Today I signed this pledge and put a banner on my blog. It’s about blogging with integrity.
I’m sitting here, scratching my head. Amazed. Confused. I really don’t know how it is that we’ve come to this. Having to even decide, regardless of it being an option (even a slightly pleasant one), to confirm to everyone in the blogging world whether bloggers or PR, we blog with integrity.
That little badge being displayed over there on the far side bar is to let you, my visitors know, what I really, really hope you’ve always known…
I BLOG WITH INTEGRITY.
I always have.
And I always will.
I speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth here on my blog.
I don’t attack people. Not in real life. And certainly not here on my blog.
I give credit where credit is due. After all, it’s the right thing to do.
I respect the rights and intellectual property rights. And the stupid ones, too.
I don’t do sponsored. If I did, I would most certainly let you know.
I do some review. And trust me, if I don’t like it, you’ll know about it. If I like it, I shout it out.
It’s a part of me. It’s a reflection on me. And of me.
I am what I preach.
I am a product of my parents, who instilled those above mentioned things into my make-up. I do things the right way, because that’s how it should be done. I’m raising my children like that, too. Because it’s honorable. It’s right. It’s menchy.
Maybe that’s why I’m not high up in blog ranking? But, if it meant slitting throats and stepping in the gash to climb my way up the Nielson ratings, then forget it. I’d rather just sit and look up. Don’t mind those zits on my chin, mmkay?
I think it’s really speaks volumes for where blogging has taken a turn. That is sad. Because this turn isn’t a good one.
I already had my say on the PR Blackout herein a litle rant post. So I won’t say any more about this.
When I became a blogger almost 2 years ago, none of this was going on. None of this mattered. And if it did, I was happily living in Ignorance, Bliss. It’s a nice country. You should check it out sometime.
I won’t participate in the blackout. And if it’s already over, good.
I did sign my name to the Blog With Integrity pledge. It was an option that I chose to take for my blog.
I perused the pledge list. I saw many of the blogs I read on there. I was quite shocked at the voluminous list of bloggers that signed this pledge.
And I have to say…I kind of felt that it was a bittersweet action, adding my name to a list with my blogging colleagues. I was proud to be there, in letters, hanging with my friends. But that list of bloggers, many whom I know through blogging…
I never assumed anything other than they oozed with integrity.
Does anyone else feel sort of disheartened at the path blogging is marching down?
Or am I alone in this. My own little name on my own little list?