Reviews

When I started this little website of mine, I wanted it to be a place where my current and future health coaching clients could come for information on healthy living and wellness.  I am a holistic health coach first and foremost and blogger or writer second.  The coaching is my first love and what I do best (I think!).  But the deeper I got into writing this site, the more I fell in love with the writing and the research and the interaction I get both here and on Facebook and Twitter.  Over the course of the last few months I’ve come to elevate this site to “just as important” to my health coaching.  I love this site and I love developing my skills as a healthy living blogger.
Something that bloggers do is use their platform to promote products or services.  I debated a little with myself on whether or not I wanted this to be one of those blogs who reviews things for money or products or perks.  I think it can be tastefully and tactfully done, but I’ve seen too many times where the author has gone from interesting writer to paid shill who just hawks anything from hotel rooms to restaurants to almond butter to potato chips.  I can think of a handful of sites that I used to love to read for the interesting and informative content, but they’ve become sites I don’t frequent anymore because I got sick and tired of being sold to all the time.
On the other hand, there is a definite up-side to reviewing products and services.  I can get the word out about things that I think my clients and readers would find useful and I’m using myself as a guinea pig for these things.  I hope you like and trust me enough to be honest and know that I come from a place of good intention.
This is a long preamble to say that in the last several weeks I’ve been approached by a few people/companies to do reviews on this site. I thought long and hard about it and decided to wade carefully into these waters and see what happens.  I’ve set up some ground rules for myself and I do solemnly swear to uphold these rules as my vow to you, dear readers.
1. I will ALWAYS be completely honest with you about when I am talking about something that has been given to me to write about – This site will not become a sneaky subliminal commercial for things I have been given.  When I am reviewing a product that has been given to me to sample, you will know about it and there won’t be any mystery.  Sometimes I like to tell you about things I’ve tried or done on my own time with my own money.  I will be very diligent in making the distinction between the two scenarios.
2. I will ALWAYS give you my honest opinion whether it is flattering or not – If you know me in real life, you know I am a straight shooter and I don’t mince words.  I am proud of the fact that I am a tell-it-like-it-is kind of woman.  When I share product reviews with you they will be completely honest and straight forward. I am under NO obligation to anyone to just say nice things about something just because it was given to me as a free sample or complimentary gift.  In fact, if someone gives me something to write about here on the blog and a condition is to only say something positive regardless of my true opinions, it won’t appear here.  Period.
I just wanted to put this out there.  Tomorrow I will be reviewing an e-book I was given and before I shared my thoughts on it I wanted you all to know where I stood on this whole review-my-stuff-on-your-blog enterprise.  I also am asking for your feedback along the way.  If you don’t like these sponsored posts, please tell me.  I write for you.

2 Comments

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  2. Monica
    June 13, 2013 11:58 pm

    Please enter me in the contest.

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