Do You Disclose?
December 16, 2008 by Kelly
I just created a disclosure policy for Profitable Mommy Blogging. The blogging powers that be (whoever they are) say that having a disclosure policy is the right thing to do.
The idea is to be totally up front about the fact that you’re trying to profit from the content you share on your blog. (Or to proclaim that you’re not trying to.) By being transparent about your motivations, readers can make a smart decision about how you may be influenced by your desire to make money and whether they should trust what you say about products, services and people that you have a business relationship with.
I used DisclosurePolicy.org to create my policy – but maybe I should write my own original disclosure policy?
It would go something like this:
I like to write for free but I also like to pay my bills so sometimes I write for pay – but I promise you three things. I won’t say I like something I don’t, I won’t say I like someone I don’t and I won’t say I used something I haven’t. Any opinions shared on Profitable Mommy Blogging (good, bad or just plain aggravating) are those of the individual writers no matter who gets paid what.
What do you think?
Do you have a disclosure policy? Why or why not?