I saw and article called How to fight with other bloggers, on Paul Boutin’s blog Sunday. It’s advice he offers to bloggers about arguing, “if you need fight, do it right.” Doing it right means following three rules.
Rule 1: Fight only with bloggers bigger than you.
Rule 2: Stick to the arguments you know
Rule 3: Don’t talk about the fight.
If I might add a few of my own,
Liz’s Rule 1: Make sure it’s worth fighting about.
Liz’s Rule 2: Keep personal talk out.
Liz’s Rule 3: Don’t kick a guy who’s down or a horse that’s already dead.
Liz’s Rule 4: Always leave the other guy a place to stand.
Liz’s Rule 5: Remember your future boss and your heirs will be reading whatever you write a long time after your feelings have cooled off.
If a cause is worth supporting, it gets more traction from positive interaction. 😉
The blogosphere doesn’t need any of us to make it work.