Earlier today, I read Bob Dunn's article, "Values-based Blogging: 5 Ways a Blogger's Creed Can Set You Apart" from which the above excerpt is taken and took his words to heart. I had to agree that adding my own Blogger's Creed for Equis Place would be a valuable way to share my personal beliefs with my visitors as well as a fun way of stating my expectations for my blog.
Taking Dunn's advice, I then crafted my own creed based on the aspects of life, writing and people that I value the most: honesty; openness; community; the power of stories; and respect.
I encourage you, too, to read Dunn's entire article after reading through the creed I came up with:
- I believe in the value of HONESTY.
Speaking candidly with my readers about my life experiences and learnings is, to me, the most important aspect of writing a blog. Everything I write on Equis Place, including reviews, is the truth according to the way I experience and remember events and people. I accept the fact that memory is fallible and acknowledge that dialogue included in my posts is recreated to the best of my memory. Part of being honest includes acknowledging sources of any blog content that is not mine; I will never take credit for someone else's work, and I expect others to give me credit, as well, where credit is due.
- I believe in the value of OPENNESS.
By opening myself up and sharing my life and innermost thoughts with you, I connect better with people who may not know me but can relate to me. Although every person is unique, we live through universal themes like love, death, fear, family and sadness. I am a person like any other, and it is my mission to create a sense of openness on my blog by exposing my humanity.
- I believe in the value of COMMUNITY.
The desire for social interaction is part of what makes us human and supporting one another is what enlivens that humanity. I appreciate reading comments, emails, Facebook messages and tweets from those who visit my site, and it makes me especially happy when a reader tells me in person how my posts on Equis Place have impacted you. Connecting with other writers by visiting their blogs and connecting with my readers by replying to you when you write to me is my way of showing this appreciation. The best part about a blog community is that the more it grows the more valuable connections can be made amongst a diverse group of people.
- I believe in the value of STORIES.
I blog on Equis Place because I am passionate about writing and sharing my story with friends, family and strangers in a fun and creative way. I believe that every person has a story to tell. I believe that story is important, and I can learn from it. By sharing our stories with one another, we empower ourselves as well as others. I always appreciate hearing your life stories, whether they are happy or sad, and I encourage you to continue sharing them however you can.
- I believe in the value of RESPECT.
I accept the fact that there are as many opinions in our world as there are grains of sand on a beach. I respect my readers' opinions, and I will solely engage with my readers in a positive manner. Although some of my opinions may differ from yours and yours may differ from those of other readers, mutual respect is paramount to creating a blog where honesty, openness, community and the power of stories are truly valued.
My Blogger's Creed can now be found on the "About" page of xiomaramaldonado.com.
What do you think of my Blogger's Creed? Any advice as to how to improve it?
Do you believe there is value in a writer sharing their core beliefs on their site?