This blogging business is odd – the legalities require me to disclose to you, the reader, if I earn money in some way by writing via my blog. Personally, I think you’re smart enough to figure it out on your own. But, in order to satisfy various legal requirements, I’m spelling it out for you right here. (In case you’re wondering: I don’t make a whole lot of money with the blog. It’s a labor of love – I do it to inspire and educate my readers, and give them a place to talk about workplace issues.)
So here goes:
I belong to a few affiliate programs, which means that if I mention a product or service and you click on that link, I may be compensated. Examples include, but aren’t limited to: books, educational webinars/podcasts, and personality assessments. My blog posts will always include a statement disclosing the affiliate relationship. Please note that I only endorse products and services that I believe will be of value to my readership.
I am often asked to review books related to my area of expertise (and, annoyingly, books that have nothing to do with my expertise.) When I agree to review a book, I am sent a free copy. I am not required to write a favorable review, nor am I compensated to write the review.
I also participate in the Google AdSense program, which pays me based on the number of people who either (a) click an ad, or (b) visit my website. Rest assured, your information is safe; if you want more information on that, click this blog’s privacy statement.
Because I am a freelance writer and am paid to write for other websites and publications, I may periodically write about these engagements on my blog. If that happens, I will be sure to disclose the relationship. (See, this is where it gets weird – wouldn’t you expect that if I am a freelance writer, I would be paid to provide that service?)
Thank you for taking the time to read this disclosure statement. I am grateful for the opportunity to write for such a diverse group of people. If you have any questions, please contact me.