Guidelines to Blogging

Guidelines to Blogging
Hey bloggers- Use the following guide for the rules of blogging.  
When you press PUBLISH, what you have written is instantly seen all over the world.  You should think carefully about what you write in blogs and in comments and follow these rules.
BE SAFE:
Do not use your last name. Do not give out personal information on your blog or in your writing.  Use no last names, phone numbers, home addresses, screen names, or personal e-mail addresses.  Your blog is a public space and anyone, anywhere can be reading it.  Don’t share anything you don’t want the whole world to know.  You can keep in touch through comments with those reading.
Don’t be specific when writing about yourself. E.g. Say: “I play basketball with a local team” rather than “I play for the Mt Eliza Tigers”.
Do not post photos of others without their permission.
BE RESPECTFUL
Don’t say anything that might be offensive to someone else, about a person, an organization or just generally.
Be considerate of others. When commenting, show others that you have read what they have written rather than just saying “great job”.  We’ll practice this to be as helpful to each other as we can be.
Don’t write about other people without permission from that person and from Linda.





BE LITERATE
No matter what you are writing, tell a good story!  Open with an interesting lead, use beautiful language, and give readers something to ponder when you close.
You know about good grammar, spelling and punctuation. Use your knowledge to finish your piece with expertise.   Paste your post into a Word document & use the spell and grammar check before posting.  Use the ideas we discuss in class for good final editing.
Save abbreviations and shortcuts for texting.
You are broadcasting yourself to the world. Present yourself in the best possible light.
BE RESPONSIBLE
Make sure you check facts before presenting something factual.  Link to your sources, but don’t link unless you have read and understood the source well.  If you are unsure about the link, check with Linda first.
We’ll talk often about copyright—especially with sounds and images.  It’s often best to use your own photos, but be sure what you do use is copyright free.  Just because you can find it doesn’t mean you can post it.


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