VOICE OUT: A Call for Responsible Blogging


With the rise of social media, it's so easy to curate and present the best possible version of our lives to share with the rest of the world. We get to choose exactly what we post, such as the highlights of our lives, leaving the struggles, hardships, and the boring bits hidden. With just a click away, you get to reach out to thousands and thousands of people.

However though, the downside of all this online social interaction is, for the most part, we only get to see the happy and exciting happenings that go on in other people's lives and we tend to compare our own lives to those we see on social media. That is in fact, unhealthy for our mental health and for ourselves in general because we disappoint ourselves, leaving us thinking on why we only have this kind of life instead of living like hers or his.


Personally, I've been bothered by this kind of cycle, thus, I write about my struggles such as my insecurities, my failed ballet audition, my lost self, my quarter life crisis, and many other failure and struggles while curating a somewhat aesthetically pleasing blog and Instagram feed. Because with that, I still get to curate a satisfyingly pleasing visuals on my own blogospaces though not all happenings are beautiful. I still get to be beautiful despite the dark shadows in my life. And because I know that I have a voice, I get to let those who are struggling and having a hard time know that they are not alone and everything will be better even if it seems like it will not be at the moment. They just have to keep on going because everything will somehow lead to something better. That the pains and hurt will eventually lead them to where they are supposed to be. This is actually one of my advocacies in life.

As bloggers, I strongly believe that we have the power to voice out and influence as much as we can for the betterment of our world, whatever niche you may have. So in a world filled of cruel, selfish, and toxic beings, we have the power to change that and bring back the beauty of the world that is slowly being intoxicated and manipulated by irresponsible beings.

HOW TO BE A RESPONSIBLE BLOGGER?

A little act goes a long way. So it is important to think before you click. Anybody can be a responsible blogger because we live in a free country and we are born with a free will. It's just a matter of how we use that free will. And to be a responsible blogger, I think these qualities and acts must be observed:


1. Do not plagiarize. Do not take full credit for someone else's hard work. If something inspired you for your work, let the world know. If something helped you curate an idea and something led you to create something, credit them. Give credit where credit is due. We were taught to cite our sources back when we were still working with our thesis or with our mini study projects in elementary and high school so why forget that now that we have a bigger audience and now that we are writing and voicing out in a much bigger world?


2. Avoid Misrepresentation. Check your facts before hitting that publish button. You'll never know how your words can affect one person with a false statement and that can change his or her life forever in ways you can not imagine.


3. Disclose sponsored posts so your audience will be aware that you are posting a sponsored content. It’s important to be transparent with your brand affiliations.


4. Consider the implications. Once you hit that publish button, there is no turning back. From my own personal experience, I received a couple of messages and confrontations, online and in person, after publishing my very personal blog posts (i.e. the ones I linked up earlier in this article). I have actually affected strangers in good ways because they are going through the same things I did. But I have also lifted up a few concern and worries with people close to me. Before hitting the publish button, I was aware that I'd receive different views and takes. And I must say, I am glad that I've pressed that publish button on those articles because that led me to where I am now. I guess what I'm trying to say is, you must be aware of the consequences and risks you'll face and you must take full responsibility.


WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF BLOGGING?

On a personal level, blogging is more than just a website where you can generate income. Because before all the free stuff and money making means, blogging is a platform where one expresses his or herself through writing and visuals which helps her be mentally healthy and as well as grow as a person.

As to what I've said at the beginning of this post, with a platform such as a blog, you get to reach out to thousands and thousands of people. Which means, different people have a chance to land on your article. And you'll never really know the reason behind why they are searching for certain keywords or why they are reading your posts. Are they going through something? Are they looking for solutions? Are they looking for motivation?

So with that in mind, it's your blog post or article that might help or break them so it is very important to post something that may inspire your reader. I highly suggest that you write from your own personal experience.

According to Jeff Bullas, there are 9 reasons why a blog will make a big impact on your career and life:

1. Blogs refine your thoughts
2. Blogs reward the creator
3. Blogs amplify your humanity
4. Blogs connect us to our tribes
5. Blogs give introverts a voice
6. Blogs reward the "new age" publishers
7. Blogs embrace the experimenters
8. Blogs accelerate discovery
9. Blogs open up a world without borders

A blog helps the blogger grow as a person and at the same time, the blogger helps his or her reader grow as well. And that's the beauty of blogging. We create a community and we create connections that help both parties to be better people for the betterment of this world we live in.


THOUGHTS ON FAKE NEWS AND ON FAKE PEOPLE.

I do believe that fake news and fake people online are the same as the people we encounter in real life. That's why we must not believe in everything that the media and the social media is inflicting in our minds. It's just a matter of how we take everything. Yes, it is difficult to identify what's real and what's reel. But do remember that each of us is going through something and we don't know where each one is coming from so it is not right to judge as well. But this is just human nature. And we will always encounter these types in our lives so the best thing to do to avoid fake news is to do thorough research and double check if the sources are reliable.

And with regards to fake people, I believe that there are no fake people, just lost and confused. And if one cannot avoid meeting them, then maybe, we are the change that they are waiting for so just be kind at all times and stand your ground. Pull people up with you instead of letting them pull you down or leaving them behind.


So this is a call for responsible blogging. You may not be as famous and as influential as the other bloggers out there, at least you are contributing something good to our world. As long as you inspire someone, that is better than the numbers.

I have started doing self-preservation articles to inspire and share my stories. I hope you can inspire people too so...


Voice out and be a responsible blogger!





RaeAbigael

Rae Abigael J. Caacbay is a young creative who went through a quarter life crisis by the end of 2016. Though she's still lost, she keeps on moving forward anyway as a ballerina, visual artist, lifestyle blogger, and a BS Interior Design graduate based in the Philippines.

22 comments:

  1. Amazing post!!!

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  2. Blogging has definitely helped me refine my thoughts. For that reason, I always enjoy (or at least appreciate) being real on the blog (even if the topic is "heavy") and going past all the fluff. // Yes yes yes creative etiquette is so important! Thanks for bringing these issues to light; I wish more people put more consideration into what they put out there! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. thank you for sharing your insights as well, Audrey! I wish more people would put more consideration into what they share too! Have a nice day! :)

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  3. Totally on the same page especially Point 1. Great article, sweetie! xoxo

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  4. Very important this post. Not only what we see is the truth in bloggres life...
    Well done...
    Xoxo from Portugal

    marisascloset.blogspot.com

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  5. Very nice post!
    I follow your blog, please follow me back! ❤
    Dreaming of fashion and beauty

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  6. Such an interesting post! Thanks for the tips!
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  7. Great Post<3
    Thank you for sharing
    we wish you a lovely day
    xoxo
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  8. what an amazing topic to share.
    i believe that everyone should be a responsible blogger and writer.

    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

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    1. thank you so much for agreeing, Zarrah!

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  9. It takes a while to find your own voice blogging and it is so true that we have a responsibility to make sure that our posts are real, check for facts and don't just copy others.

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  10. Blogging is a good thing as you share your thoughts and feelings with the world so you need to be a responsible blogger. Thanks for this initiative.
    Wonderful post dear!
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

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  11. This is a great post Rae. That's why my blog is called Beauty and More by Pilar. I talk about everything. That's so true about thinking before you click! I think it's important to be true to yourself and to be authentic. I may do some sponsored posts, but I won't ever try to promote a product and or brand if the quality isn't that good. People value their hard earned money and want good quailty products etc.

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    1. Yes Pilar! People value their hard earned money so it is important and a kind thing to do to share your real opinion and thoughts. Thank you so much for being a responsible blogger too! :)

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  12. Thanks for the interesting information, dear! Have a nice day)

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  13. Thanks for sharing this post! I wanna add that bloggers and influencers shouldn't buy fake followers and likes!!! It's so annoying and you can always tell anyway, right? Hehe. :)


    Sheena | www.sheenalovessunsets.com

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing this - it's important to have a reality check and this has definitely motivated me to give a more balanced view of my overall life on my blog.

    Heather xx
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

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  15. I really liked your post today, Rae. It was heartfelt with true words. Me and the girls often post about positive things because the world is messy sometimes, but I also do a post now and then about my thoughts. This reminds me of that. You have many good ideas about blogging on here. I actually did a post recently about how bloggers are brave in my opinion. They write from their hearts without knowing how their readers will react to their posts, but yet they still hit the "publish" button. Keep writing your sweet and thoughtful posts, Rae. You are a good person. : )

    ~Sheri

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