It recently came to my attention that the FTC commission has taken an interest in the reviews that bloggers provide as unbiased information on the products. I guess this came about due to some people that gave reviews of products that were actually paid endorsements, and did not disclose this information to their readership. The FTC is now apparently requiring that all reviewers release and disclose their relationship with the vendors of the products for which they are reviewing by December 1st.
So, in the interests of full disclosure, I have compiled a page to disclose exactly what I get for the review of products written here. As most of you are already aware, the answer to that is nothing, with a few notable exceptions. The products that I have reviewed here on the blog are entirely done via donations from vendors (where the products are then put up for giveaways in the monthly contests), or on loaner programs where the products are reviewed and then returned to the company. The rest of the products I have reviewed are of my own gear which I have already purchased with my own money!
For those interested in viewing the page, it’s titled “Supporters of the Blog and Podcast and is displayed in the sidebar.
Okay, with the legalities out of the way, just a couple other blog maintenance things to mention:
- The next podcast is going live tomorrow!
- The latest contest is underway over at Flickr (you can win a free copy of Noise Ninja from PictureCode – the theme this month is Fall)
- The 2nd issue of the monthly newsletter is also under construction, so if you are interested in being a featured artist, let me know!
Wow – what a bunch of “official” sounding stuff – so unlike me! Let’s change that up – share with me your thoughts on the FTC position. Do you like it? Agree? Disagree? Think they are off their rocker? Call me the fence sitter, but I can see why they are doing it, but I think they’ve taken it too far. What do you think? Got any of your own bureaucratic wonders to share? Sound off – maybe if we get enough feedback saying that no one likes it, they will reconsider their position on “all bloggers”! 🙂 (Kind of like “rocking the vote”!)
Anyway, that’s about it for today, so Happy Shooting and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow!