There are few people I hate in this world. I think I can count them on one hand, mostly on two fingers. We all have them, people who did us wrong and taught us to disrespect, dread, dislike, and even hate them. As tolerant as we wish we all were, that’s just the way of the world.
When it comes to fellow bloggers and web publishers, I can only think of one that would make it onto my list, which actually puts me into quite a quandary. He and his minions publish quality content worthy of linking and promoting, but I have to debate every time whether or not to link as I want to do nothing to support, endorse, or connect with this person.
You may never have this situation, but you might.
Let’s take this down a few notches. Just like you wouldn’t invest in companies dealing with oil, tobacco, guns, or other things you object to on ethical or moral grounds, there may be bloggers or blogs dealing with those subjects, or those who blog with a bias slant to whom you won’t link.
What are your guidelines, rules, and lines you will cross to blog or not blog?
Consider to what you will or will not link? Personally, I won’t link intentionally to porn sites or blogs, gambling, cigarette and tobacco, violent, and fear monger sites. I’m sure there are other categories of content I will not endorse, but those are my core nots.
I also make it a standard to not link to sites with plagiarized content or those abusing trademarks such as spelling WordPress with a lowercase “P.” The latter is a tough one as there are some great articles out there on WordPress written with the lowercase P. I believe it is a sign of disrespect as well as a failure to pay attention to details, which matter greatly in web design and development, so I always have an inner date over whether or not to link.
We all have our link limits. What are yours?
Your blog exercise today is to consider this and test your integrity. There may not be someone on your hate list or black list, but if there was, what would be your personal policies on how to handle that?
Nothing like an ounce of prevention to help you prepare for the inevitable.
If you get requests for links and link exchanges that you accept or consider, defining the types of sites you will or will not link to is critical. Consider them and add the generalized list to your blog policies.
Consider adding your black list subject matter to your policies anyway. It helps reinforce your reputation for quality, and your personal integrity, to be clear about the links you will or will not publish.
Remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback if you choose to write about this topic or directly blog this exercise, or leave a properly formed link to your post in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task.