You want to blog. You may have already started to blog, but you worry about the content… and your concerns are being fed by reports of bloggers not having the same rights as journalists. You wonder:
- What if I get in legal trouble?
- What if someone sues me?
- What if a typo changes something I’m trying to say?
- How can I protect myself?
Bloggers are communicators. We (as a group) need to be heard, to share information and to stand surefooted alongside our opinions. We need to know where to go to get the real story about our rights, or protection and how the current legal climate may affect our blogs.Take a quick trip over the the good folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. This not-for-profit group defends the digital rights of people like you and me every day. They provide information and even legal assistance to online publishers of all types.
They also offer:
- A legal guide for bloggers
- An FAQ for bloggers
- An action center for issues that affect your online rights
Additionally, Stanford Law School hosts a site called the “Stanford Center for Internet and Society” which may be of interest to bloggers and website owners and others who publish information on the Internet.
Have you received a “Cease and Desist” letter and don’t quite know what to do with it? You may want to check out the “Chilling Effects Website” for more information on what to do next.
Whatever you decide… keep blogging, keep exercising your right to express yourself and keep your first amendment rights strong — online and offline!
Blogging is one of the best online marketing techniques available for real estate agents. It’s the most effective way to show that you know the area, you know the market, and you know the business. It’s the best way to advertise your skills, your knowledge and yourself to your ideal clients.
Now… go blog!