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Ethics and the Blogger
I tend to stay away from the big dust-ups that have occurred in the blog world over the past year. I don't need my hobby to become embroiled in controversy, but that's not to say I haven't seen some questionable behavior. Thankfully it seems that most bloggers tend to stick with the basic ethics of writing.
Give credit where credit is due
It seems every few months a big blow out about plagiarism comes around. Remember all that stuff you learned in high school about citing what you write - it still applies today, on the internet. Actually it is easier to cite stuff when blogging as you can directly link to it and you don't have to worry about the proper citation format. I'm sure you would love the shout out if someone used your stuff, so do likewise for the people you are quoting.
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Going along with giving credit, also be honest and open with your readers. If you get a book or are compensated some how for your post disclose it. It's actually required by FTC policy. Letting your readers know any connections you have with the author/publisher/publicist is a good practice and really nothing to hide. It could be more damaging if after the fact people realized you were being paid for your endorsement.
Negative reviews is another hot button topic that seems to raise its ugly head every few months. If you don't like a book, that's perfectly fine. I say write the review. There is a need in the marketplace for negative reviews - something you didn't like about the book may be the exact reason someone else loves it. Kind of like me and sex scenes. If you want to write reviews for books you don't like, here's a couple of points to keep in mind:
- No personal attacks! You might not like the writing style, but that really doesn't have anything to do with who the author is as a person.
- Try to find the positives. Like I said you may not like the book, but someone else might. What might someone else find likeable about the book?
- Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Be respectful of other reviewers' thoughts on the book
Genre Talk: Non-fiction
When it comes to non-fiction, this is where my truly eclectic reading choices are really seen. Here's a sampling of some of the non-fiction I've reviewed (many are courtesy of Lucinda of Lucinda Literary)
- Environmental Ethics: An Anthology
- Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
- Vaccine-Nation by Andreas Moritz
- Going Solo by Eric Klinenberg
- You Are What You Wear by Jennifer Baumgartner
- Attached by Levine Amir and Rachel Heller
- The Slave Next Door by Theresa Flores
- The Watchmaker's Daughter by Sonia Taitz
And a couple of blogging books
- My Blog Traffic Sucks! by Steve Scott (great book!)
- StumbleUpon Exposed (Not worth your time)