When it comes to being a blogger, there are many things that you can do to protect yourself, and your writing online. Whilst it can be super tempting to trust everybody that is reading your posts, you do have to be careful, and there are some things that you just have to do to make sure that you’re following the relevant laws within your country. Follow these simple tips if you want to stay safe as a blogger so that you can focus on what really matters: the writing!
Don’t give out any of your personal data
Ok, this one seems like a complete no-brainer, but it is really important to remember not to give any of your personal data out. When you’re in the flow of writing, and you really feel like you’re talking to your readers, you can forget that you don’t actually know who most of them are. We’re not saying that anybody is stalking you or trying to steal your data, but there are people out there who do that, and they’re pretty clever. Don’t talk about your exact school or college, your address, or any piece of information that could help people to identify you, as this is a risky thing to do online.
Make sure that you’ve protected your intellectual property
When you’re a writer, in whatever capacity, you need to make sure that your intellectual property is protected. If you’ve gone through the relevant process to copyright your blog then you should be OK, as it is essentially your intellectual property already, but if you have any issues, get in touch with a company like GHB Intellect. It is worth getting some advice on this, particularly if you’re planning on taking things further than the web, and writing your own book or creating a magazine. Whatever it is that you’re doing, make sure that it is copyrighted and your intellectual property is safe.
Use the right disclosures
If you’re planning on doing a collaboration with anybody on your blog, or you’ve been sent a product to promote, the FTC has made it law that you have to disclose this information to your readers. This is also the case if you have any paid advertisements, as you need to make people aware that you’re not ‘misleading’ them when it comes to putting things on your blog. If you’re going to have any contributed posts or ads, make sure that you follow the law and use the right disclosures, or you could land yourself in serious trouble, and it may affect your blog in the future. A short sentence will do the trick here, so don’t forget!
So, there are many ways to make sure that you’re safe as a blogger, from ensuring that you don’t give out any of your personal data, to protecting your intellectual property online, especially if you’re using any of the content elsewhere. Lastly, make sure to use the right disclosures, or you could find yourself on the wrong side of the law, and it isn’t worth risking this as a blogger. Stay safe!