respect the blog

Today I was going to update you with news of our heifer and calf and describe the challenges of walking along perilously on the top of an old christmas cake as the remaining snow sounds and feels exactly like desicated Royal icing, long after the festivities have passed. 

However, I now feel all this rural whimsy can wait.

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Instead, as a freelance writer, both published in print and the on web I feel very strongly about this campaign – RESPECT THE BLOG and wish to draw everyone’s attention to it. Thank you to Cheshire Wife who spread the word.  

 These links explain what has happened in blog land and Don Mills Diva is right to draw attention to it. By everyone I mean those who write and read blogs and generally care about the written word. This is the original article published by Times online.

When I write on here I try to enthuse and inform and explain the complexities of rural life to those who don’t know, while at the same time trying to appeal to those who do know. It is a hard task. Remaining anonymous is also hard at times too but advice was sought before the blog started and this is how Arcadian Advocate writes.

So for those who also care about the integrity of what we WRITERS do and care about our copyrights then please follow the links and join in. Every word counts. I know what is ‘blogged’ is very much in the public domain, but I write [think and type] every single word on Arcadian Advocate and I’d be very upset if any of it was used without proper permission or acknowledgement.

Sometimes AA’s  posts are written in haste, sometimes not, it depends on what is happening on the farm. I hope the readers can’t necessarily tell the difference. If I get an idea or a news story or picture from somewhere else then I put a link in the text.

Blogs mean a lot to those who write them, and also to those who read them.  Real journalism matters too, and although there is genuine overlap between blogging and journalism they should not be confused.

Integrity is vitally important to many of us, but surely it should matter to everyone who writes [and reads] especially in national/international read media. I accept that we do not necessarily know the whole story but why then does it appear that there are so many shortcuts taken within the business of writing? Is this a result of all this technology?

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4 responses to “respect the blog

  1. Pondside

    I didn’t know anything about this before reading your post. Blogging may not be writing in a newspaper, but I think that the same standards of conduct need to observed by writers of all sorts. The Times writer ought to have known better than to have quoted someone without checking; should have done his homework, and more than anything else – shouldn’t have lifted someone else’s words!
    Respect the Blog and let’s pass the word!

  2. muddyboots

    Thank you for flagging this problem up, having been featured as a ‘twee, city dweller’ in an article in the same paper a while agol do sympathize, boy did they get that wrong!

  3. Doubt I’ll ever be quoted but thanks for the post about this. Blogging should indeed be respected, a lot of work goes into each post, however long or short.

    CJ xx

  4. Thank you for highlighting this AA. I didn’t see the article, although now have read it (or your blog on it before today – embarassed emoticon!)
    I do believe that Blogs have a place and that the contents and the authors should be respected.

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