Blog with Integrity is a website created in 2009 whose mission is to inspire “a tangible and collective way to express our commitment to a simple code of blogging conduct.”
As the site explains, it was birthed out of a series of blogging debates in which the participants observed “an alarming increase in ethical lapses and idea theft, and a growing backlash against poor blogger relations practices”.
I haven’t seen any statistics to compare Christian blogging practices to non-Christian blogging practices, but my observation is that Christians are in need of a Code of Ethics of Blogging as much as non-Christians if not more (considering the potentially volatile nature of our subject matter).
N.T. Wright writes: “It really is high time we developed a Christian ethic of blogging”(Justification, p26), but in theory we have one. Paul writes, “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20) and “your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). But too often, rather than hiding our life in Christ, we are hiding our life behind computer screens with the net result of not hiding our flesh at all.
For that reason I have decided to take the blogging pledge. Though it is not a Christian pledge specifically, the principles are adequate. Here is the Blog with Integrity pledge:
By displaying the Blog with Integrity badge or signing the pledge, I assert that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is important to me.
I treat others respectfully, attacking ideas and not people. I also welcome respectful disagreement with my own ideas.
I believe in intellectual property rights, providing links, citing sources, and crediting inspiration where appropriate.
I disclose my material relationships, policies and business practices. My readers will know the difference between editorial, advertorial, and advertising, should I choose to have it. If I do sponsored or paid posts, they are clearly marked.
When collaborating with marketers and PR professionals, I handle myself professionally and abide by basic journalistic standards.
I always present my honest opinions to the best of my ability.
I own my words. Even if I occasionally have to eat them.