The Ten Commandments of Blogging

1. Thou shalt not waste readers’ time. Offer up thy readers a worthy sacrifice that they might take and leave satisfied.

2. Thou shalt honor thy muse. Be prepared in season, out of season to seize inspiration when she comes that ye might write, dance, photograph, paint thy bliss. Be not caught without thy scroll, ink, pen, iGadget, camera. Thou shalt not redeem the moment the locust has eaten.

3. Thou shalt preview thy draft and spell-check before publishing that the Angel of Vengeance shall not fly over thy blog in the night.10commandmts2

4. Always speak ye the truth.

5. Thou shalt not take up the like button in vain, foremost on this blog. It is holystic ground. Thou shalt in integrity read the posts before clicking anything lest thou incite my wrath. Know ye that I see thou couldst not have read four brain-intensive posts in one minute. I be no fool. I do not need dross. Go ye find something better to do, ye bored soul.

6. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s likes, nor his comments, nor her following, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.

7. Thou shalt honor thy active supporters as ye best is able. It will go well with thee and thou shalt live long in blogosphere.

8. Go ye forth and support five new bloggers this day. Show unto them kindness. Thy blog shall also be fruitful and multiply.

9. Thou shalt count the cost of brain wear-and-tear and the bloody battle against time. Be ye a good soldier of blogosphere. To blog is to accept a high calling.

10. Thou shalt refrain from grumbling when Holistic Wayfarer tarries in her visit. She is likely beset in the wayfaring, climbing cybermountains, crossing desert valleys, caught in a maelstrom of words. Forget not that she also teaches her boy how to write that he might grow up to be a mighty holistic blogger.

547 thoughts on “The Ten Commandments of Blogging

  1. …and thou shall enjoy spreading soul wisdom to connect with people who can reflect and grow in their own time to connect us all.

  2. I love this, especially the sixth commandment on not “coveting.”

    I hope to send this post to a new Blogging friend in Croatia.

    Michael J, wandering near Philadelphia

  3. I like the comment about wasting other people’s minds. I also believe that we should help the dying people everywhere. If Trump does right by our inner-city, I will be extremely happy. To wit, helping them first. The true needy and we owe it to them. Not necessarily money, but hope. Money folows hope. Oh by the way, My Jewish friend had family lost. Evil people suck. lol

  4. You write beautifully and this is wonderful advice, especially #6. I always feel that if you visit someone’s blog (or Facebook page, or back in the day — Live Journal page) it’s like going to his/her home. Whether you agree or disagree, their words, on their page, should be respected. Thanks for an awesome read!

  5. You. Are. Hilarious! I am so Following you : ) gabrielle PS: I’m 50 now, and remember getting lost in motherhood… I’m nearly out the other side, now my baby is 17… Except we’re never the same again are we? ❤

  6. I followed the fifth commandment diligently and only then liked this post 🙂 As for the second one, I wrote a story a day on my phone even on a 14-day Norwegian Fjords cruise, since the muse was exceptionally strong there (as were the moose actually), and I was afraid that if I start being lazy, I will stop blogging.

  7. Reblogged this on Invisible-No-More and commented:
    I just found this wonderful blog by Wayfarer, that it appears, everyone else already knows about! I really love this post! And, I hope to follow these “commandments” as I think they make for a better blogger

  8. I like and agree with commandment #8.

    If I help other people, they would do the same for me in return.

    Even if they do not subscribe, like, or comment on any of my blog posts, they may read them out of respect and recommend my blog to their followers, friends, relatives, etc.

  9. Funny. I’m actually tiring of blogging for some of those very reasons, D, among others (a general malaise that the world is actually too far gone for me to have any bearing on it and all that happy crap). Blog on. ;0)

      • Oh, yes, D, I haven’t stopped writing. I’m actually ghostwriting a book right now for the Deacon of my church geared toward getting homeless people off the streets and into permanent housing. The blogging malaise is more that it has become another chore on my unending list of chores and I’m desperate to free my time so my soul can explore what else is out there. Feeling the need for some big travel so I can reset my heart and find my deeper voice. The only way to do that is to experience new things, people and places, at least for me. ♥️😘

      • I was aware you throw open the window elsewhere, but that is wonderful you are working on such a meaningful project, Pam. And I totally get how you feel about the blogging though for me it’s a losing fight to be able to write at all that I’m trying to climb back in this door. I don’t think you should linger here for whatever reason you may have been — perhaps a sense of obligation — while your heart pulls you away. Life’s too short to be tying yourself to a WordPress screen unless it’s feeding your soul. I hope I don’t see you for another long while. =)

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