The Ten Commandments of Weblogging…

Being a feeble transcription of some things that seemed really funny once over lunch with Cal, and which we tried – and failed – to get Webb interested in.

The Ten Commandments of Weblogging

  1. I am the log of the web. You shall have no other blogs but me.
  2. You shall not make for yourself other weblogs on other content management systems and look at them and get all wistful and think about changing to them instead.
  3. You shall not mention dodgy weblog CMSs in the same breath as proper ones like Blogger and Moveable Type. Bloxsom is not a proper weblogging system. It’s a potato.
  4. Remember the Bloggie nomination day. For it is truly a holy day and if you don’t remember and self-nominate and vote for yourself lots of times and get your friends to do so too, then you’re probably screwed. But be careful, ‘cos if Choire finds out you’re in serious shit.
  5. Honor your blog-father and your blog-mother at – or get blog-smacked-around-the-head by Dave Winer.
  6. You shall not murder the English language (or whatever language it is you speak) just because you’re l33t. Particularly not if you’re a teenager. Especially not if you like Linkin Park.
  7. Thou shalt not commit weblog-adultery with other people’s hard-earned links unless you carefully mark them with a “via” credit. The same applies to their girlfriends, boyfriends and members of their immediate family.
  8. Thou shalt not steal your design (except from Kottke).
  9. Thou shalt not lie on your weblog (seriously, that’s bad).
  10. You shall not covet your neighbour’s domain; you shall not covet your neighbour’s html, nor his homemade CMS, nor his hosting arrangement, nor anything that is your neighbour’s. Except maybe his traffic.