The Gazette is a labor of love. It’s a way to document my family’s history and share it and my technical experience with the genealogy community. I enjoy telling a story and I enjoy the technology around online research and electronic publishing. Maintaining the Gazette costs me both time and money. To help cover my expenses I am an affiliate for several commercial entities. You will see their advertising on my site.
Now, the Federal Trade Commission has decided that bloggers are a threat to society or something because of thesemoney-making efforts. They are concerned that I might accept free products from companies and give them glowing reviews in return without mentioning I got it for free. If I got something for free, you all would be the first to know. Even without the FTC breathing down my neck, I think it’s important to describe any relationship I may have with a service or product. Most of the things I review are either free (as in open source) or something I bought myself. When the day comes that a company thinks I’m important enough to offer a free product in exchange for a review, I’ll be screaming it from the roof!
In the meantime, I’ll continue to include advertising on the site, maintain my Amazon store (check out Creekside Outfitters) and link to items at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Footnote and other affiliates when I mention them in posts. If it should inspire you to purchase something, the commission goes to keeping the Gazette up and running. And I would be most grateful for the help.