Friday, January 21, 2011
To disclose or not disclose?
My name is Jael. And this is what I look like:
I don't normally look that made up, in fact 97 percent of the time I don't look like that. Right now my hair is still pinned up! I could probably frighten small children right now. I'm in need of a relaxer and a haircut, but that will have to wait a few more days. At the time of this picture, the wedding called for all the makeup and fuss. But I wanted everyone to know that.
What's with the sudden need to talk? Just yesterday I took a Learning Annex class on blogging. In fact it was advertised as ways to make money fast blogging. I'm a blogger and I figured why not? There could be some useful tips in the class. After 20 minutes, I got the sense that wasn't what this class was about. It was more about using blogging to grow your business. I don't own a business, but there were a lot of good tips that did apply to me.
One of those tips was about disclosure.
"Disclosure:. 1.The act or process of revealing or uncovering.; 2.Something uncovered; a revelation." -- Answers.com
There was a lengthy discussion on the topic. How much you should. Why you should. The main reasons for disclosure? Honesty. Transparency. Integrity.
With every review I write, I do say at the end, "A received a copy of the book from author, publicist and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review." But I don't always give the specific publisher or publicist. Why I don't know. Didn't really seem necessary when I started, but I will from now on. I always do my best to blog with integrity, and there's no reason not to tell everything. If you're not going to blog with integrity, why bother at all?
I'm also an Amazon affiliate. Which means if you click the cover images I post with my reviews and buy a copy, I get a small percentage. My issues with Amazon.com and their policies began after I started blogging, which is partly why I ignore their e-mails. I've received messages from them asking what type of payment I want and where to send it. I just click delete for two reasons: 1. I set my account up so long ago, I don't even remember my password, 2. I'm not interested in profiting from a company that was willing to sell a book by a pedophile. The cover images I get from Amazon are purely to provide picture of the book.