by John Robert Marlow

I began this blog to provide free information for all, build a community, and (last but perhaps not least) promote my writing and adaptation services. (Like I just did, right there.)

That said, as of December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.

First, to state the obvious: I am a paid writer and consultant.

Second, the less obvious: Per the FTC rules, if I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to specify that. Ditto if I use an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. Same deal if someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo. Disclaimers all over the place.

That would be tedious for me and a continual annoyance for you but, them’s the rules.

So to cover my buns and smooth your reading experience, please assume that, for every recommendation, link, and product you see on this blog, all of the following hold true (even though probably none of them do):


(Illustrations courtesy of Louis Gray and Jeannine Schafer and swiped (with permission) from The Blog of Tim Ferriss, which everyone should read. Much of the above text was also swiped (also with permission) from Tim.)