As of December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers (Anderman, 2009) to disclose whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations. To comply with the ruling, I offer the following disclosure policy. If you’re reading my blog, please know the following:
How I make my living:
I am the high school German teacher at Memorial High in Eau Claire, WI. As such, I am responsible for teaching all five levels of German for the school. I also coordinate the GAPP exchange for Memorial, which includes all duties assumed with hosting German guests in the US every-other autumn as well as coordinating, executing, and leading our exchange to Germany the following summer. The GAPP exchange is considered one of my contractual duties; therefore, I make no additional money as the GAPP coordinator for Memorial High.
Why the blog?
The purpose of this blog is purely informational. I want to provide you, my blog guests, with a better understanding of the GAPP program, and I want to supply you with the necessary forms and updates you need should you be participating in GAPP. In no way does any of this information make me money. In fact:
- I do not make a cent in any currency from any post I put on this blog.
- The links posted to this blog are not paid links. In no way do I make money from any of them.
- Every post and every page on this blog is my own creation, unless I state otherwise, but I can’t foresee that changing, as this is my baby, and it’s specifically designed for MHS GAPP.
- I generally do not get products, trips, etc. for free that might be mentioned on this blog. Once in awhile, I stop by a Goethe Institute’s display table at a world language conference, and I nab a free German-related poster and a few German-related pins that are given to German teachers for their classrooms, but in no way does it change my opinion on whether or not I will recommend GAPP or not. Likewise, no one pays me to do GAPP reviews or changes my opinion on GAPP based on payment regarding anything related to this blog.
- I make no money from any of the communications I send out on any of the social media outlets to which I belong (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
- If you email me, all of the information in your email is for my eyes only and stored as necessary for GAPP communication purposes. I will not spam you or give/sell your information to any third parties.
If you have any questions, you can contact me at my contact page.
[Note: This page is an adapted version of a few different blogs, including those of Timm Ferris, Trey Ratcliff, and John Chow. The page was assigned and modeled by Professor Michael Barbour of Virtual School Meanderings, who also happens to be my professor for EDTECH537 – Blogging in the Classroom. The page has been personalized and the ideas in the text remain consistent with those illustrated by the aforementioned bloggers.]
Anderman, J. (1 Dec. 2009). Product placement. The Boston globe. Retrieved 9 July 2017 from http://archive.boston.com/lifestyle/articles/2009/12/01/were_bloggers____we_get_stuff_for_free/