But I can only be inundated with articles on mommy blogger money making schemes for so long before I have to say something.
I started this blog back in November 2005 as a way to tell stories about my own experiences with motherhood. It's actually evolved into more of a "mom blog" over the years, much to my own surprise, but never did I ever plan on it being a money maker.
And guess what. It's really not.
For the few early months with BlogHerAds, I could pay my car payment. But aside from that, the ads that you see on this site pay for a week's worth of groceries. I rarely write up any products, and if I do, I filter them over into my review blog. And while I can't complain about some of the freebies I've received, I never really write about them here.
This blog is like my Ketel One martini that shall not be tainted by the cheap crap no matter how much you try to bribe me with it or send me cases for free.
No, no, HELL NO.
What this blog has done is provide a springboard for other projects, like Cool Mom Picks, and Parent Bloggers Network, and the Mominatrix, so I'm afforded the luxury of separating professional from personal, for the most part.
But with all the FTC and the blackouts and brownouts and everything else that sounds oddly close to people having shit issues, I've felt the need to disclose that the things I talk about (unless otherwise specified) are not paid for. That when I link to a product, I really do like it. And if I don't like it, then I make fun of it and drink out of it.
And honestly, I think that sucks.
It sucks that you can't go to a blog and know automatically whether the person is legitimately loving something or whether they got paid to love it.
That doesn't mean I'm hating on all the people that write sponsored posts or PR regurgitations or whatever other things people do to make money from their blog.
But when the lines get blurry, it bothers me. When I see people swipe stuff from another blogger and change one word without giving so much as a credit or a link, it pisses me off. Whether it's a line from their "submit" page or a part of an entire post or a blog name that someone already came up with in a post and you decide "Hey, I think that would make a great blog," it still matters.
No, there are no laws that state that you can't do that. But it takes away the community. And it's disrespectful.
We shouldn't need buttons or badges to tell people we've got integrity. And many bloggers, particularly those who absolutely don't do any posts about products or reviews or giveaways or all of that stuff and who treat people, bloggers, and their writing with respect, probably don't.
But since I've got my foot in a few places, I want people to be perfectly clear that when they come here, they know what they're getting.
Whether you happened to find my blog on a random google search for "Tuna Helper" or whether you've been reading this blog since I first started writing.
And while I blog with a sailor's mouth, I also blog with integrity.