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.
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”
Hahahahahaha I am laughing at the 5th commandment! Too many bloggers should take note:-)
Thou kiddest not!
I loveth the King James language too:-)
Yes, one comment worth 50 likes.
…and thou shall enjoy spreading soul wisdom to connect with people who can reflect and grow in their own time to connect us all.
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
Hi Michael, thanks for connecting. Yes, the grass isn’t always that green on the other side. A big blog is a lot of work! =)
OK, here is the post about Blogging from my new friend in Croatia:
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
I just reposted this on our Word Guild in the Okanagan, BC Canada. It’s perfect advice for Christian writers! Thanks so much for your passionate high calling!
Thank you, Jane! I hope the guild enjoys it. Appreciate the follow. Welcome!
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!
‘Twas great fun putting this together. I thank thee. ^ ^
Oh wise words from a wise blogger! 🙂 Lots of fun and lots of truth! Yours in the blogosphere! Mel
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? ❤
We. Are. Marked. Forever. =)
You are so welcome on The Holistic Journey. Keep up the cool blogging. 😉
We are indeed- tiger stripes in our flesh. Thanks, blog on ❤
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.
Industry and integrity shall reap thee a great harvest. =)
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
=) Thy enthusiasm and support art appreciated.
You gave some great tips in a creative format-thanks! I always need the reminders 🙂
I LOVE this. Awesome – funny yet true.
Pleased thou enjoyed thyself.
Number six!! Though, I do covet thy likes very much indeed.
Thou art only human. Go blog in peace.
This is great haha #5 Truly no one can read that fast. #3 I’m guilty of breaking but not as much any more 😛
Thy honesty redeems thee. Go blog in peace.
Perfect. Number 5 cracks me up. Here’s to holistic bloggers young and old for it is in the storytelling that we keep the legends alive. Loved your post.
Long liveth our stories.
Reblogged this on Write and Create (from Creative Writing Course).
Thanks. I am pleased thou enjoyedeth.
“’early bird’ (very) sleep-walking through life” craig
* thanks m and “first thing” am is my best time (by far) when I get most things done
Best wishes from the First City to see the light
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.
Whether you pay it back or forward, you will grow. =)
I agree. Thanks.
You better teach! Great post. When you get an opportunity could you please contact me at email@example.com. I really need to speak to you it is of monumental importance. Blessings and Peace.
I am tied up. Regarding?
When you find the time could you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your time and consideration. Blessings and Peace.
I asked what it’s regarding for my time constraints. I get solicitations and requests from people who don’t stop to consider that I may have my own challenges at the moment. You can write me at the address on my sidebar with the understanding that I may not be able to respond.
Sorry for bothering you and if I offended you please forgive me for that was not my intent. But you be and stay blessed.
Loving this creative spin on the Ten Commandments, especially numbers 8, 5, and 2! 🤩
I thank thee, sweet Layla.
Layla, do you subscribe by email (as opposed to the Reader)?
I appear to be following via the reader. Is it better to subscribe via email? 📧
You really are so sweet. No. That is quite odd. This is a repost that somehow did not appear in the Reader, but you caught it. WP Support is looking into it. Thanks for everything, LT. I look fwd to your blogging.
🥰 The feeling is mutual!
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)
Interesting. Well, we are here for ourselves as well, writers especially. The expression itself is oxygen, yes?
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. =)
Amen to not lingering when your heart says, “get your coat!”🧥 😂😘♥️