A makeover

by singlemomseeking on August 12, 2009

First things first: it does look a little, well, pinker here — doesn’t it? Yes, I’ve had a big makeover, thanks to Ben O’Grady, who’s a WordPress and tech wonder.

For the past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to improve my blog for you. I’ve wanted to give you more to read on the homepage — and make it easier for you to get around. I hope you like it!

I‘ve also been thinking a lot about the ethics of blogging. Although I didn’t fly out to BlogHer ’09 in Chicago, I’ve been following this issue behind the scenes, specifically when it comes to earning money or getting free products through blogging.

You might have heard about the four bloggers who launched Blog With Integrity, “an initiative designed to stimulate conversation to reframe the debate about pay per post, reviews and FTC regulation in a more positive way, focusing on responsibility, respect and disclosure.”

When I first heard about this, I thought:

Is this a just a PR move?

Are these bloggers just trying to get some press for their new site?

I’ve been reading the interviews — and as a journalist-turned-blogger I didn’t appreciate being referred to as “naive” about the advertising/publishing world, as one of these bloggers said more than once. Ever since I got my first full-time reporting job in the early 90s, I’ve aimed to be genuine and honest.

That authenticity has not changed. If I’m giving away something, I’ve been honest about it. If I’ve received something as part a giveaway — whether it’s a book or a fancy condom case — I’ve said so. If a company has sponsored a post, I’ve made that very clear.

That said, I do think that “blogging with integrity” is a great idea for bloggers to get on the same page when it comes to earning money. What do you think?

I’ve taken “the pledge” (sounds like a sorority, doesn’t it?) Dr. Leah from Singlemommyhood has signed on, too — along with more than 1,000 bloggers so far.

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If you’re a blogger, I’d love to know your thoughts on this.

Of course, if you’re a reader, please sound off!

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