Blog Policy

“The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.”

So says this quote I’ve been seeing for a long time now in my Facebook news feed. I’ve been blogging for some time now, and I’ve realized that if I don’t keep my eyes peeled—I’ll end up as among the ones I originally disdain. I don’t want to sell out this blog as of now, as I have different plans for this place.

Inspired by Marketman and his refusal to commercialize his blog, and the no-holds-barred posting of the gentlemen over at Return of Kings, I’ve laid down this sort of blog policy page. This is in addition to the author’s note section indicated before and after some entries.

I highly encourage you to read the terms below, before proceeding.

1.) All content—text and images—in this blog are original, and content taken from other sources will be attributed to its original owner/s. As the blog owner, I am entitled to full editorial control over the content appearing in this blog. In line with this, I do not accept collaborations with marketing / social media / advertising agencies. Unless you’re Don Draper.

2.) Products reviewed in this blog have been paid for by yours truly, and have been chosen because of their benefits obtained during the course of use.

3.) Don’t expect to find press release (PR) articles here; this is a personal blog, not a publicity mouthpiece. I established The Monching’s Guide as a repository of original work – not a place parroting content that isn’t mine. I follow a strict rule of non-collaboration with “content mill” websites such as the likes of BuzzFeed, Gawker, etc.

4.) The opinions / views expressed in this blog do not represent that of my employer or any institution I am, was, or will be connected to. All opinions here are that of mine as the owner and administrator of The Monching’s Guide.

5.) The comments section is moderated, with anonymous commenting prohibited as a standard rule. Everyone is encouraged to keep conversations civil. A one-strike policy is implemented here; spout out pointless drivel and you will be shown the door.

6.) I personally am not a fan of tagging people in posts, being tagged by people in posts, and chain letter entries. So let me warn you that you might be disappointed if you do not get a reply from me, which is to be expected as I do not join the bandwagon.

7.) The Monching’s Guide is a Filipino blog made primarily with a Filipino audience in mind. Thus, do not expect me to engage with foreigners. Likewise, let me make it clear that gaijins / gweilos and their shameless promotion are not welcome at this blog. However, I am relaxing this rule if you are a blogger from Southeast Asia – as countries in this region share a lot of cultural similarities.

8.) Be it known that this blog contains abrasive and / or triggering content; thus, it is not for the faint of heart. Accordingly, I will not be held liable for any distress that may happen in the course of reading entries here.

9.) This is a food and general lifestyle blog – so topics such as sports, religion, and politics are not welcome here. Discuss them somewhere else.

10.) You don’t like what I post here? Spare me the drama and ranting; that’s why the Back and Close buttons exist in your browser. I don’t adjust my opinions to pander to certain people, and I’m not forcing visitors to read at gunpoint.