Baring It All
I don’t know what the deal is with disclosures in the blogging world. I’ve even been told by some people that they’re legally required, which I seriously doubt. I’m sure there are some locales that have some sort of requirement, but I wouldn’t suspect it’s widespread.
It’s not that I necessarily disagree with the idea of letting your readers know that you may make money from your writing. That’s fine as far as it goes. It just seems to have become some kind of public confessional, purging your soul of the guilt associated with making a buck from your online writing efforts. Whatever.
With all of that being said, I figured what the heck. I’ll copy the cool kids (well, the mommy bloggers, actually) and put up my own disclosure. My readers need to know. (All 3 of them.)
This policy is good as long as I have it posted. If I change my mind, I’ll let you know. If I remember.
This site would love to accept one or more of the following: cash advertising, special interest money, sponsorship, government bribes, paid insertions, favors in kind, pork bellies, surplus produce, and/or other forms of compensation. In general, I follow no industry standards concerning writing in general or blogging specifically whatsoever, though I generally try keep things in good taste. I believe in being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean (mostly), and reverent (at least on Sunday). However, I’m human too, and I am trying to build a business here. Maybe. If I get around to it.
If I ever manage to be compensated by sales from advertising (whether for my own products or those of others), there might be a distinct possibility that my opinions are biased. This site contains content, which might present a conflict of interests. In fact, that pretty much describes everything here. I, like you, have many interests that I try to balance moment by moment. I’m seeking self-reliance through entrepreneurship and cottage industry while trying to provide my readers with the best information possible. I always try to be fair, but I see things like I see them, and I don’t usually bother to mince words about it.
To conclude, I think that disclosure statements are stupid (though entertaining to poke fun at). If you see advertising on a site, you can quite naturally assume that the site you’re perusing receives payment for their content or access to their readership. You can figure that out all by your lonesome, without the need of the owner egregiously pointing it out. People are smarter than the lawyers, government bureaucrats, and do-gooders like to let on. Use your birthright. Think for yourself. Void where prohibited by law. This site offers equal opportunity for satire. May cause drowsiness. Do not operate heavy machinery for at least one hour after use. Thank you, and good night.