Unwillingly to take a leap of faith, not wanting to start writing a book immediately and not knowing how I could possibly write a good book in which I could fit all my thoughts (which go all over the place), I started this blog instead.

Although I did not start this blog with any financial interest, I do think there is a good possibility that, in the future, I will be sharing information, products, links etc. that may compensate me. This means that there could be some hidden interests or unspoken biases. To prevent bloggers (among others) from sharing all types of stuff just to make money, without notifying their readers about hidden interests and/or unspoken biases, as of December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to disclose whenever there could be hidden interests and/or biases related to recommendations.

Now, there are at least two ways to disclose any hidden interests and/or unspoken biases, one of which would be very inconvenient for both the readers as well as the writer. The other way makes both reading and writing articles a lot easier and so much more fun, that I decided to go with that instead.

See the thing is, whether I would receive 1 cent, 2 cents, a dollar or thousands of dollars because of something I shared online, I would have to share it. Not only that, if I were to meet someone who would buy me a cup of coffee, or if someone would give me a book and I were to show it, recommend it (or the person who gave it to me) I would have to say so. I think you get the point…

Sure, I think readers should know whether or not writers might benefit from recommendations, but I think putting a ton of disclosures between the lines just isn’t the way. So instead, to cover me and still give you a pleasant experience, I will just disclose everything here.

When using this site, please assume that, for everything I recommend, show or share in any other way, whether it is a product, a service, a website, a person or anything else, the following all hold true:

FTC disclosure writer got fed - Sjoerd Blok BlogFTC disclosure writer got gadgets - Sjoerd Blok Blog

FTC disclosure writer got busy - Sjoerd Blok BlogFTC disclosure writer got money - Sjoerd Blok Blog

FTC disclosure writer got mug - Sjoerd Blok BlogFTC disclosure writer got stock options - Sjoerd Blok Blog

Illustrations courtesy of Louis Gray and Jeannine Schafer

This page was inspired by the disclosure page of tim.blog.