In the interest of staying within the excellent and exciting guidelines of the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising,” I am issuing the following disclosure statement:
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me, Mike Sessler.
I am currently employed by Coast HIlls Community Church, and that employment may have significant impact on the content of this blog—mainly because I write about what I do for a living.
As stated in the post, What’s With The Tip Jar, I believe content wants to be free. My goal with this blog has always been to develop a community of church techies; to encourage and educate said techies; and to be a resource to the Church at large.
With that said, I’m employed as a TD at a local church, we live in one of the most expensive areas of the country and we have two teenage daughters who are getting ready to go to college. Rather than take a second job at a coffee shop, I’ve chosen to leverage this blog as a way to help my family.
As you may have noticed, there are ads on this blog, and those are paid for in cash or products. I may also accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations.
I am being very picky about who I partner with for advertising, selecting only those companies whose products I use (or would use in the case of big ticket items like PA speakers) and fully support. In most cases, our advertising partners are the same companies I’ve been telling you to buy from for years anyway.
Over the last 5 years, I’ve built a reputation of being straight with you, the reader. If I like a product I’ll tell you I like it. If I don’t, I will still tell you. I do not expect this to change with the advent of paid advertisers. Those advertisers may influence the content of the blog in terms of what I’m covering, but you can still expect the straight dope from me.
It should also be noted that the views expressed herein are mine and mine alone and do not in any way represent my employer, Coast Hills Community Church. And while I strive to get accurate information on these digital pages, any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.
For any questions about this blog, please contact me via e-mail.
Finally, one more disclosure; I borrowed the general template for this disclosure statement (and some of the verbiage directly) from Shawn Wood’s excellent disclosure statement on his interesting and always good-to-read blog, Shawn Wood Writes. I did this mainly because he did a great job, and I can’t stand doing stuff like this, even though it’s required. So, thanks, Shawn!