Full Disclosure

Futong East Road, Wangjing

Dodging oncoming traffic

1547 hrs.

As someone with business interests in many (but not all) of the industries I cover, I have occasionally struggled with the issue of disclosure. Having never taken a journalism course or done much research on the topic, I’ve been a bit oblivious about the rules. As I’ve become more regular about posting and my readership has begun to rise, I felt it was time to come clean. But I haven’t known how.

Recently, however, I stumbled upon a site called DisclosurePolicy.org. The site uses a simple tool to help you design a disclosure policy that is appropriate for you and your blog. Check it out. In the meantime, here is ours, which will be posted as a separate page attached to the blog:

This policy is valid from 17 July 2008

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact David Wolf (siliconhotong at mac dot com).

This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. We write for our own purposes. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.

This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

The owner(s) of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

This blog does contain content which might present a conflict of interest. This content will always be identified.

To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org