My privacy is important to me, and therefore your privacy is also important to me.
For the most part, when you land on this site, you’re invisible. However, if you comment, the information you choose to provide (email, name, etc) does get transmitted to me. Your IP and originating county is also transmitted. Why? It’s used for my purposes by the various plug-ins I have active that are meant to stop spam and hacking.
For statistical purposes, very basic data is maintained; what pages are looked at, how long a section is viewed, keywords and searches used to find the material, and the source URL (search engine, Facebook, private email – no I don’t know anything more than the link referral came from an email source, including not knowing anything about that email address, etc).
It’s extremely annoying when I have had my email, phone, etc. sold to marketers and third parties. I won’t do it to you. Period. However if you click on an ad on the page, Google’s Adsense policy and/or the settings within your browser become relevant.
As with most other websites, the blog’s internal statistical engine collects and uses the data contained in log files. The information in the log files may include the IP (internet protocol) address associated with the system/connection used to access the page, the browser used to access the page, the time and date, and which pages of the site were visited by that same IP in the same session.
Cookies and Web Beacons
Cookies are used to store information, such as your personal preferences when you visit our site. This could include only showing you a popup once in your visit, or the ability to login to some of our features, such as forums. If you don’t want the site to function in this way, disable cookies in your browser.
I write for two reasons, well three. First, I write because if I don’t I kinda get loony. Second, I write because I think that maybe someone out there somewhere might find it either encouraging to some degree, or maybe something I say will make them think… and the third reason is to pay my bills. I don’t particularly do well in a typical job, I’m a Mama, a writer, a musician, and I’d rather live in a tree to be honest (though that would make high speed access somewhat more challenging than my current setup). So, you might see something on the site that is advertising something that totally annoys you, or it might actually work right and turn out relevant to you. If something happens to catch your interest, I’d so appreciate your magic click and heh, maybe you’ll find something you were looking for (or didn’t know you were, but discovered you couldn’t live without).
The browser you’re using, if it accepts cookies, etc., will know approximately where you are (or at least where you tell it you are). This information may be transmitted to the advertising agency in a form that is anonymous (or perhaps may have your IP tagged to it) so that they can generate ads that might actually be useful to you. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).
Now, if you send me an email, I will have your email address. If you tell me your name, I’ll have that too. However, I’m not into stalking exactly so I won’t invade your inbox unwelcome. I might respond, and if I do, you’re welcome to tell me to never do so again. Or, we might end up great friends and business partners. Who knows.
If you comment on the site, you have some options. Currently, you can comment anonymously or you can give your info. If you give your email, that is posted to the world. If you only input the email in the comment form, no one but me sees it and I will respect it. What you say in comments however becomes free game.. for everyone. Please understand that is the nature of commenting.
If you guest post, and I don’t manage to somehow get you the dox related, please remind me with vigor.
Thanks everyone! I hope you’ll find something here useful.