After a recent post, I received some input that had me thinking about the need to write a disclaimer for my blog. I did a little research and came across an article on The Blog Herald website titled appropriately, “Does Your Blog Need a Disclaimer?” written by Lorelle VanFossen.
The brief article spoke of the fact that if you are blogging for money you must disclose that to your audience. Thus far, not a problem there, but if anyone wants to start paying me to write this blog, I will gladly include a disclaimer on the bottom of this website revealing that fact! In fact, I will even write an entire post dedicated to the topic of blogging for a “salary” so feel free to send your requests my way.
In terms of a general disclaimer on blogs, VanFossen recommended that in order to hold “you, and all who blog on your blog, harmless from prosecution,” a brief disclaimer may be the way to go.
Thankfully, for those of us who may be stuck and don’t know where to start in the process of writing a disclaimer, VanFossen provided some real-blog examples. They ranged from the basic: “All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. wpthemesplugin.com makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.” (provided byWPThemesPlugins’s disclaimer ) ….
To the less formal: “This is a personal weblog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer.
(Updated May 29 2005): In addition, my thoughts and opinions change from time to time…I consider this a necessary consequence of having an open mind. This weblog is intended to provide a semi-permanent point in time snapshot and manifestation of the various memes running around my brain, and as such any thoughts and opinions expressed within out-of-date posts may not the same, nor even similar, to those I may hold today.” (provided by Alex Barnett’s blog ) …
To the downright comical: “I’m one of several Googlers who answer questions online and sometimes for the press. I usually handle questions about webmasters or SEO, so in those areas I’m more likely to make sense and less likely to say something stupid. If I post something here that you find helpful as you build or manage your web presence, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer. … Just in case. If I say something stupid in the future, it’s better to be able to point out that the stupidity is mine, and mine alone. My stupidity! You can’t have it! :)” (Courtesy of Matt Cutts).
So armed with this information I set out to write my own disclaimer, and here it is! (It can also be found through a link on the homepage of this website.)
“This is a personal weblog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my husband, my kids, my parents, my sister, my in-laws, my friends, my dog, Murphy, nor my fat cat, Milo.
Often times the subjects of these blog posts begin to take form months in advance of their publication in my mind and sometimes in a Word document, and most often find their way onto the pages of this site only after I feel they are complete or something happens in my life that sparks the publication of the post.
Any post that one may feel is directed at them and them alone is merely happenstance, as I do not use this blog to bear personal grudges, demean others, or serve as a personal bashing forum. I do however use this blog to further a deeper understanding of myself as a mom, a writer, and as a person, and any post that seems to be speaking directly to or about you, only means that you may be struggling through the same things I am at that particular time, and maybe that post will make you stop and think, and move forward in your journey as it does for me in mine.
Feel free to comment on posts, positively or negatively, but be kind or I will not approve them. That does not mean you have to agree with me, I’ve lived my life “agreeing to disagree” with many, but you do need to be kind and respectful, and the same goes for any guest bloggers that may appear on my site in the future.”