This website is not primarily financially driven. I put it up in 2010 as a creative outlet, as well to build a community and learn from smart readers.

Regardless, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to disclose whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.

First, the obvious: I have developed a personal preference for the gear I use for my photography, traveling, podcasting, writing, and other endevors. This is not a product-review website, but a website built around the things I use and like.

That said, all the items, apps, and websites I recommend here are honest views based on personal experiences. No one tells me what to write, and there’s nothing in this world that I hate more than fake nonsense.

Second, the less obvious: Per the FTC rules, if I interview someone and they buy me a beer or dinner afterward, I would need to disclose this. This is also true if I use an Amazon link that gets me 7 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If someone gives me a nice sweather with a logo and I wear it in a photo, same deal. Disclaimers everywhere.

This would be annoying for me and even more annoying for you, but the rules are the rules. To cover my ass and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every link and product I use, the following all hold true:

(Illustrations courtesy of Louis Gray and Jeannine Schafer)