Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Signing the pledge

It seems to fit, mainly

By displaying the Blog with Integrity badge or signing the pledge, I assert that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is important to me.
I treat others respectfully, attacking ideas and not people. I also welcome respectful disagreement with my own ideas.
I believe in intellectual property rights, providing links, citing sources, and crediting inspiration where appropriate.
I disclose my material relationships, policies and business practices. My readers will know the difference between editorial, advertorial, and advertising, should I choose to have it. If I do sponsored or paid posts, they are clearly marked.
When collaborating with marketers and PR professionals, I handle myself professionally and abide by basic journalistic standards.
I always present my honest opinions to the best of my ability.
I own my words. Even if I occasionally have to eat them.

I think that all the above terms have been consistently fulfilled implicitly by Conductive World, so the pledge has been signed and the badge displayed to make these explicit.

Terminological caveat

Just one little problem. I can hardly 'handle myself professionally' since, whatever 'handle myself'' means (a most unfortunate choice of phrase, certainly for speakers of British English), I do not get paid a penny for it. I am not therefore a professional, paid for my services, but very much an amateur – I do it out love.

There is a tendency, especially amongst those who advocate the virtues of 'professionalism', that use of this word implies necessarily superior skill or even greater moral worth. I could hardly subscribe to such a harmful myth!

Instead, I take it that this part of the pledge's wording has been written in all innocence, with the offending clause meaning simply 'I act openly and honestly' (hardly a characteristic mode of behaviour for many of the paid professionals that life has brought my way)..

It is in this understanding that I have subscribed. I will of course withdraw from this scheme if I my assumption proves wrong.


– (2009–) Blog with Integrity

1 comment:

  1. On behalf of Blog with Integrity, Susan Getgood writes

    Not at all. The pledge is really one you make to yourself, and the badge simply a way to show your commitment. Thanks for signing.

    Apologies for the ”handle myself” – you are the first to mention this to us J

    As to professional – in the context it is used in the pledge, it simply means that regardless of whether I’m paid or not, when I am engaged in business relationships online, I behave according to the standards of business.


    Fair enough. I shall go along with it on this basis. Other other CE-blogers might consider doing the same.