Day 4: Ethics in blogging
Day 1 was a total blast for me with Introductions.
Day 2 was about Blog Development
Day 3 was about Literary Fiction I have 10 great recommendations for you!
Day 3 was also giveaway day – don’t miss my post, I have 4 books for grab! open until 6/2 11:59 pm!
Armchair BEA today raises essential ethical questions for bloggers and their readers. I’m inserting here questions from Armchair BEA 2 posts: The Ethics Committee Meets Today, and Ethics and Literary Blogging
– “What guidelines must we follow as bloggers–attribution, disclosure, honesty? Have you had an experience with plagiarism (victim or perpetrator?), and how did you deal with it? Do you have recommendations to new bloggers about how to ensure that credit is given to whom/where it’s due?”
* So far, I have not been aware of being a victim of plagiarism. Though I’m more attentive to it now than I was when I started the blog. I have even started writing a warning at the end of some posts, like if you see this post but from another website, this is illegitimate copy, but these words work only against automatic tools that would stupidly copy my all post to reuse somewhere else. I need to do this at the end of each post.
* Each time I copy a synopsis or an author profile, I always give the name of the source, basically either Goodreads, or the author’s or publisher’s website. I get also my book cover and author’s picture only from these sources.
* If I quote a blogger, which is rare, I do give the link and invite my readers to go visit him/her.
* I always give the page number of a book I quote; it is also easier if the reader want to go find that page!
– “How do we as a community of creators and consumers of entertainment content feel about bloggers who, unknown to us, are biased? Should we be advised if the blogger has a personal relationship with the author? Or their competitor? If they received gifts or other compensation from the publisher?”. “We need to know whether a blogger is an independent voice giving their honest opinion about a literary work, or a paid mouthpiece , or a close friend of the author. Without that information, readers cannot make a real choice.”
* Yes, we should definitely know. And I am going also to add a disclosure in my own policies, thanks Armchair BEA for encouraging me to do so!
-“Ultimately, the answer is to create written ethical assurances from the individual bloggers … And some way of enforcing those rules. Smart bloggers who want to see their work gain credibility might start thinking about forming an organization that would govern its members and lead to assurances of legitimacy. Those who refuse to be accountable or play by ethical rules would be exposed as biased or fraudulent. In the end, the readers and true bloggers would benefit greatly. “
* That will be my next project then after Armchair BEA. I like it the way Armchair BEA makes me aware of some issues and gives me the toll to face them. I actually wrote my policy after another Armchair BEA.
Another important point I would mention is connected with Privacy, another aspect of ethics I think. A blogger recently attracted my attention to that. So each time I post a giveaway I now type this:
” when you enter a giveaway, I keep your email address only until a winner has been chosen and has confirmed. After that, I delete the form where your answers were stored during the duration of the giveaway. If you win and you email me your mailing address, I delete this email and its information as soon as I have mailed you the book.”