From the swirling around in my head department…
I’ve been at this blogging thing for a relatively short period of time compared to many of the other bloggers I know. In that time I’ve seen bits and pieces of a set of norms, or “rules” if you will, scattered around the blogosphere. These “rules” are mostly unwritten, but some are buried in the archives of the blogosphere. For new bloggers they lurk like tiny land mines waiting to be stepped on.
Most of the “rules” have contradictory rules as well, here’s a short list:
Blog about yourself – Don’t blog about yourself
Blog funny – Blog serious
Insult others – Don’t insult others
Troll – Don’t troll
Blog liberal – Blog conservative
Fisk – Don’t fisk
It’s enough to make your head swim…
I’ve got one thing to say about blogging rules: FUCK THAT!
Wizbang is whatever I feel like it should be that: week; day; or post. Nothing more, nothing less. Some day’s it will be funny (I hope), other days it will serious, some times it will get personal, often it may be lame (sorry). One thing it will never be is sanctimonious. My way of blogging works for me, your way works for you. I’m not going to tell you how you’re doing it is wrong, and you sure as hell better not try to tell me I’m doing it wrong.
I will listen the views and thoughts of those I respect and make changes to how I blog at my discretion. If I want to pull cheap stunts to drive up traffic; I will. If I want to start posting the Communist Manifesto one page at a time; I will. If I want to start posting my breakfast menu; I will. In short, I’ll do what I please, thank you very much…
You can call me an asshat if I try any of those lame ideas, but don’t try to tell me I’m breaking some blogging rule. I’ll do what I please, if it pisses you off; don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. It won’t hurt my feelings one little bit.
The one rule I will respect is the NIMBY rule. I’ll treat your blog like it is your house; I’ll wipe my feet before entering and not make a mess while I’m visiting. But at my blog I’ll lounge around; leave trash and laundry on the floor; forget to mow the lawn for a few weeks, etc. if that’s how I’m feeling. I expect you to treat my blog like I would treat yours. Sorry, the only one who gets to leave dirty dishes on the coffee table is me.