Posted by: Nancy | July 28, 2009

Blog with Integrity

Here’s a great idea — a voluntary code of conduct, a pledge for bloggers to take to uphold standards in blogging. I’ve signed the pledge:

BlogWithIntegrity.com

BLOG with INTEGRITY

By displaying the Blog with Integrity badge or signing the pledge, I assert that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is important to me.

I treat others respectfully, attacking ideas and not people. I also welcome respectful disagreement with my own ideas.

I believe in intellectual property rights, providing links, citing sources, and crediting inspiration where appropriate.

I disclose my material relationships, policies and business practices. My readers will know the difference between editorial, advertorial, and advertising, should I choose to have it. If I do sponsored or paid posts, they are clearly marked.

When collaborating with marketers and PR professionals, I handle myself professionally and abide by basic journalistic standards.

I always present my honest opinions to the best of my ability.

I own my words. Even if I occasionally have to eat them.

The pledge was developed in response to the Federal Trade Commission’s recent review of guidelines, which authorize it to take action against bloggers who fail to disclose conflicts of interest, such as payment for comment by marketers.

I applaud that the pledge not only covers that issue, but also speaks to civility and fairness.

I hope it catches on.

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