Wednesday, May 20, 2009
KC Star readers' rep admits: "Yes, a Star columnist deleted a blog entry... and by the way, I do it too!"
Responding to an alert KC Star reader who noticed a blog post by a Star columnist had disappeared, KC Star readers' rep Derek Donovan admitted columnist Yael Abouhalkah did delete a blog post -- then Donovan admitted he has done it himself.
Deleting a blog post is a major no-no among bloggers, for good reason.
When a blogger deletes a post without explanation it gives the impression he has something to hide.
Transparency with readers is fundamental. If readers learn you just delete your mistakes you will lose them.
There might be good reason to delete a post -- maybe you posted something in an anger that you later realize shouldn't be published -- but if you delete that post you owe an explanation.
In this case, Yael Abouhalkah deleted a published blog post because events changed... and he didn't bother to give his readers any explanation. Abouhalkah should have updated what he had posted, not delete it and pretend it never existed.
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