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The Fine Print

OK. Here’s the Fine Print Remix. In plain English.

First.

I’m not a doctor. I’m not even a Registered Dietician (Thank goodness!), though I do have post-graduate training in nutrition, an extensive career in horticulture and environmental science, not to mention a mad penchant for research. (More about me.)

What can I say? I’m a geek for what I care about, and I like to really take apart a subject, and look at it from many angles.

Please know that although I do my very best to provide credible, defensible information that might make a difference in your life (like it has mine), this blog reflects my personal experience and nothing I write is in any way meant to constitute medical advice.

Ultimately you are response-able for making your own informed decisions about your diet, lifestyle, and healthcare. Google is Your Friend.

And, for heaven’s sake, please don’t print out one of my articles and take it to your health care practitioner as “evidence” of anything!

Bloggers are SECONDARY sources of information, and no credible medical or dental professional will be swayed by anything other than PRIMARY sources of information—such as the writings of other scientists and experts.

This is why I provide primary sources in my articles whenever possible, usually listed as links within the text and/or as resources at the end of the post.

Print those out and nail your doctor with them. :D

Second.

I moderate comments.

Yup. It’s my site, so I can do that. I usually don’t, even when a commenter disagrees with the post at hand, because I respect feedback and dialogue A LOT. It’s how we best learn new things and evolve in spirit—when we do it with an open mind and compassionate heart to each other, anyway.

And that’s why I moderate comments.

I will brook no trolls.* Period.

Also, if you publish an anonymous comment, or a comment with an email address that doesn’t work, or a link to a private company, your comment will be considered spam by my blog software and eliminated.

* Troll – /trol/ noun. Someone who posts condescending, inflammatory, ad hominem, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. I would also include in this definition, people who buzz in for one comment to angrily disagree, but have no sense of the mission, history or audience of the blog, and no intention of staying for a respectful dialogue.

Third.

This may come as a surprise, but blogging ain’t free. It ain’t even cheap, especially if you have a popular blog.

Some of the costs of running a blog include: internet hosting and site security costs; software costs for manipulating photos, video and other media; graphic design and photography; food for recipe development; mailing list or membership management; secure forums; “blog hop” linky service; plugins that enhance your experience using the website, and more…

On a great blog, it can really add up. Some of your favorite, most popular blogs probably cost as much as $300-500 a month to run!

So what does all this mean?

In the Four Pillars of SustainabilityPeople + Planet + Purpose + Profit, Small Footprint Family has the first three covered pretty well, but really needs to make a regular income to be truly sustainable.

Don’t we all.

For many stay-at-home moms (and people who can’t work “regular” jobs because of disability or illness), blogging is much more than a moderately expensive hobby. For us, blogging, crafting for Etsy shops, and running online stores are a form of “right livelihood.” A “business of the heart” that (hopefully) makes both a difference in the world and a much-needed difference for the financial health and self-sufficiency of our families.

Popular blogs are, in fact, small businesses, and, like most small businesses, their owners usually treat the work that goes into their websites like a real job they are passionate about doing well.

That’s how I feel about Small Footprint Family, anyway. :)

This means that many, but not all, of the products or ingredients mentioned in my posts are affliliate links or sponsored ads (including Amazon.com) that provide me with a small commission when you click through and buy the product.

By linking to the products I use myself, I really hope to make it easy for you to find the ingredients and resources you need to make those yummy, grain-free dishes, or build that compost pile, or make your own household cleaners.

It costs you nothing extra, and really helps keep this blog afloat. You can trust that I only link to companies I respect who make products that are good for you, your family, and Creation.

To a great extent, every dollar we spend is a vote for how we want the world to be.

In fact, we “vote” more often and more effectively with our money than we do actually pulling a lever at the polls. Please consider the sponsored ads and affiliate links on this site your ballot for health and true sustainability—vetted by me. :)

So, if you like what you read here, and would like to see it continue, it would be most generous of you to purchase your real food ingredients and other natural living items through the links, sponsors and bookstore on this site.

Thank you so much for your support!

In abundance,

Dawn

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Whew.

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