Saturday General Debate

And today’s General Debate is brought to you by:

imagesIn spite of what the critics say, Cam Slater, Travis, I nor anyone else gets a single cent from anyone for spending the time creating this blog for you every day.  We all have full time jobs “on the side”.  No, we aren’t funded by the National Party.  No we don’t get funded by Trusts, unions or secret donations.  (Damn!)

Running a blog costs real  money though.  So, there are adverts on the blog to defray some of the running costs.  In a good month, I’m sure Cam gets to keep a few dollars for his trouble.   But let us be clear:  this is essentially pocket money.  He couldn’t live on the proceeds, make it a full time job, or pay anyone else.  (Damn!)

The blog is attractive to companies.  Our audience is well educated and informed.  Sponsors would love to be able to put their goods or services in front of you through this medium.  And as you may have noticed over the last few months, we’ve invited companies to approach us to do just that.

Just as you trust Whaleoil to bring you the political news with the spin unspun, companies that would like to advertise on this blog will also need to be honest with you.  One of the ways we can achieve this is by not letting them write the content.  Instead we will do it for them.

In the near future, you will see the odd post that will be clearly labelled at the top as sponsored content.  In the post, there will be a product or service review that was written by one of us, and not the sponsor.   Not everything will be of interest to you personally, but one thing you can count on:  you will hear our real, actual, personal experiences – not something a PR person would have created.

We have plans to make this blog even better, but we can’t do it all without spending money.  So some of the money will be coming from sponsored posts.  To start with, they will happen every so often, not even one a day.

There is a difference between bringing you a blog that is free to read, and a blog that costs nothing to run.

If you have any questions about this, feel free to use today’s General Debate for that.  I’ll be popping in later this morning once I’ve returned from Mr 10’s soccer game.

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