Business 2.0 says that blogs will become mainstream in 2004 (and they're probably right), and with the massive number of "clutter" blogs out there (so say our critics), it may be a good idea for blog-format publications to follow a written or unwritten code of conduct or code of ethics in order to maintain, and perhaps even increase desirability among readers and prospective readers. The code should also foster a positive network among bloggers, who are very inter-connected, whether they mean to be or not.
Not everyone should be expected to follow the code of conduct or code of ethics, whichever it may be. Just as we all slip from time to time in our adherence to other rules or guidelines (take the 10 Commandments for example), I'm sure that we will slip from time to time from strict adherence to a blogger's code of conduct or code of ethics. However, it may be a good idea for certain practices to be encouraged in the blogosphere, just as they are in the rest of the world.
"Why should we have one of these in the first place?" you ask? Well, there are actually some people out there who are paid for what they've written on their blog in one way, shape or form, and once blogs do become just as mainstream as say, a newspaper or a magazine, bloggers will likely join the ranks of other writers, such as journalists (there was at one point a prediction that bloggers would eventually replace journalists by 2007, which may not happen, since most publications have adopted publication formats similar to blogs or added a blog to the mix, but blogs have certainly changed journalism forever).
Could blogging become a profession? It certainly does have the potential to become one, but as long as no standards exist for it, more clutter will be created and blogging will become less, rather than more credible. Some bloggers may be concerned over this, while others likely will not be concerned at all.
What is the future of blogging? Will it become saturated with first-person ego-driven rants published in diary format, or will it become a new and more convenient way for information to be delivered to the public by the public without a gatekeeper to decide what news is fot to actually reach the public?
While it is ultimately up to bloggers all around the world to determine the destiny of blogging, some may feel that some sort of code should exist to promote a sort of civility among bloggers and non-bloggers, alike.