This should be considered a ‘point in time’ snapshot of my feelings and the policy of this blog. These things, by their very nature evolve. This post is probably only interesting to other bloggers and people generally interested in how the system works.
#gamergate crossed into my space recently. I was peripherally aware of the movement but got to see the darker side of it close up(a little triggering for various things) I’m planning on doing some writing on the topic at some point, but I should do some blog housekeeping first.
One of #gamergate’s claims is that it is focused on ‘ethics in journalism’. Normally they mean gaming journalism but it’s worth making sure that I’ve got my own house in order.
I’ve never been paid for any post on this blog. The blog carries no advertising and does not directly earn. It’s true to say that I do get income (the occasional bit of consultancy and so on) *as a result* of my online presence, but that’s the result of a raised profile rather than any corroboration. I have been paid to write for other sites and they included a non-disclosure agreement. I suspect I’ll be avoiding that in the future.
I have been sent the odd free sample to review: an example being the retrode for this post. (short review: an excellent device that means great things for the area and disabled people, but build quality is a little low)
I do get free entry (and the odd free drink) for the movies I review. I also have had free press passes for a few events. The free passes are an interesting thing. Several times I’ve accepted a free pass and after investing a day, found that I could not recommend the event to anyone, this might be because it was just a bit ‘meh’ or because it was a gratuitous, empty, hipster-focused status-obsessed love-in misadertised as a festival for tech-collaboration (You know who you are…).
I’ve not had the heart to write such events up as bad. It takes a particular sort of person to accept free attendance, free food and hospitality, and then do a hatchet job (I think it takes a particular sort to do a hatchet job anyway).
I’m interested in letting people know about things that are awesome, rather than highlighting things that I dislike (sometimes I do have to get things off my chest about events I go to such as BETT, but relatively rarely).
Similarly with interviews. I’m not here to make anyone look silly. Interviewees can review the article before it’s published and check I’ve not altered the context or the questions.
When I put up information that people might not like I also put up all of the research, both sides of the story and, importantly, the source code that produced the lists.
So that’s my general approach so far, I can’t promise that it will stay that way: I’m only human, and I make mistakes, but it’s the path I intend to stay on.