I’ve recently read a bunch of stuff about a paid blogging company and a change that they made to their TOS. Now the matter has since been calmed down and it’s apparently working toward some kind of solution. But I thought I’d take this opportunity to state my own position on the matter of paid blogging things in general.
First and foremost it’s my blog, with hosting that I pay for on my domain name that I paid for. I will write in my blog anything I want within what I believe is acceptable. There are sponsored posts, yet any opinions I express in them are my own and the content is entirely mine. Most of the time (though not always) sponsored posts will be identified as such. There are also occasions that I will place contextual links in posts that are not sponsored. In that case the posts are not sponsored, only the links are.
Also, because I don’t want anyone to get the idea that a post with one or more links in it is automatically considered a sponsored post, I’m going to start putting at least one contextual type link in every post whether the link is paid for or not. Which ones are paid for is strictly between me and the parties paying for the link(s) unless I *choose* to show it as sponsored. Just because I include a link to something like a wall sconce doesn’t automatically mean the link is sponsored. I might just think that linking to wall sconce suppliers is a funny idea.. or perhpas it might even be relevant to what I’m writing at the time. Or maybe I might just pick it out of the air and link to it for the heck of it.
It is after all, my blog.