There has been much blog chatter about honesty in recent weeks. It has me pondering some questions and I would love to have you join in my conversation.
1. Do you tell the truth in your blog posts?
I want to be honest and try to be honest, but I had to laugh recently when I called my sister to say I had posted about her famous cucumber salad. It wasn't until she said she did not even make a cucumber salad, that I remembered her salad was broccoli and over the years I had changed it to cucumber.
In a recent post about my dad's open heart surgery, I said he was 82. Please do not tell him that I added a year to his age.
And, I have discovered that everyone does not remember an event in the exact same way. Even in some beloved family stories, my brother and sisters and I do not agree on every detail.
So, my answer is, to the best of my 58 year old brain's ability, I tell the truth.
2. Do you present yourself and your life in a realistic picture?
Well, I like my life and I like myself, so I usually do not mind sharing the honest details of my life, when appropriate. And I have a basic positive outlook on life, which my blog voice reflects. I think if you met me in the real world, you would find me very similar to meeting me in the blog world.
Last October, I wrote a post called The Other Side of the Coin where I shared a list of my weaknesses, quirks and things I struggle with. It was well received. I do not think any of my readers were surprised that I was not perfect. (I double-dog-dare you to do the same.)
But, I will not post any pictures that make me look chubbier than I am and favor pictures that make me look thinner than I really am . . . hmmm?
3. Do you follow proper protocol when using material that is not original to you?
I have long been committed to "giving honor to whom honor is due", and have tried to do this in my blog. Several times I have seen a post that I wanted to use. Each time I contacted the blog writer and they have generously given me permission to use their stuff. (Sweet, huh?)
For example, the lovely Jill at A Pocket Full of Posies let me share her hearts in my post Hh is for heart. And the lovely Leslie at A Creative Mint, let me share her use of Trader Joe's bags which inspired my post And the Oscar for the Best Christmas Wrap goes to . . . DAVE. So, my advice is to write and ask permission to use things you love. Bloggers are generous people.
And when you use an image, give the website for the source. Only once, did I lose my record on that, and the little blue tea cup was so adorable, I still used it.
There is a lovely new initiative called Link with Love, a creative way for bloggers to unite in our desire to be honest and support the proper ways of sharing intellectual property.
Link with Love was begun by artist and blogger, Kal Barteski, who blogs at love life. Even in the crazy busyness of launching her new idea, she took the time to write me back with permission to use the above image. See, bloggers are great.
Check out Kal's post to join in and learn all the ways you can help protect all of our material. Good work, Kal. Best wishes in the new endeavor. I know I am all in, and will be adding the cute button to my blog.
(It comes in different colors to match your blog style.)
I would love to hear your response to Honest to Blog. Any thoughts or stories to share?
Image credit: http://www.toptenz.net/