‘Conduct a Policy Review’, Day 21, #31DBBBDay21 with @problogger

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Having a set of policies for your blog provide you with a set of operating policies for the blog, which deal with the general day-to-day hurdles of running a blog. Once in place, you can concentrate more on the creative aspects of your blog!

When you look at aspects of the blog, think:

  1. Do I have a policy on this?
  2. Do I need a policy on this?

E.g. if you have comments locked down, then you don’t need a commenting policy. Many sites don’t have a policy until they are caught out – e.g. when a blogger uses an image that’s not been copyright cleared and the site owner is counted as liable. [Hence why we have an image policy].

Think about your potential policies:

  • Is it up to date with my current philosophy on the topic?
  • Ensure that they are current with evolving industry best practices.
  • Will it help achieve the goals set out for the blog?
  • Is it useful & usable – clear concise & not many pages long!
  • Can those who it affects access it easily  (e.g. can advertisers see advertising policy).

What kind of policies may typically be required?

  1. Copyright Policy: Not just a notice about what is used, but about e.g. clear attribution for each image used on the site, or run content through e.g. Copyscape before posting. This also applies to copyright status given to blog posts provided by blog authors. The Big Bible Project specifies “Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
  2. Comments Policy: What kind of comments will you accept? What kind delete? Will you allow promotion? Will you close comments on posts after a certain amount of time? [We don’t have one of these… should we?]
  3. Content Policy: Set out guildelines for what is acceptable (including word limits, etc.), and don’t accept items that don’t fit. [Policy: what should my #digidisciple post look like?]
  4. Email Management Policy: What emails will you reply to (some don’t have time to reply to all!)
  5. Personal Privacy Policy: You may not need to write this down, but do think about how far you’re prepared to disclose re: your personal life, etc.
  6. Advertising Policy: Before accepting monies for advertising, consider what kind of advertising you are prepared to take, what it might cost, etc.
  7. Other Policies: Think about what other areas of your blog might require a policy.

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