Blogging like any communication is something that can be done well or badly. I have some values that drive my blog that I seek to uphold as best I can.
I blog because I want to be part of a conversation
I am not trying to write the last word on a subject – just how I see things from my personal perspective. I do not blog on behalf of the organisations I work with: Evangelical Alliance, Spring Harvest et al. I will write comment and ask questions – this is not intended to be negative but inquisitive. When ever I can I try to contact the people I am engaging with in private dialogue before posting – ( for live blogs this is not possible).
I blog because I care about Truth, Unity and Grace
I want to be accurate in what I blog. If you think I have unfairly caricatured someone, or misrepresented what they have said or done. I am very open to your comments and will review and edit as appropriate what i have written. I am not asking you to agree with what i have written but I do want to be fair. I believe in unity but not uniformity. I think the word of God is the authoritative and neither i nor anyone else is infallible. So we need eachother to spot eachother’s blindspots.
In 2008 I was part of a small group of bloggers who tried to formulate the blogging commandments. It was kind of tongue in cheek, but I aim to abide by them. Forgive me when I have failed to do so.
The commandments are intended to cause bloggers to consider the social impact of their blogging.
1. You shall not put your blog before your integrity.
2. You shall not make an idol of your blog.
3. You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin.
4. Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog.
5. Honour your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes.
6. You shall not murder someone else’s honour, reputation or feelings.
7. You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind.
8. You shall not steal another person’s content.
9. You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger.
10. You shall not covet your neighbour’s blog ranking. Be content with your own content.