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

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  2. Thank you for this. How to be a “good” blogger – like being a good person! – as opposed to the millions who post on how to be a more “successful” blogger.

  3. I thank thee for sharing thine wisdom with us, for we are most unworthy of thine words. I particularly enjoyed number five(eth?) (I’m not the greateth at the old English.)

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  5. If I could find 5 decent blogs (original thinking) I would be happy to support and read them. Do you have any suggestions? Because you are holding yourself out as an authority. You might add to this list that preachy material is equivalent to self help “literature.”

  6. Having only recently landed in Blogland, I’ve only just read this. It made me laugh but I could see the truth in all things. Bit worried about not coveting my neighbour’s ass; I haven’t seen it yet so I don’t know if it’s nice enough to covet, so I will have to think more on that one 🙂

    • The ass is yesteryear’s donkey, of course. Indeed, not many donkeys out here in blogosphere (we’re too impatient for such slow transport). LOL. Thx for the follow, JF. Glad you had a laugh. =)


  7. This would have made a good post to share on LinkedIn as well. I sent it along to the social platforms listed that I use at any rate. Made for a good laugh.

  8. You’ve made some really valid point, I’m not sure which is my favourite, but I will hold-my-hand-up to being a bit guilty of breaking one or two, but i’ll try harder to be more conscientious now 😀

  9. Love this post. Big believer in all points but especially #7 and #8. I try to carve out several minutes each day exploring tags and finding new blogs to enjoy and support…and most certainly acknowledge any like or comment with a return visit/reply, etc. If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link those who blog should not only express their voice but encourage others to speak as well.

  10. I very much enjoyed this post and your blog. You write so well and have a lot to say. One of the reasons I love blogging is that it allows us to be both self reflective and creative; of which you are both.
    All the best

  11. Blogging is great fun and a place to share my adventures. I’m happy that people enjoy reading of my travels, but think I would still enjoy writing if no one read them at all.

  12. Bright and witty. Thanks for your support. Love #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 wilt not redeem the moment the locust has eaten.”

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