What a great piece. At the end, she writes:
“[I]f you’re doing it for a company (directly) and for money or some other reward, or otherwise gaining some kind of benefit from association with that company, then I do believe you lose your objectivity.”
I tend to agree. My blog is published by Information Today. I write a column for their (almost) monthly magazine. I receive payment for speaking and organizing tracks at their conferences. Have I lost my objectivity? Maybe. Do I care? Not really. Because my readers (supposedly) get a lot out whatever I do for this blog, their conferences, and their magazine and I am paid for doing that. Do I criticize ITI more than, say, ALA or LJ? Of course not. I wouldn’t bite the hand that feeds me. Would you? Doubtful.
So, if I’ve lost my objectivity or if you see me as being biased towards one vendor over another, and don’t like that, you know where the unsubscribe button resides on your reader (ah, the power of opt-in). But, if you like what I do and don’t care about who pays me for it, keep reading the blog.
That said, take a long look at LIB’s post. We have differing thoughts on the subject and it’s much more important to understand the other side of any issue (which is why I watch FOXNews).