So…Apparently as I’m reading people’s blogs I am finding that there is a rule about Full Disclosure. In order to make sure I am not harassed at a later date after I become hugely famous online for being such an amazing blogger-let’s get the Full Disclosure out of the way!
The Following FTC Disclosure holds true for all of my blogs and websites including but not limited to:
Disclosure – The Full Monty
This blog and the other blogs I’m working on are not primarily financially driven, but I hope that they lead me to becoming a millionaire. How’s that for honesty? I began blogging in 2008 for several reasons- to have a place to write how I feel, to show people where to find my articles and links to photographs I have taken, to voice reactions and opinions (goes back to how I feel), to teach people things and hopefully learn things too and to establish a little more credibility for myself as a journalist.
That said, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.
First, the obvious: I am a freelance writer and photographer. Essentially I will write and/or take pictures for anyone that will pay me and if they don’t pay me I get some form of compensation whether it be in advertising and promotion, food, products or services.
Second, the less obvious: Per the FTC rules, if I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to specify this. Ditto if I use an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo, same deal.
Disclaimers all over the place.
This would be tedious for me and a continual eye sore for readers. But rules is rules.
To cover my ass and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every recommendation, link, and product I use, the following all hold true:
This post including the images was copied from the blog of Tim Ferriss and changes were made to the post where necessary. Per his statement on his blog this post was used with permission “Please feel free to use the text and images on this page with proper attribution. There is no reason why each blogger should have to reinvent the wheel.”