Tuesday, October 31

Blog Manifesto

  1. I will endeavour to be honest and forthright at all times. At some point I will be the audience of this blog, I will be older and wiser but you never know I may still seek counsel with the younger me, this blog should stand as a list of lessons learnt, because to forget is to be doomed to make the same mistakes.
  2. I will use this blog in a positive way. Every cloud has a silver lining and all bad news has it's own spin. Too many people blog to bitch and moan, and whilst I can happily moan up a storm I’d rather not dedicate pixels and megabytes or my time doing so.
  3. Anything I say here, you can hear from me in person. Although I plan to use this blog for only positive reasons, at some point I can imagine myself disagreeing with someone or something someone said and analysing it here. If that happens I will be mindful of rule one but I will also not say anything I do not feel comfortable saying to a persons face. Blogs are not coats of armour, nor are they designed to be private, my private thoughts are in my head, my public thoughts are voiced here and as such I will use the same restraint and judgement I would use in any social situation. I realise that this may seem like it is in opposition to rule one but, I believe there’s a difference between using discretion and lying.
  4. I will only write about things with significance. This may not always be apparent but if it motivates me to put finger to keyboard then it must hold some significance. I may not always be open about what that significance is (see rule 3).
  5. I will try to make this blog fun. I’m not the initial audience for this blog so in consideration of my friends who I expect to read the blog I will try to make it more interesting than paragraph after paragraph of random thoughts.
  6. I will try to make my blog interactive. I feel that some blogs do not acknowledge their audience in even the most basic ways, what do you think? I will incite debate, court feedback, probe, ask questions and investigate my audience. Blogs aren’t private spaces, and I hope that mine will be more than a peek inside my mind, not that it will even be that (see rule 3).
  7. I will constantly reivise my manifesto. Write your plans in the sand because the tide is always shifting. That is nonsense and I apologise but my point is that shit changes, I change and therefore this manifesto may well change too.
  8. List should be no more than 7 items big. Ok, that’s not the rule but it kind of gets to my point. Long lists (like this one), collections of things just sitting on the page, paragraph after paragraph of ranting do not make good reading.

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