The recent changes in the Federal Trade Commission's position on blogging - which you can read here - means that every blogger must disclose whenever he or she receives any sort of payment - cash or merchandise - in return for consideration, even reviews published on a blog.
I can only think of one or two times when I ever received any free stuff that I then mentioned on this blog, and I think I've been pretty clear and forthcoming about those times, but, in the interest of legality and full disclosure, I offer up this legalish bit of blahbitty blah...(thanks, DisclosurePolicy.org)...
This policy is valid from 13 December 2009Ain't life in a litigious society grand?
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. We write for our own purposes. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.
The owner(s) of this blog will never receive compensation in any way from this blog.
The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.
If any of these claims change, notification will be provided in an appropriate manner.
If you want to know more, DisclosurePolicy.org did post a series of videos from Mary Engle, Associate Director Bureau of Consumer Protection that you can check out.