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 these money-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 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 your support.