We Could Be Quiet - Bloggers' Ethic and Grammar?

Adapted from http://goo.gl/NKDh7
There is a clear preference given to people who maintain their integrity. Those who write just to manipulate others for gain--primarily financial--are looked down upon, or their work goes unread. There is no authenticity to their writing, no reality to what they are about. Instead, all is carefully scripted. And, I haven't had to depend on that...if I had, I wouldn't be blogging.

I'm a person writing about his experiences in K-12 education, finding a way through the political quagmire, the red tape, the reluctant educators, the eager students (and feel free to flip those adjectives around).

What should be the blogger's ethic? Let's recall Jeff Jarvis' standards...
1. No one can buy my editorial voice or opinion.
2. No one can buy my editorial space; if it’s an ad it will clearly be an ad.
3. No one should be confused about the source of anything on my pages.
4. I will disclose my business relationships whenever it is relevant and possible.

...this isn’t about ethics pledges and industry policies. It’s about personal integrity, about honesty, about having a direct and open relationship of trust and credibility. You may disagree with my opinions — and, oh, you do — but you should at least be assured that they are mine.
Blogging allows one to express oneself as s/he shares information/ideas with others, to bring a level of transparency to the practice of being an educator, a writer, that wasn't there before.
The worst thing about grammar nitpickers is that others, fearing their criticism, may not be willing to publicly share their ideas. And while this is sad for adults, it's tragic when it happens to kids. (Source: Blue Skunk Blog: What's the Big Deal About Typos?)
In the end, I'd like you to remember one last thing about this adventure...we could all be quiet. We could keep our mouths shut about what we're learning, or share it out so others will learn from our experiences and vice versa. We could worry about how we're writing/blogging and whether it's grammatically correct or not.

But then, what/where is the fun in that?

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doug0077 said…
Hi Miguel,

Quite an outpouring on the blog of late - happy to see it, love to read it, and sorry that I don't always have time to comment.

My best analogy for blogging is simply "thinking out loud." You are a great example of this.

Oh, on Jarvis's ethics, I think we can all be bought - it's just the price we put on our integrity. I don't think I'm cynical here, just realistic.

Happy 4th!


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