Much recently has been made of trust, or the lack thereof, when it is revealed that someone has blogged or created buzz without disclosing that there was a financial incentive to do so.
Jeff Jarvis wrote on this today.
Seth Godin had this on December 20, 2004.
There are likely many others. These two happen to be ones I read regularly and whose references were handy.
I have taken Seth's statement and reworked it for my own situation:
This blog doesn't accept ads or sponsorships.
I don't own stock or accept royalties from any company or product mentioned on this blog.
I don't serve on the board of any company.
If the occasion were to come up, I would consider accepting samples of stuff with a nominal value (under $20 or so) .
I will tell you that there is no correlation between mentioning stuff and whether or not someone sent it to me.
I write about what I find interesting and I think will interest you as a reader.
My goal in creating this blog is to share my ideas and hopefully create a conversation that will generate something more than we each started with.
My success will be determined by your readership (or lack thereof).
I consider myself an amateur writer, a professional learner.
Specifically with regards to the Franklin override votes of May 22, 2007, and June 10, 2008:
New reader or regular, you should be aware that my wife is a kindergarten teacher in Franklin. My two daughters are recent (2004, 2006) products of the Franklin School system and both are doing well. One has completed college and is now out in the working world. The other is in the middle of her college years.If anything changes with what I have said here, I will let you know. I promise.
There are a few other good reasons for me to be writing about this issue. I will continue to elaborate on them here.
I do this as my hobby. I was fully employed and do any blogging, writing, etc. in my "off hours". I expect to be fully employed again. Until that time, I will be working
and networking to identify that opportunity.