The Imperfect Pilgrim site welcomes comments. After all, that’s what a blog is about, right? The whole purpose of this site is to offer information, guidance, encouragement, and tools for the healthiest, most abundant life you can achieve and, in return, I welcome feedback, ideas, reflections, personal stories, questions, accolades, and any comments serve to cultivate a rich exchange of ideas. Comments will be approved as long as they fall into any of the above categories, or any other categories not mentioned. If you want to be a part of this growing community, you are welcome here. I want you. Remember, we’re all in this pot of soup called life together. But if you want to just be mean, please go away. I have feelings too.
TIP has spam protection, but sometimes I may miss-read your legitimate comment as spam and therefore, not post it. If you don’t see your comment within a day or two, please resend it with some sort of signal to me that you are a real person and not a spammer. I will then post it and offer a telepathic apology to you.
From time to time, I buy products such as yoga mats, clothing, chimes, DVDs, CDs, downloads from iTunes, books, etc. If I love it, I’ll talk about it. If I hate it, I’ll talk about it. If I review a product that is from one of the site’s sponsors, I will say so. I will also say if they sent it to me for free or if I bought it. And, I will not publish rave reviews of any product I don’t think is good, sponsor or not. However, if you are a sponsor and I hate the product, consider it an opportunity to improve it. Then I will be happy to review it again. If you are not a sponsor but find out that I love your product, call me and we’ll talk. Believe me, I’d love to be a brand ambassador if I found one I couldn’t live without.
I am disclosing here that I do have an affiliate marketing program with Amazon. You will see that I have an online “store” on my site that features some products related to the topics found in this blogsite. These products were all hand-picked by me, and I chose them based on the following: I have the book/CD/DVD in my personal library and think it’s good; I know and respect the author; or the book/CD/DVD received a high rating on Amazon (4.0-5.0). Since there are quite a high number of products in the store, I may at times review one that I am unaware or have forgotten is in the store. If you notice this, please bring it to my attention. Because if I review something that happens to be in my store and I have not disclosed this fact, it is purely an oversight on my part and I deserve to be severely punished.
If a company sends me a product for review and does not want it returned in the postage paid container provided :-), then I will use the product in a contest or give-away, once I have something of that nature going on in the site. I may also keep it for personal use (if I really like it), but I won’t re-gift it. That would be tacky.
The same policy goes for video reviews of yoga studios. I travel a lot and almost always find a yoga studio to profile. The travel is at my expense but, if a studio or organization wants to fly me all-expense paid to their location to profile them, I will make full disclosure of this fact. And the review will still be objective.
Fair Trade and Copyright
TIP complies with the FTC guidelines about marketing and blogs, and is a proud signer of the Blog With Integrity pledge. Speaking of copyright, the nature of this blog is such that I will often quote leaders in the field of yoga, Ayurveda, and nutrition, because I believe what they have to say is valuable to my readers. I will also cite where the quote originated, as well as provide a link to that source when available.
Summing it up, I will provide full disclosure of any relationship I have with any company, brand, product, yoga school, or any other commercial entity that appears in this blog. I will also disclose if I receive a percentage of sales from click-through ads by affiliate marketers.