Desiderata of blogging

with apologies to Max Ehrmann.

Go placidly amid the blogs and the tweets, and remember what peace there may be in going offline.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Write your posts honestly and clearly, and read others, even the dull and the ignorant, they too need to blog. But don’t feed the trolls.

If you compare your stats with others, you may become big headed or depressed, for there will always be those with more page views and visitors or less than you. Enjoy your archives and your drafts, and love your blog, backing it up regularly, even if you are the only reader. It’s your blog after all.

Exercise caution in paid and review postings for these are transient and commercial. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many bloggers strive for high ideals, and everywhere words can change the world.

Be yourself. Especially do not linkbait. Neither be cynical about friendship and love, for even on the internet with all the spammers and trolls, it is as perennial as the grass.

Listen to those who have been kicking around for years, and give up the ways of the newbie. Be strong when there are comment spats and blogwars and stop looking at ranking lists. Many fears are born of too much comparison online.

Beyond a wholesome discipline to post, be gentle with yourself and your blog. You are a child of the internet, no less than google and facebook; your site has a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the internet is linking as it should.

Therefore be at peace with teh internets, whatever you perceive that to be. And whatever your efforts and inspirations, in the noisy confusion of twitter, keep peace in your soul.

With all its spam, drudgery, and broken links, it is still a beautiful worldwideweb.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

About Jax Blunt

I'm the original user, Jax Blunt I've been blogging for ten years, give or take, and if you want to know me, read me :)

Comments

  1. Lovely, lovely post. Thanks.

  2. That’s fab Jax!

  3. So very true & so very beautiful! :)

  4. Love this post Jax, Was a fan of the original version too.

  5. That is the best and cleverest thing I think I ever read on that. Clever you :) :)
    .-= Merry´s last blog ..Ever on and on =-.

  6. I love this. So clever (and true)
    .-= Danae´s last blog ..What have I forgotten today =-.

  7. Yes, yes, yes – all very true. Great post, thanks a lot. Mich x

  8. Brilliant post, so very, very true.

  9. all so true great post xx

  10. So true, lovely post.

    BNMx

  11. Love it – very appropriate :)

  12. OMG AMAZING! I LOVE IT!
    .-= mamacrow´s last blog ..Dot and carry on =-.

  13. Beautifully written and so very true!
    .-= Kia´s last blog ..Butterfly Wall Stickers – We love them! =-.

  14. Love it, very creative, poetic and very true, at least the bits I understand are.

    Can you look at other people’s stats? What is a linkbait?
    .-= Maire´s last blog ..Cornwall County Council- Tackling Ultra Vires Practices =-.

    • @Maire You can’t see into other ppl’s stats packages, but some ppl display parts of their stats on their sites – how many followers, feed subscribers, fans, page views :) And linkbait is a post designed purely to get ppl linking back to it.

      Glad you enjoyed it :)

  15. So glad that so many of you are enjoying it, really pleased I did post it now!

  16. Really great post
    .-= TheMadHouse´s last blog ..Toys R Us Toyologist =-.

  17. That is brilliant. Thanks for doing that – I may have to put it on the wall next to the real Desiderata.
    .-= Ellen Arnison´s last blog ..Glamping – an intents experience =-.

  18. Look at you with your trackbacks ;) (Add a paragraph for those! :p )
    .-= Merry´s last blog ..Food and thoughts =-.

  19. PS – you should make this the index page of codeplacidly – it would just fit beautifully :)
    .-= Merry´s last blog ..Food and thoughts =-.

  20. Such a great post, really clever. And also great advice!

  21. Really, really like this. :-).

  22. Fab post! :) So true and so appropriate for the times! *grimace*

    Very cleverly done :)
    .-= Luschka´s last blog ..Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Breast Pump – A Review =-.

  23. How very clever. I now feel almost peaceful into the bargain. Thank you!
    .-= angelsandurchinsblog´s last blog ..7 Secrets of highly organised mamas =-.

  24. funny and wise! (and now i know what link bait is, i shall have a go at that.)
    .-= grit´s last blog ..Saved by the doll =-.

  25. Wow. This is great. Honestly. (In my mind, obviously honestly because I don’t really do anything other than honesty and I wouldn’t bother to write it otherwise.) These are great words. Very inspired.

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