I saw that my friend Andy Kleinschmidt had a great page of policies on his blog… If Charles Caleb Colton was accurate when he said “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” then I hope Andy’s sufficiently flattered! I copied the headings, some of the general ideas Andy offered up, but as always, put it in my own words. (The urge to edit is far too great for me to pass up!) So what makes up the blog policy for me?
Advertising - There are lots of times & places for advertising. For now, I haven’t pursued advertising because I want content to stay center stage and haven’t found the right platform to offer the value I would want for the time. I loved that about WordPress.com and have decided to carry it over to this site for now. Doing product reviews is something I have done sparingly, I’ll only accept those which I think fit my blog, my audience and the brand.
Comment Guidelines – I love it when I can write something that provides a reason to leave a comment — I hope the people who read the things I post have ideas they want to share as well so I use creative commons rules. For me, blogs are, at the core, a way to express individual experiences and opinions. Feel free to disagree or agree — I enjoy debate. That said, moderating comments can be a necessary evil at times though I don’t want to make a habit of it. The guidelines I use in deciding what to post are 1) is the language appropriate & respectful? 2) does the comment relate to the topic(s) discussed? If my mom would think there is a personal attack in your comment, doubt you’ll see it posted. If my niece shouldn’t read the kind of words you use, again, it will probably go into a holding cell. Oh and at a certain point, understanding people may disagree, I may limit the comments when time or number become overwhelming.
Copyright - If you’d like to include some of the information I have here, I would like to request you make proper attribution and link. The time I take writing this blog is my personal time that I value. Please use common courtesy in reposting by reposting only part of my post with comments from you to add to the discussion — I do not allow for reposting in total without advanced permission. There may be some information I include here and attribute to others. Of course I don’t have any copyright to the pieces others write.
Guest Posts – I think it is rockin’ to have some guest posts! I’ve only had a few but welcome additional posts. In fact, I have a “guest perspective” category with a focus on posts about individuals writing about a favorite cotton item. And I enjoy writing for others at times. If you’d like to propose a piece for me, I’d ask you to follow similar guidelines as requested for comments — appropriate language and subject matter are required. I may not agree with all of the thoughts or opinions in these posts but I respect their right to those thoughts & opinions. I will seek out various perspectives to post here but in the end, I can refuse to post too. If you want to get in touch, you have lots of options for ways to contact me.
Privacy –Feel free to sign up for a subscription, or leave your email address for comments, etc. I WILL NOT sell any information to third parties nor will I start sending you things you don’t want regularly. Putting your email address in on this site means it is for the use you provided and nothing else.
Not Business Communication – This blog is a personal channel of expression and does not represent official communications from my employer, Monsanto Company or any other entity. The views expressed herein and of guest authors do not necessarily reflect the my views, those of the company or of any other individual employee. It also doesn’t mean that my family or friends agree — I’m lucky to have a big tent of people I call my family and friends. I love that we can have discussions about what we are passionate about and better understand each other.
I reserve the right to amend, append or otherwise modify these policies.