The Blog with Integrity pledge was created in July 2009 to provide bloggers with a tangible and collective way to express our commitment to a simple code of blogging conduct.

It is the direct result of a series of conversations among four bloggers – Susan GetgoodLiz GumbinnerKristen Chase, and Julie Marsh.

After a spring and early summer of polarizing debates about blogger compensation, sponsored posts and product reviews, an alarming increase in ethical lapses and idea theft, and a growing backlash against poor blogger relations practices, we believed it was time to refocus on integrity.

The Blog with Integrity pledge recognizes that there’s no single right way to blog and more than enough room in the world for different approaches.

What matters is the relationship with our readers. Meeting our commitment to them and to our community. Clear disclosure of our interests so they can evaluate our words. Treating others with respect. Taking responsibility for our words and actions.

We hope you will join us. There’s no cost or complicated application process. Just take the pledge and display the badge.

We do recommend that you publish your policies somewhere on your site to make it easier for your readers to find the information, but how, where and even if you do is entirely your choice.

For more information about the pledge, contact blogwithintegrity@gmail.com or subscribe to our email update list

And, please – send us your feedback and suggestions. This is intended to be a fluid, community effort that helps us all continue to Blog with Integrity.