Blogging, who'd do it?
Well, me for one, as funnily enough despite the crazy ass foolery it often causes, I do actually love being a blogger.
For all the mentalists doing it, there are some great people who take the whole thing with a large pinch of salt and an even bigger dollop of fun. Which is why I begged Michelle to let me join in with her Bloggers Charter.
Now, please be aware that I in no way feel anyone should actually take a blind bit of notice of me- I'm not God (or whoever your preferred dude upstairs is), so please, take them in jest.
1 THOU SHALT HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOUR
Well, at least when you read my blog or twitter. D'you know, for all the people who follow me for taking the pee out of X Factor, every week I have someone unfollow in a flouncey "you should be ashamed/ disgusted/hung from the highest tree for not getting that I am joking. Of course I do not think that Justin Bieber should be locked up for crimes against humanity. Nor do I think that Craig Colton's idea of rock or indeed roll is a tube of Pringles and a Family sized Tobelerone. I am joking, and for the most part, I hope you get that from me. Life is too short to take everything seriously.
2 THOU SHALT GROW A PAIR
Oh seriously guys. In blogging, as in life, people may not like you. Hell I could name quite of few fellow blogger's who really hate my guts. Do I care? No! I have seen far too much side taking nonsense, and its got to bloody stop! And another thing- if someone acts an arse, then say so yourself. Or move on and chalk it up to experience or madness. Or a full moon. And go eat some chocolate.
3 THOU SHALT REMEMBER WE'RE NOT AT SCHOOL ANYMORE
Now, I know some bloggers are young, but correct me if I'm wrong, we're not so young as to still be at school. I really get bored of the whole old versus new debates. So what if you have been blogging since the dawn of time, and equally so what if you are new? I know of blogs which are years old and they really are boring, with dreadful spelling and are written in a way my Mum would find enjoyable. I've also seen some cracking new blogs which I can't wait to see develop into something more. Age (of blog) is but a number. Join in, chat, comment, don't. It doesn't matter. It all starts somewhere. If we come across as cliquey, then apologies, but we've had time to get to know each other, and give it a while, you'll get the same moans and grumbles off the next stable of newbies.
4 THOU SHALT NOT BLOG DURING PMT OUTBREAKS
Sorry if that's sexist, but I think I can pinpoint when some bloggers have PMT. They get the arse over everything. I am personally not going to write here when I have PMT. It makes us unable to process jokes, silliness and other stuff that when not visited by the monthly madness, we'd not even notice.
5 THOU SHALT NOT LISTEN TO PEOPLE TELLING YOU WHAT TO BLOG ABOUT
This is my biggest blog related bug-bear. There are times when I have no idea what to write here. I just leave it for a few days, then come back when I have something interesting to say. I don't quite get those people who have to be told, or in fact listen to those who tell them, what is and isn't acceptable on their blog. Its your blog. If you want to tell us things to make the day go quicker and how to have fun with your kids, do it. If you wish to tell us about decorating sex toys, do it. If you love shoes, then blog it. If you can't work out what you want to write, don't blog, find another hobby. You may even find that a joke about being a rubbish cook will lead to a blog- I did, hence Lazy Girl Cooks came about. I would never tell people what they should or shouldn't say. It's just plain stupid.
6 THOU SHALT NOT NICK OTHER'S BLOG NAMES FOR EVIL DOING
Yeah, that happened to me this year. For about five minutes I felt like Britney Spears with my own copycat. Then I felt peeved off as they weren't being very nice to people when they did it. Then I felt quite sad for the person that bored as to do it. Likewise, if you are launching a blog, it's always a good idea to check no one else has already used the name you are thinking of using. Chances are the person already known with your name will not be happy about it. Google helps!
7 THOU SHALT NOT PASS JUDGEMENT ON OTHERS. EVER
If someone reviews, writes about their sex life on another blog or finds lice in their kids hair of quite an old age, do not feel its your right to rip into them via their blog or twitter. Its about support, nothing more, nothing less. The great thing is, as a community, we are really good together in times when an outside force is being a bit mean about us as a group. Its about personal choice, and if you aren't a fan of something, no one forces you to read. Simple.
8 THOU SHALT NOT WORRY ABOUT COMMENTS
Why do I keep seeing people banging on about "delurking?" What on earth is a lurker? It sounds like someone who stands by girl's schools in a mac and nothing else. If someone pops on over via a link, that's great! If they comment, that's nice of them. What's not great is feeling that if I haven't commented, I am something called a lurker. And seen as what I feel a lurker sounds like, I'm not going to pop over to your blog if I feel forced to comment. I'm just pleased when someone comes and reads.
9 THOU SHALT NOT MOAN ABOUT TWIBBONS OR MY LACK OF THEM
If there's one thing which really annoys me its being forced to sign up for a charidee drive just because someone higher up the food chain says we all should. I much prefer to make my own mind up over who or what I support. I'm not a twibbon fan, purely because I hate the way they ruin the rest of my avatar and I can't take the blooming things off again. I hate when, at times, I haven't plonked one of these on my Twitter, so people assume I'm not supporting it, yet, without asking they unfollow me for not being a part of the Twibbon club. Ridiculous. Not everyone can afford to join in with huge charity drives.
10 THOU SHALT NEVER, EVER TWEET/BLOG OR OTHERWISE WHILST DRUNK
Trust me, never a good idea.
11 THOU SHALT ENJOY ONESELF WHILST BLOGGING
Klout, Technogrotti, the whole thing- who cares? Personally I think I may start a Klout list for "Not actually giving a feck about Klout" (feel free to ask to be added!). Like anything in life, if you don't enjoy it, don't do it! If its something that makes you lose sleep, then you need to re-assess why you give a frick enough to bother. With stats and any list which comes off the back of them, I take a look, and say Oh I'm number..... this month. That's nice". Then I go laugh as people run around on Twitter getting hysterical over it. Especially the Tots 100 as I can personally tell the moment when The Overlord has reached the point of drinking neat alcohol and biting her tongue. Its hilarious (to me anyway). Stats are stats. We have them to give us an idea of how many people were bored enough on Twitter to click your link. There are no prizes.
What would be in your charter? Pop your link below.
* And in the interest of fairness, another on the list would be Thou Shalt Never EVER take anything I say as serious or act upon it".