It’s day two of the Problogger 31 days to a better performing blog, and today it’s all about values. Darren has suggested writing down and displaying, in a public forum if you’re feeling brave, the core values of your blog(s). So I sat down and had a think about it. This is a first draft, given time I could probably expand upon it-

Spinneyhead family as a whole

– Always credit the source of a story.
– Always make original content as well as links.
– Only take ads/ affiliates that fit with the Spinneyhead ethos- no selling my soul for a quick buck. No affiliation to supermarkets, car companies or mainstream political parties, but I can run ads for porn because I’m okay with that. (Google ads are a different matter, because they serve adverts based upon content so I’ve had, for instance, creationist ads. I worried about this for a while then figured they might as well waste their money advertising to an audience that already knew they were muppets rather than gullible fundy Christians.)


– Never forget the old motto- “Dedicated to wasting time at work.”- both for the readers and the contributors.
– Update at least once a day, at least six days a week.
– Don’t be afraid to try new stuff such as moblogging, vblogging or podcasting. But don’t do anything just because everyone else is.

How to Save the World for Free

– Don’t just talk about this stuff, actually do something about it. And write about that.


– Never promote a diet. Diets are fads and usually counterproductive or dangerous. Only mentions diets if it’s important that people find out about the health risks or it deserves particular mocking.
– Digest is about good food, whether that be food that is good for you or food that just tastes good.
– Don’t be afraid to get a little hypochondriac. You may find out something important.


– This is not about pretty but useless gardens. Anything grown should serve another useful purpose.
– Everyone should know where their food comes from, and treat it with the respect it deserves.


– Not just to promote any modelling products I make, but don’t forget to promote my own products.

Spinneyhead Comics

– About comic making in general and Spinneyhead comics in particular.
– Don’t forget to promote Spinneyhead projects.

Like I say, I’ll probably expand upon these for personal guidance and every time I launch a new blog/ site, but that’s a good starting point.

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  1. Avatar wildmink
    wildmink says:

    It’ll take some digging to get the full story but on the topic of difest I heard on Key 103 this morning that Atkins Diet has gone bust. There must be butcher’s all over the country kicking themselves.

  2. Way ahead of you. If you check Digest, I wrote about it yesterday.

  3. Some interesting values there.

    It doesn’t actually say what Spinneyhead is, just that you add original content to links.

    Also, at least once a day means at least 7 days a week, unless it’s once a day for the days that you do update it.

  4. I realised shortly after putting the post up that I’d confused values with aims a bit. It’s a start I guess.