You may have noticed recently the addition of some advertising banners to poet in the pantry. This was not a light decision. While I try my best to offer an uncluttered, meaningful reading experience, the truth is that running a blog involves not only a lot of time and effort, but inherent costs as well. And as a stay-at-home mom, we do live on a limited income. So after some experimentation with different companies and the placement itself of the ads, I have decided to work with a few hand-selected affiliate networks to help defray some of these costs. The ads you will see are not random; these are companies that I feel are reputable and I work with myself. This is important to me. I do not plan on filling up the pages with annoying ads and certainly, my main focus here is food, not money. But I felt I owed an explanation for the change.
In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission, I have included an Affiliate Disclosure in the drop-down About menu. What it boils down to is that there may be links contained not only in obvious ads but also within posts that bring you to an affiliate’s website. Purchasing a product from an affiliate link most likely will contribute to commissions earned through these affiliates. The ability to earn a commission is not the driving force for including these links. Rather, if I’m recommending something, it’s because I use it myself or have performed my own research and found it to be valuable and worth mentioning. But you need to know about the potential for an affiliate relationship because, as far as the government is concerned, it means that my views could be tainted by that relationship, regardless of my efforts to otherwise remain true to my own views and opinions. I am only human after all.
Now that I’ve gotten this out in the open, we can return to our regularly-scheduled food content. 🙂