Tuesday, 20 October 2009


As the New York Times reported on 5 October, ‘[from 1 Dec 2009] The Federal Trade Commission will try to regulate blogging for the first time, requiring writers on the Web to clearly disclose any freebies or payments they get from companies for reviewing their products.’ At last people who blog about ‘stuff’ are beginning to come clean and reveal what samples they’ve received.


1) lots of people are not as wealthy as they appear to be
2) some companies do not care how badly reviews are written as long as their products are being mentioned
3) I should have been cleverer and realised straight away that blogging about nothing in particular was never going to be lucrative (writing well or badly about books might have got me a Sony Reader – drat!)

Anyway, I would like to assure my readers that no company has ever given me free bad service so I could comment on it. I’ve always had to pay for it one way or another.