I’m sure each blogger has his set of blogging "rules and principals" while blogging. For instance, I follow the RPG (Responsible, Polite, Good Relations) rule. I actually came up with this term yesterday night as I reflected on my blogging style. A frequent reader of RIUVA would’ve noticed that there are topics that I do not tread on for many reasons. I might be a n00b in that arena, yeah, no mecha for me or I might be uncomfortable with others. Below are some of my blogging etiquettes, just to share it with every blogger out there.
Responsible – The term says it all, I’m responsible for what I write. Though it’s a blog and I’m free to express my views, I blog within the perimeters, abiding the nation’s laws so that I will not have the police knocking at my door. Recently, I read news on The Straits Times that a Singapore blogger was arrested for "posting a racist rant on his website". I’ve not read what he has written and I’m not in a position to judge anything but I will not want what I write to spark off any discontent among communities.
There are many way to be responsible, one of the many is to put in an effort to ratify facts that I’ve gotten wrong. When it comes to the many writing styles, I might sound hypocritical, deliberate or what I’ve written might mean the opposite. However, If I get a fact wrong due to my ignorance, I’ll ratify the post and post an "edit" sign somewhere. Responsible linking is also an important issue to me. Imagine clicking on a link in the blog and it brings you to a virus infested site! It happened to me once and my Norton Anti-Virus jumped into action.
Polite – Imagine a nobody coming to your blog commenting, "YOUR POST SUCK BALLS YOU SHIT HEAD HAHAHAHAHAHA". I’ll ignore and back list that person if he’s to identify himself. If I’m to receive a polite comment, be it a positive or negative remark, I’ll definitely attend to it though the person is commenting on a post that’s dated back. On the other hand, "YOU SUCK BALLS I’M A TROLL" comments, will get nothing out from me, well…maybe some curses from behind the computer screen.
Good Relations – If a blogger is to link my blog to his post, I’ll find the opportunity to link back to his blog should I have any posts that I can bring him in. This is like a friendship of some sorts, there’s give and take. I do not believe that I should be at the receiving end at all times. I do leave friendly comments on blogs that have commented on my posts, they’re my way of saying "thank you" for reading my post. My posts are not compulsory to read, it’s boring and there are many better writers out there. But the comments tell me that someone is reading my boring post….thank you!