Define Inappropriate Communication for Your Blog
Maryleigh:Defining what “appropriate” is would be contingent on your tribe.
Mika: Yes, definitely. As we’re both posting parenting-related blogs, swearing is out.
Maryleigh: True! And how you communicate within your blog spills over into the comment area.
Mika: So if you don’t want long comments, write short posts? LOL
Maryleigh:I love any size comments!
Mika: Me too. I’m writing an epistle or I’m not writing.
Maryleigh:I’m trying to train myself to writer shorter posts with my “Not So … Simply Saturday.” It’s a challenge, though!
Mika: What else might be inappropriate on our blogs?
Maryleigh:We’re not talking bout just expletives. We’re also talking about name-calling and attitude that is designed to demoralize. If you do not allow it in your home; do not allow it in your comment area!
Maryleigh: A hosts job is to maintain a comfortable environment – even if the content is politics, sex and religion (topics taboo at a social event outside the blogahood).
Mika: I would add that maybe personal remarks about any photos that are up should be out, too. Unless they are positive.
Maryleigh: Even in disagreeing, comments should always be couched in civility.
Mika:Even very basic things like parenting styles can get people riled! So then how do we deal with it if someone does swear or belittle someone else’s point of view? And how do you decide at what point it stops being an interesting discussion and becomes an argument?
Maryleigh: Note: we are not talking about language used in a blog, but language used in a comment area. Individual blogger’s definition of appropriate language varies. Each “tribe” brings a different set of values to the table – and you have to respect that. However, how language is used in the comment area needs to respect that person’s system.
Mika: Just like the host might decide whether people ought to remove their shoes on entering the house (this is very common oer here!), in the blogahood the host decides when a discussion is no longer just a discussion.