Ethics, now that’s a sticky subject. What are the rules? What is important? What works for you? I have a pretty basic set of rules I try to adhere to and it is one that I look for in other bloggers. I don’t care if you get ARCs or make money or walk over fiery coals and worship the elder gods to get readership. But …
You night notice a small badge on my sidebar. It is from BLOG WITH INTEGRITY. It means that I have agreed to the following which I have quoted from their site:
“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.”
Since signing this pledge I have changed a number of things, one is my use of images. I try to the best of ability to use images in the public domain or use images which are Creative Commons. One of the best sites I have found for this is Photo Pin.
I also have been upfront about the fact that links on my blog take you to Amazon as I am an Amazon Associate. If I link to other sites I try to make that clear as well, i.e., using GoodRead buttons on Waiting on Wednesdays.
I love the Blog with Integrity pledge, I think it hit all of the high points for me in my blogger ethical life. Is there anything you think is missing?
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