Blogging Etiquette and Rules

An Overview of Blogging

Why Blog?
  • Share your thoughts
  • Read and Respond to a comment
  • Discuss - Agree, disagree, add new ideas
  • Learn from others

As a blogger, you should read, understand and follow the follow blogging rules:

  • Be safe. You know the rules online… Do not tell your first and last names, address, school, etc. Blogs are on the internet and anyone can see them, even when they are “private”.

  • Be polite. Write in a positive, friendly way. Do not use sarcasm or nasty language. Also, avoid using ALL CAPS, as this indicates yelling. Remember, the way you write shows your personality to everyone who reads the blog.

  • Be accurate. Make sure that any information you write is correct. This includes facts, names, and web addresses. Do not exaggerate.

  • Give credit. If you do mention a fact you read online, or show a picture you found online, be sure to give the author credit. Tell the author’s name (if you know it) and the web address of the source.

  • Be a conscientious student. Proofread carefully before clicking “Submit Comment”. Your writing is for school, so be sure to check spelling, punctuation and grammar, as you would for any other school project.

  • Write intelligently. Make sure your message is clear and easy to understand. Remember to stick to the topic; don’t be overly humorous or creative.

  • Write quick and to the point. Blogging is not a time for writing a novel. (There are other online tools for this.)