I’m not a professional blogger. I’ve got a well-paying job (which I’m very grateful for). This is a hobby for me: I’m a stationery addict. I like discovering new products, and I like sharing them with the rest of the stationery community.
Most of the time, I buy the products that I end up reviewing; in fact, I’m usually reviewing from my backlog of products. I’ve got a couple of dozen pens, more than 50 inks, and a stack of notebooks that will probably last me more than a decade. If I told my partner how much I spend on stationery, she’d certainly leave me (I wonder what pen/ink combo she’d use to write the note?).
I know that ethics and transparency are a big deal. Bloggers get stuff for free and say nice things about the companies that sent the package. They put affiliate links in their posts and make money from sales of the products they review. Their commercial interests affect their editorial independence.
I get some products for free — mainly some notebooks so far, but who knows what companies will chuck at me in the future. I have tried to be open about this when writing reviews so far, and I’ll continue to do so. I hope it’s clear from the words I write, and the photos I include, that I’ve actually tested the products I’m reviewing and that I have a thorough appreciation for their performance.
If you, dear reader, have any concerns about the quality of my work or are worried about bias, get in touch and I’ll be happy to answer you.