A question of responsibility

While surfing today, I ran across a question that intrigued me. It was one that I have not give much thought to, even though it actually has a lot to do with this hobby of mine… Being a Blogger.

Do bloggers have a responsibility to act as role models for the people who may be reading their work?

This question came from the following link, and if you are interested, I encourage you to read the article as well. I found it very interesting.

I run my Blog as a form of entertainment, but I do try and convey relevant news and information through it. I will also ad my opinion on anything that I think I have one on. As demonstrated a few months ago, there are those out there that do not agree with me, and I respect that. I have said from the beginning that even if I do not like what you have to say, as long as it is not an outright attack for the sake of attacking, I will not delete it. Part of running a successful Blog is, I think, allowing others to state their opinion openly, even if it is in contrast to that of the author.

I feel that it is the responsibility of the Blogger to present their opinion in the most open way possible, without attempting to intentionally distort the truth or the facts. If challenged, I think it is the responsibility of the Blogger to accept that there are many others that may share or disagree with their opinion and be willing to allow that to happen… as I try to do.

If a Blogger is confronted by someone who is disputing an article or story as being false, fabricated or an outright lie, it is the Blogger’s responsibility to research it, and if it is erroneous, retract or correct the story as soon as possible. Even to go so far as to issue an apology to anyone offended or harmed by the story.

If a Blogger is writing a piece that is based on their personal opinion, then they need to make that clear, and not try to state that the information that they are giving is the gospel truth.

Blogging is a form of journalism, regardless of what some may say. As a Blogger, you are writing something that could be seen by many millions of people. Not everyone will like what you have to say, some will. A Blogger should always assume that he or she is writing to an audience that respects them, and they must show that same respect in return.

I think that as a Blogger, I have the duty to not, intentionally, mislead. To tell my stories, to entertain, to vent, to explain and to do so with passion and some sign of intellect. Not to “tell tales out of school” or to post articles sheerly for the shock value.

Above all, Blogging should be a labor of love, and through it you should share that love with others through writing something that they too might enjoy reading as much as you enjoyed writing it.

If I might butcher Shakespeare for a moment: “If Blogging be the music of love, Blog on!”

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