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I no longer do sponsored content or in-depth equipment reviews on the blog. However, if your product or service is something I like and think my readers might be interested in, I will consider promoting it in through my various social media channels.
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I don’t accept payment or other compensation to publish content here on Val in Real Life that was written by other people.
I do occasionally offer the opportunity for other writers to share their thoughts with my readers. These are generally other bloggers I know personally who I respect and enjoy reading, people who have something important to say, and who I want to support. I don’t publish farmed content. Ever.
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