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Don't Tell Me How To Blog

From the swirling around in my head department...

I've been at this blogging thing for a relatively short period of time compared to many of the other bloggers I know. In that time I've seen bits and pieces of a set of norms, or "rules" if you will, scattered around the blogosphere. These "rules" are mostly unwritten, but some are buried in the archives of the blogosphere. For new bloggers they lurk like tiny land mines waiting to be stepped on.

Most of the "rules" have contradictory rules as well, here's a short list:

Blog about yourself - Don't blog about yourself
Blog funny - Blog serious
Insult others - Don't insult others
Troll - Don't troll
Blog liberal - Blog conservative
Fisk - Don't fisk
(...)

It's enough to make your head swim...

I've got one thing to say about blogging rules: FUCK THAT!

Wizbang is whatever I feel like it should be that: week; day; or post. Nothing more, nothing less. Some day's it will be funny (I hope), other days it will serious, some times it will get personal, often it may be lame (sorry). One thing it will never be is sanctimonious. My way of blogging works for me, your way works for you. I'm not going to tell you how you're doing it is wrong, and you sure as hell better not try to tell me I'm doing it wrong.

I will listen the views and thoughts of those I respect and make changes to how I blog at my discretion. If I want to pull cheap stunts to drive up traffic; I will. If I want to start posting the Communist Manifesto one page at a time; I will. If I want to start posting my breakfast menu; I will. In short, I'll do what I please, thank you very much...

You can call me an asshat if I try any of those lame ideas, but don't try to tell me I'm breaking some blogging rule. I'll do what I please, if it pisses you off; don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. It won't hurt my feelings one little bit.

The one rule I will respect is the NIMBY rule. I'll treat your blog like it is your house; I'll wipe my feet before entering and not make a mess while I'm visiting. But at my blog I'll lounge around; leave trash and laundry on the floor; forget to mow the lawn for a few weeks, etc. if that's how I'm feeling. I expect you to treat my blog like I would treat yours. Sorry, the only one who gets to leave dirty dishes on the coffee table is me.


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Comments (9)

That's a new one for me--th... (Below threshold)
Adam:

That's a new one for me--the Wizbang Rant.

Just remember Kevin and anyone else--You Can Go Your Own Way!

Can I have a cup of coffee now? I promise not to leave it on the coffee table.

Can I use that bit about po... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Can I use that bit about posting the breakfast menu? It might be a nice touch...

Ah yes, the "rules". I'd br... (Below threshold)
Ith:

Ah yes, the "rules". I'd broken most of them before I knew there were any. Especially the "only post original stuff, or only post links, don't mix them" one.

So now I'm wondering my my ... (Below threshold)
jen:

So now I'm wondering my my Bonfire submission from last week needn't have been thrown to the Bonfire after all. :smirk:

I generally ignore the blog "rules" - blog "etiquette" is another matter entirely.

I absolutely agree with you... (Below threshold)
cyn:

I absolutely agree with you. When someone else pays for your page, then and only then do they have the right to tell you what to do. The only rule I have "heard"? and do my best to adhere to, is if you read something on someone else's blog and use it, you should give them the credit....something I find some of the blogs with tons of readers don't always do, but in the long run, what does it matter. That should be common courtesy--Ms. Manners would tell us so!!--not even a rule.....

What's that saying, something about only pleasing yourself? I love reading the different blogs and look forward to each day's offerings. If we all followed these "so-called rules" put down by who?? (republicans, I bet, yeah, that's it, conservative right wing republicans!! lol), how boring the blog world would quickly become. (As a society, we are becoming more and more homogenized--we need to be different!!) If you don't like a blog or a topic, then ignore it. Pretty simple, if you ask me--not that anyone did!

kevin,never mind the... (Below threshold)

kevin,
never mind the bollocks comments,
where's my reciprocal link?
a contract is a contract.
looking forward to the communist manifesto one page at a time.

I like you. Your now a dai... (Below threshold)

I like you. Your now a daily read.

There are RULES for this sh... (Below threshold)

There are RULES for this shit? Goddam! How come nobody let me in on that secret until now?

Yes, but have you ever kiss... (Below threshold)

Yes, but have you ever kissed a cow?




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