I wanted to write a quick post and talk about guest and sponsored posts. Recently, I've been approached and asked if I would have a post here highlighting a product. (The two Paperless Post ones, for example.) Since some sponsors tend to give some form of payment or compensation, I wanted to clarify the reasons I will agree.
I think the post or product is interesting.
I don't like dishonesty, and trying to deceive people makes me feel guilty and like crap. If I decide to highlight something on this blog, it's because I've tried it or I find the information interesting. Being a fake isn't on my bucket list (although, I often feel like a fake calling myself a writer, but what writer doesn't?) I'll always make a point to say if I was approached by someone for a guest post, and I at least spent some time playing around with the product or browsing the site for something I think is interesting to share. The way I figure it is if I'm endorsing it here, then I better mean it.