I don’t know if I actually need to have one of these things since I don’t make any money from this site (shocker, I know!), but I do occasionally write reviews, and occasionally they’re of things I received for free , so better safe than sorry since there’s no charge for additional pages on a WordPress site!
My Disclosure Policy
For the record, I don’t believe in pay-per-post schemes so anything you read on this site that’s written by me are my honest, often unsolicited, always uncompensated opinions.
On the rare occasions I discuss or review something I got for free — whether a book, beer, or conference — I’ll always mention the source. While I used to be a bit of a malcontent and there are numerous examples of scathing commentary in the archives here (hey, “loudpoet” didn’t come out of left field!), my current rule of thumb is to focus on the positive and/or offer very constructive criticism.
Don’t mistake my striving for optimism as a reluctance or inability to call someone or something out as bullshit, though. I will get my rant on now and then, and no sacred cow is safe from tipping in my book.
Speaking of books, I do work in the publishing industry, and a lot of what I write is related to publishing in one form or another, so if it ever seems like I’m being overly diplomatic about something, I probably am. Not because I’m in someone’s pocket, but because I think it’s really stupid to get fired over a blog post. Or a tweet. Or a photo on Facebook.
Act like you know, you know?
If you have any questions about this policy, or have an offer I can’t refuse to sell out, feel free to drop me an email.
PS: If you’re a venture capitalist looking to invest in something interesting, I have plans to put your money where my mouth is. Call me!
–Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, 13 December 2010