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12th November 2013, Singapore – It has been six years since this blog started. And blogging had since became a big trend in Singapore through the nature of the topics covered. Although not officially recognized as an information source, blogs are usually the alternate voices from real people who shares their views based on their personal experience. Brand owners noticed this and started engaging bloggers to write reviews to provide alternate views apart from mainstream media and it seems to work really well here. Whiles blogs are fast gaining attention from brand owners as well the general public, and the partnership between the 2 seems to have went well until – frictions surfaces when “some” bloggers crossed the line.
Personally, I have heard many horror stories of how certain brand owners exploited the bloggers, making unreasonable demands like vetting what was written followed by heavy editing (changes after changes) before allowing the author to publish, making bloggers show up at places at unearthly hours so that the writers will not “obstruct” or “affect” their business during normal operating hours, asking to use the blogger’s photo for their publicity use without paying a cent etc.
On the other end, I have also heard of unethical bloggers all out for freebies that totally ruins the reputation of the blogging community. Vividly, I once overheard a conversation between 2 so-call bloggers at a press launch event. The conversation was revolving about what they had “juiced” from their sponsors and advertisers. The statement that hit me was; “Bloggers never have to pay for anything ever if you can get away with it”. I was totally disgusted. I had totally forgotten about the above incident until I saw a troll on http://www.sgag.com about another blogger who had crossed the line. I would like to share the below Ten Rules of Blogging for all as a professional reference. These are my personal working values which I abide closely so that I will not hit the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Here’s some basic (unwritten) rules:
1. Respect Brand Owners. They want you to write they also can get others to write.
Just when you think you are indispensable, you can be replaced easily.
2. Never ask for Freebies unless it is given out of freewill.
Only cheapskates ask for freebies.
3. You must write after you have tested, tasted, tried else you are as good as cheating.
4. Stay humble, proud writers are usually marked, who else dares to invite you again.
5. Writing facts not fantasies, you lost your credibility, you can forget about dabbling in blogging ever again.
6. Huge following does not means you are a superstar, it means you are writing well and living up to expectations. This needs to be maintain.
7. Whether you are a Star Blogger or a low profile Blogger, you are just a blogger. Some got lucky, some got discovered and some are forgotten. Remember fame usually last for 15mins.
8. Behave yourself at events, launch, closed door functions, briefings. You are there because you are required to write, not because you are a superstar.
9. Be professional at all times. Blogging is a passion that requires great professionalism. No brand will trust a unprofessional writer.
10. Keep writing good stuff, strike a balance of what you want to write and what others wants to read.
I lived by the above 10 Rules while managing my 3 blogs all these 6 years and i had never got myself into the bad books of brand owners. Only brand owners gets into mine.
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