What Are the Core Values of Your Blog?
A business blog is not only a blog it’s also obviously a business. A business has to have some core values to be able to succeed in the long term.
The market is volatile so that you need some stability. Money by itself is not value yet either. Only what you do with the money.
A business blog often does not sell products and services or at least not directly, it provides first and foremost value.
What kind of value do you offer? To provide value you have to know what your core values are in the first place.
What Do You Stand for?
One day I considered my core values on this blog. As my regular readers know I write for several business blogs by now. They differ significantly! The blogs I write for often have different
- business models
On the other hand the core values I represent on all of them are very similar and only the focus changes a bit.
Ultimately it’s not just about your blog but the question also is: what do you stand for as a blogger and a person?
To make it easier for you to find your own core values I decided to write down and publish mine. They are:
The most important core value of this blog is to empower people. I want my readers to learn how they can use their websites to
- earn more money
- make people happy
- save the world.
Thus it attracts not only readers from the SEO industry but also self improvement experts or green activists. I even considered to redefine the SEO acronym as Social Empowerment Online.
Also I’m a firm believer in progress. I don’t accept everything that is new, especially in technology, as progress but I know that humanity can move forward in the right direction.
Sometimes it’s back to the roots, when it comes to the environment, sometimes it’s up to the stars when it comes to science.
On a personal level I want that people who have never been on my blog before can improve their website and search + social media strategy in the long term in such a way that they can see the actual progress.
I’m grounded in ethics as in the truest sense of the term. I don’t mean white hat SEO as in “not cheating search engines”.
Ethics in business and beyond is much more than that. I use renewable energy sources, buy organic food, even drink Fair Trade tea.
I have a bank account with a small ethical bank that focuses on investments in sustainable projects instead of weapons manufacturing and nuclear energy like most other banks do.
Altruism is the best egoism. Even Darwin meant that only the fittest (species) survive. By “fittest” he meant those that cooperate in the most effective way.
He gets misquoted all the time by egotists who who want to explain their selfishness. On the Web it’s so much easier to cooperate.
It only takes a few clicks in many cases. The more you share the more you get. It’s like Jesus feeding thousands of people with two loaves of bread.
I grew up in a dictatorship as a kid and then I had to flee my country of birth at ten. Thus freedom is one of the most important things to this day for me.
Many people in the US or the other old democracies take freedom for granted but I don’t.
I know that you have to vigilant all the time and sometimes fight back against those who want to limit your freedom. It’s one of the reasons why I’m not a Google fan boy.
Honesty is very important to me. It’s already part of the ethics mentioned above. Still I want to point it out separately as bloggers must be even more honest than other people.
You can’t be honest beyond a certain line though. It hurts people. Thus honesty is not the first thing I care for while at the same time it’s crucial.
Also you have to protect yourself and your privacy on the Web. You can’t give away too much. Still – when in doubt – be honest!
Respect is the reason why you have to limit your honesty. Over the years I have attacked quite a few people personally on this blog. When Jaamit died I had to rethink this.
I decided to add one more core value to my list, it’s respect. Sometimes respect requires you to limit your honesty.
You don’t have to lie. You can refrain from saying something that might hurt a person.
Always remember, this person could die the next day and then the last thing you said and s/he remembers is the vicious attack you launched.
What Are Your Core Values? Write them Down!
What are your core values? I didn’t consciously know until I considered writing this post here.
You have to slow down a bit and listen to your heart to find out but then the words appear by itself in your head.
Don’t forget: it’s not just business and blogging! It’s about you. What do you stand for? Write it down in the comment section!
* Image: Stand your Ground by Akshay Moon.
Man I have never sat down and done this…
I like where you are going with it though. How can you be in business and provide a “value added” service if you don’t understand what your own core values are. Further to that, how do you know you will live up to your “core values” for your customer if you don’t know what they are?
Very thought provoking Thad.
Yeah the connection between value and values is a vastly underestimated one. Money is not value. Money is just a representation of the value people ascribe to something. That’s why some boring artworks get sold for outrageous prices.
The perceived value is derived from something else than the work itself.
Sadly bloggers can’t leverage the same powers artists can. We have to find the value within ourselves. The value you provide has to be fed by something more than the actual content.
Interesting thought. there are a lot of blog sharing with non-sense and there is no value added into it. Without a value, there is no return readers as well. You reminded me that, thanks!
Social Empowerment Online! I like!!
That said, its a very valid point and something I’m going to have to think about and blog about as well… The first thing that comes to my mind is Personal Growth and development though.
But I definitely enjoyed reading your values! Thanks for sharing!
Pei Yin: Thank you for the feedback!
Tola: Glad you like it. I’m also a big “fan” of personal growth and development. That’s why I read self improvement blogs as well.
Blogging itself though is not really about personal development, it can just be used as a tool to document and inspire it. The development has to to happen in real life mainly.
That’s why it’s called “BUSINESS” in the first place, right? Any business should have its core values to guide them & the rests follows.
was just checking ur post on spamming and blog commenting… happened to click on this… it might be out of the context but that’s an amazing picture that u have put up with the post! :)