I threw out a question on Facebook this week that brought some very interesting responses. I asked, “ Do your values come into play as a blogger? As an entrepreneur, biz owner or author?”
What I really wanted to know was whether their values have ever played into a decision, either on what to post about on their blog, what partnerships to form or which clients to take on.
My friend, social media star and transplanted Scot Danny Brown said:
If I can’t look at my family and say, ‘Yep, that was the right thing to do/say,’ then I won’t work with (or interact with) that type of conflict.
From Kim Phillips, an accomplished writer friend in Tennessee:
I have to have the fire in the gut to write about something, whether it’s one of my personal blogs, or something for a client. Wouldn’t work for a corporation that actively seeks to ghettoize its employees, a meat company, or someone who goes against my personal ethics, politics or religious views.
And Zita Gustin, friend and businesswoman extraordinaire right here in Seattle:
Yes. My values come into play in everything that I do, whether it is building a website, creating a marketing plan, or coaching a business owner. If the client is involved in something that I cannot support ethically or morally—no matter how much money or prestige is involved—I am not interested in going against my gut, my heart, my spirit.
My husband and business partner Bob has already given this some thought. And he already beat me to it because he has posted his very own Blogger’s Creed (“Things I Believe”) on the bobwp.com site.
So why bother sharing our values?
Borrowing from a post Bob wrote for the Blogworld blog, the advantages of sharing your core beliefs on your blog are many. Sharing the principles we live by can help build trust with our readers. It creates a more inclusive community because, by sharing our personal side, we show that we want to make our blog a welcoming place.
By going beyond a commenting policy, a blogger’s creed, especially if it includes something about respect and the importance of community, provides guidelines for the kind of behavior you want to see on your blog. It can even help you find new clients, customers and partnerships of the specific variety you are looking for.
My Blogger’s Creed
I’ll be posting this in the navigation bar of my blog, but I’m sharing it here first. It was fairly easy to create (the only challenge being limiting it to just eight).
So, here they are:
1. Most people want to do the right thing.
I believe that people are inherently good. And if I expect good things from them, I usually get them.
2. Diversity should be celebrated.
While we try to find common ground, it is our differences that make us uniquely us.
3. Story is how we make sense of our world.
I truly believe that stories, whether they are the ones we read, write or tell, are the connecting thread. They tie us together in our humanness and teach us important things about ourselves.
4. Children are this planet’s most precious resource.
We need to love them, respect them and teach them—then step out of the way. They will take this world where it needs to go.
5. Everyone deserves a voice and a place at the table.
Listening to everyone helps me evaluate my own ideas, and even change my mind from time to time. Blogging comes close to this because we don’t need a publisher or agent to get our ideas out into the world.
6. There is always something I can learn from someone else.
I believe in lifelong learning and am ready to absorb new stuff from anyone.
7. Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
A sense of humor, and ample doses of laughter, can connect us with other people and make us see that we are really the same inside.
8. A society can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable.
The way we treat babies, children, animals, the elderly—the beings that can least fend for themselves— tells the world much of what they need to know about us a society.
What about you?
Do your values come into play in your blogging and your work?
Do you feel closer to people who share theirs with you?
Do you have a blogger’s creed?