I realize I’ve never stated this clearly and unequivocally before so now it’s time to do it.
A week or so ago, you saw an email from a producer who offered to send me a free copy of his film in exchange for a good word from me on the blog. While I haven’t yet received any offers for a free gold-plated limousine (yet! :P), I do occasionally receive “quid pro quo” offers – do X for me and we’ll do Y for you – including free stays at hotels, etc.
My policy is and shall always be that I do not do anything in exchange for anything else, unless it’s publicly revealed here on the blog, out in the open, for everyone to know about it.
Therefore I declined the offer for a free film, even though it’s not a big deal, simply because I don’t work like that. I checked out the trailer and the film producers seemed like nice guys, therefore I gave them a mention. I’m always supportive of independent artists of all stripes and I’m guessing they filmed their documentary on their own dime.
All the blogs and websites I link to in my sidebar are there because I think they’re a good read. I do not get anything from them (except perhaps a link back) unless I state otherwise.
All the good words I’ve said about some organizations (Let’s Do It, Romania, Scena Deschisa, etc) are my honest opinions, not “bought” in any way.
The only products I’ve ever urged anyone to buy are my own books, which keep me in beer and skittles. I sincerely doubt I’ll ever host advertising or anything of the like as I write this blog for my own pleasure, not to pimp other people’s stuff.
Nobody has accused me of anything dishonest but just me knowing how Romania is and how Romanians (sometimes) think, just wanted to make everything crystal clear.
AND NOW YOU KNOW!