Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Fireside Chat With The Train Case.

Maybe you've noticed that I might have not touched upon one subject here on the blog lately. And honestly, it's because I don't really find myself too concerned with it. What I'm talking about are the new FTC rules and regulations regarding bloggers product reviews. In a nutshell, what it all comes down is bloggers have to disclose if they are receiving free product and/or being paid to do reviews. Pssssh. Please. It makes me laugh thinking about it. I don't even dare to really delve into the meat and potatoes of it, but you can read around the blogosphere or directly at the FTC website for more information. Kind of unrelated but this is also why you don't see any ads on the site. I want to keep my blog clean and easy-loading for YOU and ads just tend to bog it down (just my personal opinion, don't shoot me).

Honestly, 99.9999999% of the items I feature on my blog are and have been purchased on my own. I can literally count on one hand (two, to be exact) how many times a company has contacted me and sent me free product to review. You just haven't seen them yet because 1) One of the products I haven't had a purpose to use and review yet and 2) I honestly just forget to use them. And really, I've been nothing but honest on my blog. I would never fluff up a review for the sake of giving it good press or for my own or anyone else's incentive. I tell you what I like about a product. I tell you what I don't like about a product. I also like to tell you who it's good for and who might stay away from it.

Anyways, I can't help but think that this is a pretty petty thing to enforce on bloggers and there are much bigger things/laws/rules/regulations that should be at the top of the FTC's list. Especially me, who am I for the FTC to keep tabs on?? I'm just a small potatoes blog (I mean, how are they going to regulate ALL blogs?). Anyways, from now own (apparently this takes into effect on December 1st, so I'm still good to give you this disclaimer) I'll put a little blurb at the end of each review, telling you if it was purchased on my own or sent to me by a company for review or whatever the situation calls for (FYI I am not going back to edit all of my past posts. That's just silly).

Anyways, in the end, I do want to help you, the beautiful readers, in any way possible. And if this is going to help you in some way, then I am more than happy to do it. I guess the possibility that I could get popped with a fine from the FTC gets me kind of worried, haha! I would rather use that money for other things!
Do you have any opinion on this? Does this concern you in any way? I would love to know how you feel about it.


Jeweled Thumb said...

It doesn't really impact me either. I have never received products from a company to review on my blog and if I did, I'd honestly probably jump up and down exclaiming "omg guys someone sent me this for FREE to review *happy dance*". I think it'll be good for some people though. There are definitely bloggers out there that lie about free swag. My question is, why isn't the FTC regulating magazines? They are the worst! Most individual bloggers don't reach the kind of audience Glamour or Allure do!

Meggy Lou said...

I love this photo HAHAHA, so cute.