This policy is valid as of June 2017. If you have any question on the below, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If The DADventurer was a film, I’d be the entire crew. I’m the director, the producer, the writer, the publicist, the runner and everything in between. Every word, every photo, every everything is painstakingly chosen by me. I’d love to say I have a hidden team behind the scenes who I employ to manage my website, do my SEO, answer my emails, post on social media, bla bla bla. But, the truth is, it’s just me. Everything in front of you spills out of my head, through my fingers and onto the screen – even when it probably shouldn’t. I share my thoughts, feelings, experiences and randomness in the hope that you enjoy reading them.
Some of the stuff I write on the blog is in collaboration with brands. They’ve got in touch with me to see if I want to work with them to do stuff like promote their campaigns, raise awareness of a cause, review a product, come along to an event etc. I’m therefore paid by brands to make this happen – this could be creating a sponsored post, writing a review, hosting a giveaway or filming a video. As such, blogging is my full-time job (when I’m not looking after Toddler L).
I know not everyone trusts sponsored content. But, for me, it’s a bit like opening a magazine and seeing an advert for a company or noticing a product being strategically placed in direct view of the camera on a TV show. Companies want to promote what they do. Brands are always looking for ways to reach customers and the whole world of blogging, vlogging and social influencing has opened up new ways of doing this.
Why am I telling you this? Well, I want to be transparent, open and honest, whilst adhering to ASA guidelines. If I’ve been commissioned to write something or given a product in exchange for a review, then I want you guys to know this. I do this by writing a disclosure statement at the bottom of the post saying something like ‘this is a commissioned post written in collaboration with Brand X’ or ‘product Y was sent to me with the purpose of writing an honest review in exchange’.
Let me just stress though that I don’t put anything on the blog that I don’t want on there. I don’t accept guest posts as I don’t want someone else’s words tainting mine on my own blog. Similarly, I’m not going to work with a brand that I don’t like and I’m not going to say something that I don’t believe. If I’m asked to promote a campaign that I don’t care about, then I’ll pass. If I don’t like a part of a product, I’ll mention that. Brands are paying for my time, effort, words and to appear on my blog – they are not paying to get me to say what they want.
I also make money through affiliate links with the Amazon EU Associates Program. This is an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn revenue by advertising and linking to Amazon. So, that basically means that if you click one of these links and then purchase something from Amazon, I’ll get a small fee based on a percentage of what was spent. Again, I’ll put a disclosure statement at the bottom of any post which includes an affiliate link.
99%(ish) of the images used on the blog are owned by me as I’ve taken them. However, some of the images are from sources in the public domain and are reproduced under the Creative Commons agreement that allow for reuse. If an image is reproduced under these terms, this will be mentioned either under the image or at the end of the post.
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