I was taught at a young age that it is wrong to lie or deceive, and I have no intention of doing so with you, the readers of Fake Food Free. So here is what you can expect when it comes to disclosing whom I work with and in what way.
This blog serves two purposes. It is a creative outlet to connect with people around the world who hold similar interests, and it serves as a platform and portfolio for my work. The ads on this blog do serve as a way to earn some passive income, I accept products for review, on occasion I will do a sponsored post and I sometime go on media trips.
Beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to disclose whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations. So here goes…
First, the obvious, this blog:
You will find a disclosure statement within each blog post that says:
- I received this product for review. I was not required to write about it and I received no compensation for doing so. The only compensation was the book or food I wrote about. No dollars.
- This post was sponsored. This means I received a monetary payment to publish this post and often product as well.
- You will find that my social media shares related to these posts have one or more of these hastags: #ad #sponsor #sponsoredtrip #paid #mediaevent #mediatrip
In all cases, thoughts and opinions are my own. I don’t review things I don’t like. I especially would never accept money to post about something that I didn’t like, or wouldn’t buy myself.
Second, the less obvious, my day job:
By day I am a freelance food writer, health writer, copywriter, recipe developer and food photographer. These are some of my clients. In these cases, it is not Fake Food Free doing the work, it is Lori Rice doing the work. Kind of like how you probably have a day job. And how I used to work for a University. Every time I tweeted Go Wildcats, I didn’t also have to hashtag # I work here.
So if the work is related to my blog or I am asked to share about it on Fake Food Free, you will see the same kind of disclosures and hashtags as above.
If I decide to share the work I do for a client as Lori Rice you will likely see something along the lines of #client, #clientwork or #portfolio. These are not sponsors of Fake Food Free. They are clients of Lori Rice, freelancer.
Third, lets cover all the bases with Tim Ferriss’ help:
Per the FTC rules, while I currently don’t use affiliate links, if I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to disclose this, and if someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo, same deal. Disclaimers all over the place. This would be tedious for me and even more tedious for readers. But rules are rules. To cover my butt and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every link and product I use, the following all hold true:
- Writer got fed.
- Writer got some sweet gadgets.
- Writer got mad scrilla.
- Writer got a helluva schwag bag.
You, too, can use Tim Ferriss’ text and graphics on his disclosure page or my content here, with proper attribution. As he writes, there is no reason why each blogger should have to reinvent the wheel.
Health advice disclaimer:
I also should add that while I have a MS in Nutritional Sciences and a BS in Nutrition Fitness and Health, I am not a practicing nutritionist and most certainly not a doctor. Nothing in this blog should be taken as health advice. Seek that from your health care professional. They know you and your health history.
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