In holy writ, we find both principles and rules. The rules were given to support the principle. Jesus taught the principles of loving thy neighbor and loving thy God. Moses' 10 commandments were rules that helped the people live these principles.
In the world of blogging, we also have principles and rules. The underlying principle for blogging is respect. There are many "commandments" that help us live and adhere to this principle. They are listed below, along with our commentary.
1. Thou shalt not read the blog, take the time to read the associated comments, and then move on.
You people know who you are. This is showing NO respect. This is "I don't want you to know I was reading your blog!" This is the issue. It is this pattern that has spurred this discourse.
2. Thou shalt not simply call or email to show respect for a blog.
This is a common misconception. While a phone call/email is highly appropriate for holidays and birthdays, this is not one of the best ways to demonstrate deep respect for a blog post. Now, don't misunderstand us completely here...a phone call/email regarding a post is appreciated at some level. However, what matters in blogging is that the praise for your post is made public. We understand that most of you have good intentions and make this mistake due to a lack of understanding for proper blogging etiquette. This is what the scriptures refer to as a transgression, or sin of omission. You've all been through seminary and know what we're talking about.
3. Thou shalt comment.
Remember, the underlying principle of these commandments is respect. And public respect at that. To show proper respect for the hours and hours of hard work that someone has put into their blog, it is only reasonable for you to show your respect through a simple comment. The level of your appreciation and respect for the post will vary, obviously; and therefore, so should your comment. Who doesn't want that little extra boost of self-esteem, that increased sense of self actualization, that comes from seeing 8 new comments about how interesting/funny/witty/ insightful intelligent/kind/thoughtful/cute you are? We know we do.
Moses brought the lesser law. Jesus brought the higher law. Adrienne Bjorkman has brought the higher law to the world of blogging. What Adrienne has done goes above and beyond any of these "commandments." She has truly shown that you can magnify your calling in the blogging kingdom. She read our blog. She placed a phone call. She made a thoughtful comment. And then she did what we, the authors of this discourse, didn't even realize was on the sliding scale of blogger etiquette. She was so moved by our blog that she made a post on her blog to honor us and show respect for the hardwork we invested. Adrienne, we thank you. And now we are using our blog to show respect for your blog. You have shown by example how to live the higher law. You have been a beacon on a hill and we thank you once more. It is our humble prayer that we may all have Adrienne's courage and commitment to live the rules that will help us demonstrate the blogging principle of respect.