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15 October 2008 @ 07:34 pm
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So I'm currently rushing with articles for the newspaper. And well, a suggestion for a feature was an article about responsible blogging. Of course, since no one was volunteering, the netfreak in me wanted to do it. So... I sort of wrote the entire article just now, with very minimal editing. A part of me wanted to do it for panama purposes because someone's wreaking havoc with bitchy blog entries again. Guess who, lol.

And here's where you come in. Point out my mistakes, be it grammar, concept, whatever. Just be constructive about it. I just want to know if this material is worth publishing so my moderator wouldn't have to bother going through the mistakes.

Just so you know, I am a hypocrite. XD

EDIT: Added another guideline.


Blogging for Dummies: A Guide to Responsible Blogging
By: Taciana Marie F. Antonio
IV-Our Lady of Guadalupe

    With the rise of famed blogging sites like Blogger, Xanga, Multiply and LiveJournal, the number of teenagers seeking refuge through writing online journals has increased dramatically.

    Wait, what in the holy frizz, you say, just what the heck is a blog? Technically, the term started from the word "weblog", and is now loosely referred to as an online diary. It's like Anne Frank, only digitalized.

    Well, now that we're in the internet generation, everything is powered by cyberspace, whether you'd like to admit it or not. That science research is probably a Wikipedia brainchild, and that printed photo? Friendster-slash-Multiply-slash-Photobucket-slash-Google rip-off. Bottom line is, a great majority of us have most probably surfed the internet at some point of our lives.

    With this point said, it is probably safe to say that a good number have already passed by blogs, either by chance or intentionally. A good number still have already written their own. It is just a matter of being either the reader or the writer. Or even both.

    Blog wars, flame threads, hate communities. These are just some of the things that are happening today in cyberspace. If the 1940's have seen the devastation of World War II--these are its modern counterparts. Less destructive physically, but more damaging emotionally. With the power of the internet, a single word of slander can turn into a cross-country battle of profanity in seconds.

    So how to prevent these things from happening? Here are a few guidelines:

    Never write what you would not say to a person's face. This rule goes unsaid, and personally, this should be everyone's golden rule in their little internet handbook. It is, of course, basic etiquette to never write anything disparaging about someone--even if you mean it. If you think you can't say it to someone in their face, don't write it. This is called backstabbing, and you wouldn't want to be branded as such, right?

    Your so-called "private" journal isn't private at all. Another misconception people have, is when they start locking their entries and claim their journals to be "friends/contacts only". It should be noted that anything a person posts on the internet is already considered "public", and that the moment you upload that beloved photo, you are already giving it away to the world, all at your own discretion. So be extra careful about publishing personal information. Think twice before writing that detailed post about sharing that passionate kiss with your boyfriend at the movies. Chances are, someone could be laughing behind the monitor for the cheese.

    Don’t steal someone else’s identity. While it is fun and all to do roleplay, don’t overdo it. This includes, but is not limited to: ripping off another’s writing style, claiming someone’s piece of handiwork as your own (such as customized wallpapers, banners, icons, photographs, and the like), and even pretending to be a certain person. The first two fall under the heavy offense of plagiarism and could get you into serious trouble; the third is identity theft—which could only mean that you’re leading a very sad life to actually attempt using someone else’s identity to be recognized. Build your own name. There is nothing more satisfying than having people know you by who you really are rather than who you pretend to be.

    Have fun. Lastly, enjoy blogging! Write about things you love the most, things you could be doing right now, about that bad day at school, or about that special someone you've always been stealing glances at. Don't limit yourself to stiff paragraphs. Go wild (and I mean this in a good way). Instead of writing potential friendship ruiners, why not join some meme bandwagons and make new friends? This way, no one's stepping on anyone's toes, and everyone gets a slice of sheer, good fun.

    To quote a certain Disney motto, "Express yourself." There's nothing wrong with letting out a few emotions and the occasional rant here and there--as long as they fall in the right place. Make it a hobby and who knows, a decade from now, you could be smiling at pages and pages of good, old memories.
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kaishinyah: buta oniisan massukaishinyah on October 15th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
this is one of the reasons why ilu massu~
i don't really see any grammer errors here.
your writing is great and lovely as usual.
it's fine as it is. i even bet it would be put in our newspaper if you were a staffer at our school. X3
kaishinyah: hilarious tegoshikaishinyah on October 15th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
ILU♥ your new header btw. :]
you never do fail to amaze me massu~
Tashy: bad girltashycute on October 15th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you, Tesshi. But I think you're just being biased, lol.

Thank you, ne. ♥♥♥
It's so plain, though, rofl.
kaishinyah: tegoshi is the synonym of pornkaishinyah on October 16th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
rofl. hm, maybe i am just biased. but i swear, all your works are lovely♥

nah, the phrase 'simple but elegant' describes it all. :]
한 태욱hotarumyst on October 16th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
Wow, this is nice. So true. I love it.
It's like Anne Frank, only digitalized.
Awesome line. ♥

I love this line:
Never write what you would not say to a person's face.
Except I do it all the time, so. -shot-
Tashytashycute on October 16th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
I know, but hey, I already said I'm a hypocrite so I'm forgiven, lol.

Ironic, because, I never do any of things I wrote. *shot too*