For most times, bloggers indulge in what we may often like to say ‘opinions’ or pieces that do not engage/require substantial background check. Not that this is a part of job description but because this is not part of any legal bindings as per internet laws.

And this is where as advocates of ethical online behavior at all times we ask people to do a simple ‘Fact Check’.

For genres indulging in any medical advice/recommendation, almost always add a source or a footnote on your findings. It always helps if as a blogger you add credentials of your qualifications as well. To a reader you may all be same but still adding value to presented facts can never go wrong in realm of ethical hemisphere.

Political or religious views may not threaten any imminent or immediate danger but given how fast the world of internet is, any piece of misinformation can today be used to instigate sections of given society. While we understand that as a blogger or a content creators, your intent is only to engage readers- unfortunately you have no control on what your content further translates beyond a specific set of readership engaged.

Food blogging is coming out to be a rather upcoming and easy platform to budding chefs, ‘foodies’ and also people who generally prefer taking their culinary skills rather seriously. It is one thing to suggest your grandmother’s recipe to your cousin who is aware what basic ingredients can be all about and another thing to put up a blog of same. Standard warnings on allergies say nuts or gluten must be stated clearly. Also at times certain ingredients cause harm to body maybe say to pregnant ladies or infants- always run a simple fact check on your recipe for these.

Reviews. While jury is still out if reviews have to be under law or a specific code of conduct but we at Blogchatter feel that keeping your sponsor stakeholder or say the brand you are reviewing also an important entity is critical. Say reviewing a chick lit novella as a master piece from Rushdie is crime un-parallel. You are not selling the product to the right reader and in due course also failing to attract sales to the product. A simple fact check on how to word your review and specific categories that need to be assigned comes super handy.

Barring fiction we feel that all other categories in blogging need strict adherence to fact checks. They not only make your blog and your post a lot more useful to somebody but also add that much needed element of responsibility in presenting information to a potential reader.

As we said for our engagement post, we reiterate for this as well. Do tell us in comments what other fact checks you might like to add as a blogger or reader while discussing ‘Blogging Ethics’. We will extend this post and also give you due credit in the assigned lines.

Around the challenge we have built up a rather interesting festival as well called the Blogchatter Writing Festival– celebrating the blogger to author journey.

Did we say author?

Oh wait. Have you not seen last year’s post challenge Blogchatter Ebook carnival? Championed by Chitra Divakaruni we received twenty six ebooks during the month of May all self-published by our community members.

This time we have eight popular authors who are coming along as part of our mentor program for festival, taking up special twitter chats and facebook live sessions to further your publishing dream. Read more here: Blogchatter Writing Festival

As part of Festival we will once again be opening our portals for your self-published ebooks (in case you choose to convert your April blogging challenge into one). You can ping us here or anywhere you find us for queries, etc.

This month we will also be taking up the #AtoZChallenge with you. Celebrating better blogging across platforms through our theme:

Blogging Ethics

Add your post below in the linky and take a deep dive into the sea of blogs that gets connected with us ! You can also add your link to our Blogchatter Reading List– Discover more blogs and get discovered !