My living is media. I am the co-founder of Packet Pushers Interactive, LLC. Some content on packetpushers.net is sponsored and clearly marked as such. That’s how I get paid. However, nothing on ethancbanks.com is sponsored.
Vendors comp my travel. Vendors frequently pay for airfare, food, and lodging so that I’ll attend their event. Sometimes they also provide a trivial gift to thank me for showing up.
Make up your own mind. Just because I talk about it doesn’t mean you should buy it or design it that way.