Editorial guidelines: Mumsnet Bloggers Network


Our policy is to keep intervention to a minimum and let the blogging flow.

That said, we do not allow blogs in the Mumsnet Bloggers Network that are obscene, racist, disablist, libellous, contain personal attacks or otherwise break the law. We will ask bloggers whose blogs contain the above to leave our network, as and when their blogs are brought to our attention.

We want to build a network that focuses on great writing for its own sake. So we're open to blogs that carry the odd product review or paid link from elsewhere, within the general mix of an honest and entertaining blog. We just draw the line at blogs that focus on reviews because that's not what our network's about.

To join our network, we ask our members to adhere to both our network's Editorial guidelines and Mumsnet's Terms of Use (with one very important exception: please note that the section on copyright does not apply to bloggers. Your blog = your rights!) If you decide to join the bloggers forum, anything you post there is part of Mumsnet Talk, so it's subject to Mumsnet Talk Guidelines and Terms of Use. We encourage bloggers to read our Terms of Use fully before joining our Bloggers Network.


Posting links to your blog on Mumsnet Talk threads

You're welcome to post a link on a Talk thread to a relevant blogpost (not to your homepage), as part of your contribution to the conversation.

Before you do so, it's worth remembering that MNers tend to be a straight-talking bunch who don't pull their punches - and that won't suit everybody, all the time. MNers, particularly those who aren't bloggers themselves, are likely to be as forthright in their responses as they would be to any media commentator - so before you post your link, do consider whether you're ready to receive warts-and-all feedback.

Of course, personal attacks on posters - as opposed to the content of their posts - are not allowed under our Talk Guidelines, so do please report to us any that you see.

Do make sure that posts you link to are clearly 'on topic', and not just tangentially related. If your link is reported to us as being off topic, we'll take a look and make a judgement about whether we think it's OK in the context of the thread.

Others will understandably find it rude if you link to your blog as the sum total of your involvement in the thread - just as they would in RL, if you thrust a pamphlet into their hands and scarpered. So remember, links should only be included as part of your wider participation in a discussion.


Do make sure that your talk post can stand alone without the link - MNers should be able to understand where you stand on an issue without clicking through to your blog.

It's really not in the spirit of MN to use the Talk boards simply to bump your traffic, and such posts will be deleted if they're reported to us. If you're repeatedly deleted for doing this, you may find that we suspend your ability to post on the Talk boards. Please don't start a thread, or revive a 'zombie' thread, in order to link to your blog - and do ensure that you're not linking out in all, or nearly all, of your posts.

Remember, you've got to be a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network to post your URLs - so do join here if you haven't done so already!

If your blog persistently breaks any of our terms, we'll have to ask you to leave.

The quickest way to let us know about a problematic blog is to report it by emailing bloggers@mumsnet.com. We look at every report as soon as we possibly can.

We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page, so please do check it regularly to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from April 2011. Please feel free to email us if you have any questions or concerns.

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Last updated: 05-Aug-2013 at 2:24 PM