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…