There is a ongoing debate around the blogosphere regarding what Tim O’Reilly called the “Bloggers Code of Conduct”. While I do think that bloggers should follow some basic rules I also defend that those rules should emerge naturally, rather than being imposed by a central authority.
Recently I wrote an article for the Sponsored Reviews blog titled “10 Rules for Responsible Blogging”. On the article I list some basic principles that could ensure more credibility and integrity around the blogosphere. Notice that I do not feel like I can dictate what bloggers should or should not do, those are just suggestions:
1. Check your facts 2. Respect Copyright Law 3. Consider the implications 4. Control the comments on your blog 5. Give credit where credit is due 6. Disclose professional relationships 7. Disclose sponsored posts 8. Be transparent with affiliate links 9. Respect Tax Law
10. Avoid “blackhat” methods