BLOG with INTEGRITY
By displaying the Blog with Integrity badge or signing the pledge, I assert that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is important to me. I treat others respectfully, attacking ideas and not people. I also welcome respectful disagreement with my own ideas. I believe in intellectual property rights, providing links, citing sources, and crediting inspiration where appropriate. I disclose my material relationships, policies and business practices. My readers will know the difference between editorial, advertorial, and advertising, should I choose to have it. If I do sponsored or paid posts, they are clearly marked. When collaborating with marketers and PR professionals, I handle myself professionally and abide by basic journalistic standards. I always present my honest opinions to the best of my ability. I own my words. Even if I occasionally have to eat them.
My Editorial Additions
I get paid very little for blogging – my goals is books, articles and the like. I blog to interact, make new friends, learn about new places and people, and yes, to drive traffic to MY products. Yes, I am an Amazon Affiliate. Don’t earn much there. Yes, I link to other sites. I link to my own products on other sites such as www.mindbodyspiritworks.com and www.catklaw.com. I think I’m pretty clear across all blogs about who I am and where you can find me. When I review a product, I’ve usually purchased it. And I try to tell the good and the needs works aspects.The Federal Trade Commission demands that we tell you this—they think we all need educating/awareness and are violating the First Amendment with their regulation of what bloggers publish. Since we can’t figure it out ourselves, yes, insert sarcasm here, I’ll make sure I let you know if I get anything for free and review it. Of course, I’ll probably be bouncing off the walls about it so you’ll know anyway.