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Listerate » Blog Archive » The Ten Cardinal Virtues of Blogging

I am sick of reading list after list of the N deadly sins of blogging. So here’s a list of the 10 Cardinal Virtues of Blogging. All other virtues derive from these:

  1. Use a simple, readable, uncluttered design or theme
  2. Focus on the readers
  3. Be honest - never steal content. Always reproduce content with attribution
  4. Provide easily accessed content in the form of feeds
  5. Organize your posts - use tags, categories, list of best posts, or whatever else suits your style
  6. Provide a easy to use search function
  7. Follow web standards, create pages that validate as much as possible
  8. Write in simple language sans errors
  9. Use link anchors that make sense - don’t ever use “link” as the text for a link anchor
  10. Put generating value above generating revenue - and then you won’t splash ads all over nonsensical content

In keeping with virtue #2, reader’s comments on these are welcome. Unlike the ten commandments these are subject to change. If Blogging were a religion, it sure would be a democratic religion!

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