Sometimes you make a mistake when blogging and get the facts wrong. How do you follow up with a correction?
I don’t know the exact terminology that press guidelines or rules use, but generally it is something like
Give corrections with equal precedence and weighting
Effectively this means:-
- If you published the story on the front-page, your correction should be on the front page as well
- If you wrote a 2000 word article lambasting someone, a 5 word retraction might not be looked on as suitable
When blogging generally it seems to be acceptable if it is a minor correction to correct the post with an update, but I suppose that also depends at least partially on the number of people who might have read the original article.
I have noticed some controversial high traffic blogs never make a correction, not even in their comments. A correction in the comments isn’t enough, because most of your readers won’t see the correction.
How about Podcasts?
Professionally produced Podcasts take a lot of editing, and are often downloaded first, and then listened to a few days later. Making a correction in the Podcast isn’t easy, and wouldn’t receive the same level of distribution.
Do it how the Pros Do It
They only publish the podcast approximately once a week, and had a very full schedule already planned. I honestly didn’t expect a high profile correction.
Episode 18 has just been published, and they spent half of the show dealing with listener feedback. They actually read almost all of the comment I made, word-for-word (and it was quite long), and then responded with an acknowledgement.
I think the original mention of the plugin was about 30 seconds towards the end of Episode 14, and the correction was over 3 minutes long… these guys are real pros.
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