What Will You Not Blog About?

Filed as Editorial, Features on March 28, 2008 10:03 am

I have lines in my blogging sandbox I’ve drawn that I will not cross when it comes to choosing my blog’s content. I won’t blog about rumors. I won’t cover scandals. I won’t promote “scams” that use WordPress to rip off naïve people. I won’t write conspiracies or promote them. While I might swear in person, I try to keep my blog posts free of four letter (and longer) words many find offensive in the English language.

When it comes to specific content, I won’t cover subjects not related to blogging or WordPress on , though I’ve brought in off topic issues that I then made on topic by twisting it around to the subject of blogging. But when it comes to sports, hobbies, current events, movies, television, music, or anything that interests me but is not related to blogging, I won’t write about it.

What about you?

Do you have a line you will not cross in your blogging sandbox, subjects you will not cover? Or are you open to covering anything and everything? What’s your line in the blogging sandbox? What will you not blog about?

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  1. By Jeremy Steele posted on March 28, 2008 at 10:43 am
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    I tend to cover pretty much everything – but the more iffy subjects like conspiracies I am either incredibly sarcastic about or I just cover them briefly.

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  2. By Lorelle VanFossen posted on March 28, 2008 at 1:10 pm
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    @Jeremy Steele:

    So you are a no-holds-barred blogger. No limits to what you will blog about? Sex? Murder? Mayhem?

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  3. By AJ posted on March 28, 2008 at 1:18 pm
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    I mostly cover tech, gaming, blogging, and random things on my blog. I always try keep the content under PG-13 though.

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  4. By Paul posted on March 28, 2008 at 2:13 pm
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    I cover a tiny niche market (opera, and occasionally classical music). I will generally avoid writing negative reviews about performances or recordings. I’ve only made one exception to this rule over the years. I figure there’s no point in discussing how bad something is, especially when there’s so much good stuff out there. I’d rather save my writing effort for worthwhile projects and simply ignore the crappy ones.

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  5. By Chris Garrett posted on March 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm
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    I would rather be a positive than destructive influence, like a “do no harm” thing.

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  6. By Barbara Ling (aka Owlbert) posted on March 28, 2008 at 2:51 pm
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    I will not blog about anything that is meant to bring another person down. I’m a big believer in treating others the way I’d like to be treated myself.

    Enjoy,

    Barbara

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  7. By Shortshire posted on March 28, 2008 at 3:23 pm
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    I try to avoid anything that involves my job. Anything that can affect my coworkers’ attitudes towards me are off limits.

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  8. By Lorelle VanFossen posted on March 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm
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    @Chris Garrett:

    I’m with you on the “do no harm” thing. Totally. Nothing like the Prime Directive for a good moral code. :D

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  9. By Richard H posted on March 28, 2008 at 4:04 pm
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    Strictly WordPress with sprinkles of blogging topics. And like Barbara, no demoralizing, defamatory, derogatory, or other de..ory posts.

    And no foul language. It’s just not necessary to get a point across, in my opinion.

    A wise man once told me, “a foul mouth is a sign of a feeble mind trying to express itself forcefully.”

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  10. By Big Fella posted on March 28, 2008 at 4:07 pm
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    My blog’s tagline reads: “The Big Fella’s Department Of Somewhat Questionable Musings” and the Catgories I list in my sidebar are: Celebritydom, Criminal Minds, Ethics & Human Values, Eye Catchers, Humanity’s Best, Humanity’s Worst, Humor, Media, Modern Life, Newsworthy, and Politics.

    I try to stay within the confines of those categories, which are actually a rather broad list.

    I do not do gossip, I don’t like to use gratuitous profanity in my postings, I am not a shill for anyone. Just a guy sharing my observations on what piques my interest at any given time and creating commentary reflecting my values, and exercising my activist urges.

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  11. By Rhys posted on March 29, 2008 at 3:15 am
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    I try to avoid work. I occassionally do talk about it if a story starts in work but doesn’t revolve around it. They know my blog and are cool with it.

    I don’t talk about anything I’m not qualified to talk about – but generally everything is fair game.

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  12. By Graeme Hunter posted on March 29, 2008 at 4:16 am
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    I tend towards the maxim of “If it will cause me or others trouble, don’t write it”. I don’t mind a good argument over opinion on a topic, but I see that as different to actually causing trouble. I have both a personal blog in my own name, and write on a work blog, with links between, so I have to be on my best behaviour.

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  13. By Ben posted on March 30, 2008 at 6:09 pm
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    Would you even blog about worms?? lol

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  14. By Jon Griffith posted on July 16, 2008 at 3:27 pm
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    Facts and evidence. I leave religion and politics out, always. If there’s no evidence to support what I write, then I probably won’t write it. Speculation and gossip can cause serious problems.

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