A Word of Caution

Those of you who have a WordPress blog will be aware that digging through the statistical information in the Dashboard page can throw up all sorts of interesting information. I was poking around there earlier tonight and I came upon a referrer. I traced it back and with a little sleuthing found that an entry of mine had been quoted in an eBay auction, essentially to authenticate that what the seller said about his/her pen was true.

I put information up here for public use. However, I do wish to strike a note of caution. When I began this blog, I said that I was no expert on the history of pens. I might get it wrong. I try not to, but better people than me make mistakes, even in the standard works on fountain pens.

So what I’m saying is this: if you sell someone a pen that you have “authenticated” by reference to this blog, and the buyer gets a little fractious about it because it’s something other than what you said it was, you’re on your own. I don’t give permission for my blog entries to be directly quoted or referred to to support sales.

For non-commercial purposes, I’ll be perfectly happy for anyone to refer to the blog or quote from it, provided it’s credited. After all, the information I put up here is for sharing within the hobby. I just feel that, given what has happened, I need to cover my back a little. I like my house and I really want to keep it…


2 thoughts on “A Word of Caution

  1. Deb – I speak only for myself of course, but believe there would be a consensus among your readers that we would also like for you to keep your house…and your computer and your books of reference and your assorment of pens of course, so that you will be inclined to keep providing us with such informative and articulate commentary. We will keep our fingers crossed that your disclaimer is effective and that there are no litigants lurking in the bushes.

    1. Thank you for your kind words.

      Finding a blog entry referred to in that way was a little startling, but I believe I’ve said enough to cover that kind of eventuality in the future.

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