WE BLOG THE WORLD (WBTW) is a travel and lifestyle site dedicated to Transformative Travel. In addition to original content provided by founder Renee Blodgett and a handful of others, the site syndicates content from other writers.
WBTW abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. This site does contain content which might present a conflict of interest and this content is identified in the following ways:
Client or Advisor Affiliations: I advise some companies on marketing and PR, sometimes as a client, sometimes as an advisor. In these cases, I disclose that I have some affiliation with the company at the end of the post or within the context of the post.
Other affiliations and awards/kudos include organizations where I have served on the Advisory Board or received recognition due to my professional efforts. I have served as a judge for the Travel & Leisure Smitty Awards and was selected as a Bay Area Digital Influencer by the United Nations.
Additionally I have served as co-curator of TEDxBerkeley since 2010 which is a non-profit organization and drove content efforts for the one-time event TEDxUNPlaza, the only TEDx event held at the United Nations. Curators volunteer their time and therefore are not paid — as part of my volunteer and co-curator contribution, I cover the event on social media and write about it.
I am currently on the advisory board for Shocase, an exclusive global social network for the brightest minds in the marketing, communications and creative industries and Transformative Technology Lab, whose goal is to help engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs create new tools for the well-being of humanity.
Advertising & Sponsored Content: this site accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.
The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this site. That content, advertising space or post which receives any financial compensation will “live” in the section called Partners on the site. This section is where we publish all product and company sponsored posts.
The content under Partners is different than corporate partners or destination hosts who might act as a trip or event host where I and other writers may be invited but there is no financial compensation.
Hosts & Corporate Partners: the content for hosts and corporate partners can be found in the section we call Community. The community content in which we collaborate with a corporate partner or host, no financial compensation is received but both sides receive other benefits.
Occasionally writers you read on the site and I are hosted by a destination, hotel or restaurant when we travel, but are not told what to write or how to write it. Opinions in these cases expressed are my own – if an experience is bad, you won’t find me raving about it. I ask that writers on the site provide the same level of disclosure when they are hosted — WBTW does the best it can to maintain ethical guidelines and disclosure.
See our Corporate Partners and Hosts Page for some of the corporate and destination hosts we have collaborated with over the years.
Product Reviews: sometimes we receive products/items to review, however we are not financially compensated to provide opinion nor told what to write. These articles “live” in our product review sections, under Lifestyle Products, Style/Wear, Gear, Wellness Products and Tech/Mobile. All opinions expressed are entirely our own. If a piece on a product is paid for, it will be posted in the Partners section to differentiate that it is a sponsored post vis a vis an editorial review.
Please note that I only endorse products or services that I believe in and based on my expertise and experience, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
In the case of Wellness Products, please note that I am not a doctor or medical expert, so all opinions in trying a wellness or health-related product are based on personal experience only. In all cases, readers should seek professional advice from their health practitioner before trying any product or service.
Media Partners: WBTW also participates as media partners from time-to-time at events, where there is a mutual exchange of promotion but no financial compensation is received. Media partners can be found at the bottom of our Corporate Partners and Hosts Page and at the bottom of our Media Page.
WBTW has been a media partner at several events including the following: