Blogging with Integrity

Let’s start with a definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary and what it says about integrity.

  1. : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
  2. : an unimpaired condition : soundness
  3. : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness

And now you’re probably wondering what’s with up with this post. Well you see I’m annoyed and the best way to deal with it is to talk about it so here I am. Talking.

I think that in blogging as well as life in general we should all have integrity and follow it no matter what. Our real lives and our lives online intersect every day especially when we blog and we have to keep in mind our morals and make sure that we’re following them. We need to be true to ourselves, to our readers, and to everyone out there that we may come in contact with. At some point in time we may say or do something that goes against our morals we need to be prepared to either justify it or apologize for our actions. Many times people ignore it because they don’t see the wrong that they’ve done even if they’re told by another.

I was looking around a bit on the internet for blogging with integrity information and came across this site, Blog with Integrity, Inc., and after reading what they were all about I immediately signed the pledge and added their button to my blog. If you have integrity and like what the Blog with Integrity site says then sign the pledge and add the button!

If you’re interested here’s the pledge.

“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.”

Now class I’ll take your questions, comments, and suggestions.

26 Responses to Blogging with Integrity
  1. Carrie M
    December 29, 2010 | 2:10 pm

    I agree with you 100%. Blogging with integrity is vital and living life with integrity is just as important. Great post!

    • Jackie
      December 29, 2010 | 2:35 pm

      Thank you!! It really is and sometimes I think that people forget it.

  2. Gigi927
    December 29, 2010 | 2:15 pm

    Amen.

    Sometimes we blog with integrity and it bites us in the butt, doesn’t it?

    But as a wise person told me, we need to keep on keepin’ on and hold our heads high. Eventually we will be rewarded.

    • Jackie
      December 29, 2010 | 2:34 pm

      And sometimes we THINK we’re blogging with integrity and we’re not. Thankfully if you have a good group of friends they’ll tell you and keep you in check!

  3. Liz
    December 29, 2010 | 2:24 pm

    I like how you said this is something that applies in real life along with blogging. Cuz I think something like this…people not being responsible for their words/actions…is something that’s a big problem in general.

    • Jackie
      December 29, 2010 | 3:00 pm

      It is! What bothers me is the “duel” lives people lead. The online and offline lives. They really don’t understand how they intersect!

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  5. Hutch
    December 29, 2010 | 5:18 pm

    New reader and I’m so glad I stopped by today! It’s nice to see someone putting this out there. There’s some commenters who should be taking this pledge as well :)

    • Jackie
      December 29, 2010 | 6:28 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!! You’re probably right there are a lot of commenters (spammers) who need to be careful with what they say or how they say it!

  6. Jill
    December 30, 2010 | 1:28 am

    Love it! (& RT’d it)

    • Jackie
      December 30, 2010 | 2:56 am

      Great!! Thank you!

  7. Jill
    December 30, 2010 | 1:28 am

    Love it!

  8. Jill
    December 30, 2010 | 4:41 am

    Awesome job, Jackie. Very well said. Blogging with integrity will pay back 1,000 times. Headed over to sign up with Blog with Integrity now. Thanks!

    • Jackie
      December 30, 2010 | 1:41 pm

      Yay!! Thank you!! I hope that everyone does!

  9. Betty Gray
    January 1, 2011 | 1:15 am

    Totally feeling this! I’ll be headed over there to read more up on it. I keep coming across great blogs in my searches to only find out that they are using photos and not giving credit (I know because I came across those same photos in a search) or they don’t like anyone saying anything negative on their blogs. I’m totally open and welcome anyone to let me know where my thoughts are wrong. So, yeah, I need to head over there and sign up! Thanks!

    • Jackie
      January 1, 2011 | 3:04 am

      I agree! When I use images that aren’t mine I use Zemanta, which is built into WordPress, and it gives proper credit when you use the picture.

  10. Cori Benson
    January 1, 2011 | 6:49 am

    What a great concept … I’m off to read more about it and sign up! Thank you!!

    Happy New Years!!

    • Jackie
      January 2, 2011 | 2:43 pm

      Yay!!! Thanks! I think all blogger need to check it out!

  11. By Word of Mouth Musings
    January 2, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    Morning!
    Every time I tried to comment the other day it tried to add my homeschool blog and I figured you would wonder who the heck that was … one profile edit later, here I am! Love this post, especially ‘the have to eat them’ :)
    My soon to be teen says at the end of her blogposts
    ‘if my words are not always witty or wise, may they always be mine’ – ahead of her time!
    Came up with a New Year plan on my blog yesterday too .. then stayed up all night trying to figure out where to go with it …
    Off to the beach – later later xxx

    • Jackie
      January 2, 2011 | 2:45 pm

      Very smart girl you have!! I love the saying!

      Off the beach…. Yes, I’m slightly jealous as I look out the window at the snow falling.

  12. Kristy
    January 2, 2011 | 10:59 pm

    I like that definition! Very good. I have seen that button before and wasn’t sure what it was all about.

    • Jackie
      January 3, 2011 | 2:16 am

      I’d seen it on occasion but didn’t look into it until I started writing this post. It makes a lot of sense!!

  13. Judy Beach
    January 3, 2011 | 7:39 am

    So glad you posted about this. I have done so myself in the past. I think its very important.
    Thanks.

  14. Jdaniel4smim
    July 26, 2011 | 8:07 pm

    Stopping from Time Travel Tuesday! What a wonderful pledge!

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