Disclosure

1.   Terms of Use

In the first part of the disclaimer, you explain to readers that all information provided on and taken from your blog is at their own risk. They are reading your blog of their own free will.

2.   Copyright Policy

Write down that unless otherwise noted, you are the legal copyright holder of all material on your blog and that others cannot use it to reprint or publish without your written consent.

3.   Hold Harmless

Explain that all the information provided on your blog is for entertainment purposes only and that you are not providing medical, legal or other profession advice (unless you actually do, of course, in that case you might want to get help from a lawyer to ensure you write a fitting disclaimer). Make sure your readers understand that they are reading and/or using any of the information from your blog at their own risk.

4.   Privacy Statement

Tell your readers that you will not sell any of their personal or contact information to another company. You will not put their information on spam lists. But also (and that is important!) that you are not responsible for the privacy practices of any of your advertisers or blog commenters.

5.   Reserve Rights

Write down that you reserve the right to change the focus on your blog, to shut it down, sell it or to change the terms of use (go to a paid platform) at your own discretion.

6.   Advertisers and Sponsors

Explain that you are not responsible for the actions of your advertisers or sponsors. For example, when your readers buy a product of service based upon a link from your blog, they must take action with that exact company to resolve any issues, not with you.

7.   Letters to the Editor

Let your readers know what will happen with any letters, messages, tweets or e-mails that they send to you. What is your policy? Will you share (parts of) those letters with your other readers? Will you keep everything confidential? Will you claim ownership of those letters to later use them in an up-coming book, blog or column (or will you allow the writer to keep ownership)?

A thorough, but easy to read disclaimer is an absolute must for a blog. Better be safe than sorry, right? When you have any doubt about things to put in your disclaimer, have a look at what other bloggers have come up with and learn from them. And of course you can always ask a lawyer when you’re not sure entirely.

 

Boo.  This is never really any fun, but I read somewhere that if I don’t want to get in trouble with the law, I have to have this stuff written and live on my blog.  So bear with me, here we go:

Terms of Use
I am so happy that you are coming to my blog to read my journey!  Part of the journey, too, is knowing that I am not a professional and that I am writing and sharing my journey as a form of expression.  While I hope you may find some things interesting on here, please note that you are reading at your own risk and of your own free will.  Also, while I encourage comments, please note that vulgarity and/or inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated.  This is a place for well-being and a better tomorrow!  If there is something that I feel that will subject me to a third party liability or if it is found offensive, it will be removed from this site.  Happy place, people!  Happy place!

Copyright Policy
I am always observing my own self and the world around me.  When I write, it is all of my original content.  Unless otherwise noted, I am the legal copyright holder of all material on this blog (posts, pictures, tears).  If you would like to reprint or publish any or all content, please note that you will need my written consent.  I have pretty handwriting.

Hold Harmless
I am so happy that you are coming to my blog to read my journey!  Part of the journey, too, is knowing that I am not a professional and that I am writing and sharing my journey as a form of self-expression.  I am not providing any medical, legal, or other professional advice.  If you do try anything I say, please note that you are doing it at your own risk.

Privacy Statement
Just because I am out here sharing my life, it doesn’t mean that I am going to go out there and share yours!  I will not sell any of your personal or contact information to another company.  Heavens, no.  Nor will I put your information on any spam lists (I’m not about that life).  However, if there is some advertising that pops up here or there on this site, please note that I am not responsible for the privacy practices of any of my advertisers or those who comment on the blog.  Also, when subscribing to the newsletter, you are adhering to mail chimp’s privacy policy.

Reserve Rights
As all things in life are ever-changing (and what about those curve balls that are thrown at us?!), please know that I reserve the right to change the focus of my blog, shut it down, sell it, or change the terms of use at my own discretion, with or without advance notice.

Advertisers and Sponsors
If there comes a day where advertising shows up on my site, please note that it’s an opportunity for them to deliver relevant information/products to you.  If I do make a few pennies here or there from it (which would probably be reinvested to make this site better!), please note that I am not responsible for the actions of the advertisers or sponsors on this site.  If you buy or use a product of service based on a link from this site, you must take action and resolve any issues with that exact company, not with me.  I wouldn’t even know what to do.  Maybe go into fetal position.  That’s a good position.

Letters to the Editor
I LOVE hearing from you and am interested in what you have to say!  If you contact me -be it a letter, email, tweet, Facebook post, Google+ post, whatever!- please know that I will keep your identity confidential, but if I feel like something you said (content wise) was so wonderful, I may use it as a mention in a future blog post!