Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Ten commandments for bloggers

I really was going to do the dishes before I started blogging but then I saw something at Miserable Old Fart's blog and I had to write a post. You understand, don't you? When your brain won't let you be distracted by dirty pans.

I'm so glad he drew my attention to it as I was on holiday at the time.

According to a report in the Times Online, the Evangelical Alliance held a conference on the subject of Godblogs and they've come up with a new 10 commandments, and "... senior evangelical clergy are calling on bloggers to obey the new commandments or risk perdition."

Perdition? Is that when your ISP goes down?

Anyway these are the ten commandments for bloggers:
1 You shall not put your blog before your integrity
2 You shall not make an idol of your blog
3 You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin
4 Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog
5 Honour your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes
6 You shall not murder someone else's honour, reputation or feelings
7 You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind
8 You shall not steal another person's content
9 You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger
10 You shall not covet your neighbour's blog ranking. Be content with your own content

A number of thoughts spring to mind. Firstly, does that mean I have to be a Christian in virtual life too? Well, that's me damned then. Then there's the question: do photos of naked rugby players break any of those commandments? Hmm, I'll come back to you on that one.

But seriously ...

Why does blogging warrant its own set of commandments? Being a follower of Jesus doesn't stop when you start writing a blog. If a blogger is in need of a whole new set of rules then I suggest his problem is a lot deeper than blogging; he needs to go back to basics. Jesus told us to love God and one another. It's simple. We all fail because we're human but we usually know when we've screwed up.

Oh dear, I fear I am sounding like goody-two-shoes and I'm sure we i.e. me and my blog, have broken every one of those commandments at various times. So I'll just say, wouldn't the money spent on this conference have been better spent on helping to combat poverty, abuse, slavery, homelessness, addiction etc etc?


Dragonstar said...

Why does everyone want to control bloggers all of a sudden?
I wasn't sure whether to laugh or groan as I read the list - but your various comments decided me in favour of laughing.
As to your final question - I am in total agreement!

Ole Phat Stu said...

Commandments are old testament, nothing to do with your jesus ;-)

Liz said...

Good, dragonstar.

Of course they are, stu. Jesus is the new covenant replacing the old.

Further on up the road said...

You were right it was there all along... just down the bottom.... odd :S

leslie said...


Rose said...

A conference on blogging?? I agree, seems as if they could spend their time in much better ways. (Good to have you back, Liz; I thought there was one post to read, and then I find six!)

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