Category Archives: Blogging

Bidding for a cause

I created my first online journal in 2009 and learned so much about blogging and earning since then. I also learned some activities where bloggers can promote or transact business through the internet. One of them is bidding online. I haven’t actually joined an actual bidding activity, but I’m amazed at how some companies use their website to help cause-oriented deeds like supporting cancer patients or an environmental advocacy.

If you are a newbie and want to try to bid on a product that you like, begin with small stuff. However, be careful when choosing online auction sites. Better yet, read about scam for your guidance.

Blogger’s Code of Ethics

Some points to consider before hitting the publish button…read on.

Source: PCIJ has created a model Bloggers’ Code of Ethics, by modifying the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics for the Weblog world. These are just guidelines — in the end it is up to individual bloggers to choose their own best practices. follows this code and urges other Weblogs to adopt this one or similar practices:

Be Honest and Fair

Bloggers should be honest and fair in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.

Bloggers should:

• Never plagiarize.

• Identify and link to sources whenever feasible. The public is entitled to as much information as possible on sources’ reliability.

• Make certain that Weblog entries, quotations, headlines, photos and all other content do not misrepresent. They should not oversimplify or highlight incidents out of context.

• Never distort the content of photos without disclosing what has been changed. Image enhancement is only acceptable for for technical clarity. Label montages and photo illustrations.

• Never publish information they know is inaccurate — and if publishing questionable information, make it clear it’s in doubt.

• Distinguish between advocacy, commentary and factual information. Even advocacy writing and commentary should not misrepresent fact or context.

• Distinguish factual information and commentary from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two.

Minimize Harm

Ethical bloggers treat sources and subjects as human beings deserving of respect.

Bloggers should:

• Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by Weblog content. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.

• Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief.

• Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort. Pursuit of information is not a license for arrogance.

• Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy.

• Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity. Be cautious about identifying juvenile suspects, victims of sex crimes and criminal suspects before the formal filing of charges.

Be Accountable

Bloggers should:

• Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.

• Explain each Weblog’s mission and invite dialogue with the public over its content and the bloggers’ conduct.

• Disclose conflicts of interest, affiliations, activities and personal agendas.

• Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence content. When exceptions are made, disclose them fully to readers.

• Be wary of sources offering information for favors. When accepting such information, disclose the favors.

• Expose unethical practices of other bloggers.

• Abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.

Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011 Writing Project

The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011 Writing Project created by Ms. Janette Toral is looking out for new and emerging blogs who are making an impact to its readers this year.

I’m choosing the following blogs for this year’s contest.

My Painted Lips – is not only a beauty blog, but advocates the importance of “me-time” among busy mommies and how to stay pretty even at home.

Mom Writes – otherwise known as “Count My Blessings” blog which focuses on the positive things in life.

The Pepperrific Life – a single mom’s take on parenting with a twist.

LEVYousa – the author’s take on the lighter and sometimes serious side of life.

My Green Living Ideas – a blog that advocates eco-living.

The Tottering Mama – sharing the values and ideas about homeschooling.

The Bloggers Journal – a blog tutorial made easy for beginners.

Certified Foodies – a food story and adventures of siblings and blog tandem Mhel and Ken.

Notepad Corner – a mom’s take on writing creatively and earning online.

Mommy Survival Guide – a mommy survival guide borne out of raising twins.


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For those who wish to join the contest may visit Ms. Toral’s site for more information.