Disclosure By Terrance, the Truth in Advertising Turtle
I recently stepped a tentative foot into the realm of baby product reviews, and I feel compelled to make sure my partnerships with baby product companies do not compromise the integrity of my blog. Certainly, product reviews aren't, and probably will never be a big part of my site. But, let's face it, baby products are a huge part of parenting. And every once in a while there is a product that is a true find - that makes life easier, simpler, or better. And I'd like to share that with my readers. I figure, if I'm going to do these companies a favor, and write a review praising their product, maybe I should see if they can do something for my site in return. Makes sense, right?
But the problem is, how many times have you read a review on a blog and wondered - "Did they get paid to write that?" or "Did they even write that?" "How do they really feel about he product?" My experience in medicine has probably heightened my sensitivity to these issues. Drug companies are always offering incentives (money, free lunch, free pens) that either directly or indirectly encourage doctors to prescribe certain drugs. Most physicians feel confident that their opinions are not swayed by these incentives. But are they? I think few of us realize how easily manipulated we really are.
So, this is the commitment I'm going to make about product reviews: I will never knowingly lie or spin or misrepresent my opinion about a product. Not knowingly. But my subconscious might have other ideas. So, I will also always disclose the nature of my relationship with the companies, with the help of Terrance, a character from the children's book I've been working on. If Terrance does not appear at the bottom of an article about a product, it means that I have absolutely no relationship with the company at all. If he is at the bottom, the way he is depicted will describe the relationship I have with the company. And you can make up your own mind about how much to trust my subconscious motivations.
Here is the code you can use to see what Terrance is trying to tell you
The color of Terrance describes how I came to discover the product:
A white Terrance means that I approached the company about the review. I already had the product, I already loved it, and I probably was going to write about it anyway, and I contacted the company to see if they would offer some sort of compensation for the review.
A green Terrance means the company approached me, but I already owned and liked the product.
A blue Terrance means that the company approached me, and I did not already own the product. But after using it, I feel that I would have liked it had I discovered it on my own. It fills a need that I was already aware of before I heard of it. (ie, I knew a needed a good stroller, but I just hadn't found it yet.)
A purple Terrance means that the company approached me about the review, it was something I had never heard of before, and it fills a need I didn't even know I had before I heard of the product.
Terrance's surroundings tell you if there was any kind of compensation or other factors surrounding the relationship.
If Terrance is standing in a patch of grass, it means there is some potential for financial gain from the review. If there's money up front, I'll put in a shrub or a bush.
If Terrance has a gift with him, it means the company gave me some sort of goodie. Like a free sample, or free samples to distribute or something.
If Terrance has a flag with him, it means the company has agreed to help advertise my site.
If Terrance has a shadow (which I haven't designed yet, but I'll upload it when I do) It means I have a previous relationship with the company that predates this review. That relationship might be entirely different or the same as the current one. (Like, maybe I reviewed some other product of theirs previously.)
As long as Terrance is depicted in the style of drawing above (mine) you know all the words are mine. I wrote it. If I ever depict Terrance as a toy turtle, that means I've posted text not written by me. I hope I never do that. I think that would mean I've completely sold out.
For example, here is the symbol I recently used in my review of Bambo-Nature Diapers:
This means that this honest, good-intentioned review (because they all are,) was written completely by my own hand. I already owned the product, loved it, and probably would have written about it anyway. I contacted the company before writing the review (they did not seek me out.) And in return for my offer to write a review, they offered me some sort of gift (free samples), potential to earn money (very small potential if sales are made based on direct referrals from my site), and to help me advertise my site. Also, I do not have a previous relationship with the company.
As you can see, he packs in a lot of information!
To other bloggers, please feel free to download and use these pictures if you would like to do the same. I don't mind if you edit them to suit your needs, but please be respectful. Terrance is a bit of a gentleman, so keep him tasteful. And please, call him by his proper name, Terrance, and link back here. All these drawings are originals, by me, copyright 2011 by Shannon LeMaster. Just include a link and I'll be happy.
I recommend downloading them to a program like photoshop where you can edit each image on a transparent background and overlap them in a visually pleasing way. Cheers!
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 04:45
posted by pmiwhdcbyc
Morgan Pressel's Disappointing Year Comes to a Close
It s been really hard, Pressel said air jordan sale Wednesday on the practice putting green at TwinEagles Club. I wonder if it would have been better just not to have tried to play at all, but I ve only got four days left and then I can get some rest.
Pressel hurt her left thumb hitting from the rough at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in June. Three weeks later, she withdrew after one round at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship with the thumb bothering her. She withdrew a week later after one round of the U.S. Women s Open. She missed five consecutive cuts after that.
A hand specialist diagnosed Pressel'sproblem as tendinitis. As she tried to play through it this summer, the injury spread to her wrist, then her elbow.
The pain has affected her swing.
It s been a year of compensations that have turned into a poor golf swing, without being able to work on it, Pressel said.
Always one of the straightest drivers on tour, Pressel is79thin driving accuracy this year. She s 120thin greens in regulation, 97thin scoring and 45thon the money list. All rank as the lowest finishes in her career.
The brightest moment of Pressel'sseason actually turned into disappointment. Shelooked as ifshe werecruising through the semifinals of the Sybase Match Play Championship when she was penalized for slow play and lost her match to Azahara Munoz. Presselfinished third, her only top-10 finish this season.
I m ready for this season to be over and enjoy my offseason, Pressel said.
Pressel said a saving grace this season has been her upcoming wedding. She will marry Andy Bush in January and has been occupied with wedding plans.
It s given me something else to think about, Pressel said.
Friday, 03 May 2013 04:14
posted by Wholesale Jordans
Shandong male basket prepares for war Fujian is about to stop to be defeated repeatedly advocate handsome: Put smooth state of mind above all
Beijing time on January 1, shandong gold male basket has arrived at Fujian, began two days prepare for war training, to already the 5 Shandong male goal that defeat repeatedly, this occasion watersides to Fujian match target nature of the star is to hope stanch is defeated repeatedly, gold male basket advocate Shuai Gongxiao Bin also says frankly, team should put smooth state of mind above all now, the imposing manner that makes a team is good.
Because 1 day of Jinan do not have the flight of river of advance of Fujian of non-stop flight to, accordingly for managing physical ability, make prepare for war before contest better, shandong male basket hurried to Fujian before today than planning to carry formerly. Undertook that day field trains cheap nike air max shoes accommodative afternoon, and the amount of training is very large, add fold return run and tactical training, this training lasted nearly two hours, and Shandong male basket advocate the game time that Shuai Gongxiao Bin speaks of male to Fujian basket, such expression, "Above all team member people should loosen state of mind, everybody wants below half Cheng to adjust state of mind in time, this competition that takes or communications center rush, strive for make an imposing manner. Strive for make an imposing manner..
To team the problem that appears before this, advocate analysis of Shuai Gongxiao Bin thinks, this sports season team leaves the bureau is very good, "At the beginning, aid of inside and outside very go all out also very solidarity, everybody also is not very familiar to us, each raised team to also had studied our tactics now, must go changing, want to seek a change actively. When outer aid play does not stabilize the young team member in adding line of team of this paragraph of time, come out without seasonable station, have stable show, because this achievement appeared,rise and fall. Of course, field of guest of the first phase is more, lost a few races, it is normal also to come actually success looks, be defeated by a ball to be affected to player psychology continuously now very big, hope young player is adjusted as soon as possible, had crossed psychology to close, next the show that the match can have had. Next the show that the match can have had..
This Shandong male basket and Fujian team are opposite definitely, both sides is not unfamiliar, the Ba Si of A of Asian foreign aids in line of Shandong male goal ever was in Fujian team effectiveness, speak of team of old boss Fujian, abasi is very familiar, "The air temperature of Fujian is higher than Jinan, we are defeated repeatedly recently, everybody emotionally got be affected not less, I am natural very the old teammate that expects to see oneself, I am wanting to help team win a ball, beat them, help our Shandong team take a victory. " analyse team now circumstance, abasi also is to encourage everybody all the time, "Actually, every team can encounter a paragraph of trough in sports season, we should not pass to care about the past more again, discover the problem changes immediately however, should try hard dedicated at next each match. I believe my teammate, want us to try hard together only, hope we go very quickly from inside be defeated repeatedly, we have this actual strength. We have this actual strength..
The native land core in Fujian team is Wang Zhelin, now Wang Zhelin already two pairs of data that all get cent and 10 nearly 20 bank, this also is team of the Fujian after wheat of afterwards foreign aids overcomes Donna is medium the 2nd notch dot. Be opposite before this a male basket of Beijing of the champion that defend crown, wang Zhelin with a bang leaves 11 bank 24 minutes whole group is top. Serve as young player nevertheless, wang Zhelin also is existing a lot of inadequacy, how long does content appear to flow in the match second error, with the dumb fire that reachs the 4th, suffer occasionally tired foul, if want to become allied and top class player to still need to continue hard,this also showed him. And speak of Wang Zhelin, the team member of Shandong male basket also expresses, "Actual strength of this team member is very strong, affirmative need is special take care of, also confidence prevents him with his contrapuntal player. " nevertheless, mabuli praised team member of core of Beijing male basket highly again recently Wang Zhelin. Mabuli thinks, "Want Wang Zhelin to be able to do correct training only, cannot pass how long can with Gao Shun enter NBA, even before hopeful is entered 3, I very value him. I very value him..
There also is the friend of Shandong team in Fujian team, shandong male basket before the Lei of center player Guo before this a few years south next joining in Fujian, expression not common, these two sports season become part player, the Guo Lei that does not know to had gotten married whether be opposite the turn one's weapon around and strike in the match of an old boss Shandong. (elephant)
Saturday, 27 April 2013 09:50
posted by mutcijgtiu
The knight buys outright bold of appearance of lake popular feeling to pull violet gold hard however the hand this person
Beijing time on March 11, basis " forum of Salt Lake City signs up for " report, still his knight team had bought outright 36 years old of veteran to pull merchant - Bell's contract, team battle array is 14 people now. There is hearsay lake person to hope to be able to sign this to defend all the time before this bold general, because fail to be before March 1,nevertheless the contract that finish is bought outright, he cannot have played the game after season on behalf of other team now, lake person also should lose interest to him. Bell's contract will expire in this summer, contract of last years is 3.48 million dollar, knight respect needs to pay the contract of sum. The report before the basis is early, knight team will sign Telaweisi from NBDL - battle array of Lai Sili fill. The sports season on Bell is sent first on behalf of the knight come on the stage 33 times, all contribute 6.6 minutes, hit the target rate achieved 47.9% , hit the target 3 minutes leading is to have 40.5% more, lake person projects to his and defend ability is very favorite. 2005-06 sports season is summit summit of Bell, he the field when sun of effectiveness cheap air max 90 of that sports season all can contribute 14.7 minutes, also be opposite in 6 years just about in the contest after the season of a lake person, bell locks up larynx to foul to division comparing, nevertheless two people disappear already now past grudge, division comparing ever still invited Beierjia before this alliance lake person.
(responsibility edits: A gleam of fights)
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