites is, 161,819,001
- In the last 24 hours, the number of new blogs coming on line was 64,452
Also, as a blogging friend of mine (this is a new category of relationship) puts it, "One of the joys of blogging is reading the blogs of others - and discovering their enthusiasms or opinions". I read many other blogs, and try to select them on the basis of a variety of subjects. They could be specific to politics, religion, sport, education, music or miscellaneous, where the author covers a whole range of subjects. Mine is in the latter group, with a mixture of some rants, some observations, and some memories.
However, I do like to balance the more professional works with those from people who are simply doing it from home, and talking about matters that have been personal to them. If you sat on a park bench and spoke out loud what you write in a blog, you could be accused of disturbing the peace, but nobody has to read your blog. It's not harassing people. Of the many beauties of blogging, and reading blogs, one is that you are constantly learning things. I may be a bit OTT here, but I think that in the last six months, in preparing for and writing blogs, I have improved my general knowledge more than at any time over the last ten years.
Even some blogs dealing with high profile subjects, and written in an acceptable way, are often spoilt by people in the comments section. Now vitriolic responses to a blog by others, is not something that I think I'll have to worry about, as my readership is probably in single figures, and I may know most of those people.
Why can't people who disagree with what has been written do it with civility and without violation? Why abuse another because you disagree with their opinion? I don't know if you look at some of the BBC football writers blogs, where they comment on this team, or that player, then read the hundreds of comments that they receive, many are abusive and personally comment on the writer, and this is after many each day are not published because they have broken the 'house rules'. I've stopped reading the comments sections on a number of blogs that I follow, because it gets me so angry. Why do writers of blogs, and those who comment on the blogs have to be at times so thoroughly unpleasant? This is not what free speech is meant to be.
The code was proposed due to threats made to a well known female blogger. In speaking to BBC News he said, "I do think we need some code of conduct around what is acceptable behaviour; I would hope that it doesn't come through any kind or regulation, it would come through self-regulation".
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- Take responsibility not just for your own words, but for the comments you allow on your blog
- Label your tolerance level for abusive comments
- Consider eliminating anonymous comments
- Ignore the trolls
- Take the conversation off-line, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so
- If you know someone who is behaving badly, tell them so
- Don't say anything online that you wouldn't say in person
I am happy with self-regulation. I want my blogs to be challenging, written as well as I can, and informative, but never abusive towards others. I also want any comments to be treated in the same way. I guess that this is a kind of code of conduct, and why should there be anything wrong with that? Good blogging achieves so much, and the freedom we enjoy in blogging should never be abused. What do you think?
I finish with this cartoon, for no other reason than I can, and I like it.
Keep on enjoying the "World of Words".