Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mama's Whatnot

So, You Want To Know the Whole Story?  All Right.  You Asked.
Well, you didn't ask.  The government is insisting.  I doubt very seriously "the gov" really cares what I'm doing here at Family Stories.  However, since I am a person that follows all the rules [*snort.* Notice that I didn't say whose rules they were that I'm following.], I thought I'd let you know exactly what I'm doing here at Family Stories.  My blog didn't start out as a way to pay some bills.  I simply had a story or two to tell, and I thought I'd share them with you, so that maybe you could get excited about your own family stories.  Ah, but then real life butted [Yes, I'm making-up a word.  You should be used to that by now.] it's head into a rather perfect plan.  [If I do say so myself.]  You know, "real things" like my daughter will be driving in 3-1/2 years.  [Gulp.]  "Real things" like my kids' college education because my husband and I don't want them living with us forever.  I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

Remember, You Asked...
Anyways, it seems the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would like me to let you know [like, you couldn't figure it out all on your own] that, hey, if you click on an ad on my blog, then I might be getting some type of commission or compensation of sorts.  [Not that I know what one of those looks like because I haven't received one...yet.]

Please Note: 
Most of the ads I have on my blog are for companies that I have used in the past or do use currently in writing my family stories.  [You didn't think I did all that research by myself, did you?]  In addition, all of my ads do pertain to family, history, genealogy, family stories, research, and the like.  Every now and again, I do mention one of the companies in my stories, but only if it pertains to the research I did and the resulting story.  I am not paid for these mentions [but if someone wanted to pay me...].  No, I won't do it, at least, not on Family Stories, but maybe on another blog.  [These blogs are addicting, aren't they?]  Also, I don't do reviews on Family Stories simply because I haven't figured out a way to craft a story around the review of a genealogical product or service.  But if I have an "Eureka!" moment one evening as I'm drifting between wakefulness and "totally out-of-it complete with drooling" slumber, then you'll be the first to know and I'll revise this disclosure doodad thingy.  [I think the proper, business-like, totally government, thus boring, term is "disclosure statement." Yup, I'm making a statement, all right. *snort.*]

Mama's Whatnot
Basically, what I mean is if anything changes, I'll let you know because the Lord knows I don't want any trouble around here.  Well, other than the trouble I have of figuring out all my "Mary's," "Polly's," [rolling eyes heavenward] murders, and whatnot.  This way, I know that you know [Goodness, what is it that we know?] ~ Oh yes, that we all know that Mama's got some family stories that she wants to share with you AND Mama's got some bills to pay.

There.  That's Family Stories' Disclosure Statement in a nutshell [or two]. 


  1. I really enjoyed your post! I added some 'what-nots' to my website, too, and have wondered, should I? Should I not? You made me feel good about it. IF, like you said, I ever get a commission!

    (Smiling broadly here) I did click on the blog post name thinking I was going to read about your mother's "what-nots" though! But not disappointed!

    Have a wonderful Merry Christmas!

  2. I love it! I especially enjoyed the "Mary" "Polly" remark. I have some of those lurking in my tree too!

    By the way, you mean you aren't raking in the dollars with your blog?

  3. Sherry, I'm glad you liked it. Just wanted to make something boring fun. I think it's OK to advertise. I'm not pushing anything I haven't tried and/or the products are definitely related and helpful to those who might be interested. Also, I love the word, "whatnot."

    No, I'm not raking in the bucks with my blog, but I haven't made a concerted effort to market Family Stories to outside the "genealogy" world. Now, I'm starting. Good luck with your own new blog journey, and may it be everything you want it to be. =)


  4. Add me to the list who thought this was an article about your mother's whatnot shelf. I can't believe the hoops you have to jump through.... And we're in the middle of that paying for college thing - ouch. Funniest disclaimer I've read.


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