Thanks to your support, hard work on my part, help from my peers, sacrifices by my family and a bit of luck, Journeys of The Zoo is what it is today.
I hope that it is a place that you can come for support, to get caught up on the happenings of The Zoo and share a laugh or two. And of course, there are the reviews and giveaways. I hope you find them to be honest reflections of who we truly are.
I appreciate the interest of each individual and company that wants me to review their products. While I’d love to support each and every request, I can’t. I have a full-time job as a SAHM that I love and I’m constantly trying to prioritize where I spend my time. I am reminded that time spent on my blog is time away from my Family. Besides, do you really want to see a video of a bucket of maggots. Oh.
While my blog has turned into a small business for me, I do not need to support my family on its income. And that’s a good thing because last time I checked, you can’t subsist on toilet paper, digital cameras and trips to Canada’s Wonderland. If only.
I Blog because I love to Blog.
If you’ve read more than one review and/or giveaway post on this blog, you will know that I always provide full disclosure at the bottom of all my posts. Something like “Journeys of The Zoo was compensated for writing this blog post”. If it doesn’t say anything at the bottom, I was not compensated for the post.
I provide disclosure because I appreciate it when my peers provide me with that information. There’s something about getting to the bottom of a “review-like” post and seeing that the author has stated that it’s an unsolicited post. It’s not that I think the post is otherwise untruthful, I just figure that it’s a product to take note of because the blogger took their valuable time to share it, with no expectation of compensation. I’ve done several unsolicited posts myself and found them to be tons of fun.
According to the Law Dictionary, full disclosure in accounting* is…
…the practice of disclosing all material facts truthfully and completely to avoid any misunderstanding.
Over the years, I have received requests from companies to omit the fact that they have given me money and/or product in exchange for sharing their product with you.
While Canadian Law does NOT require full disclosure**, it is something that I do. I have lost opportunities because of it and I imagine that I will continue to do so. I just want you to know what to expect at Journeys of The Zoo. Just so there’s no misunderstanding.
Does it Matter to You Whether I Provide Full Disclosure or Not?
* I couldn’t find a definition of full disclosure that was written specifically for blogging. If anyone knows of one, please leave it in the comments field and I will add it to this post.
** Note that US Law requires Full Disclosure on all posts.