The protection of your privacy when you visit this site is very important to me. These are the basics of my approach to web privacy:
- I don’t ask for your information unless I actually need it, and in cases where any additional information is gathered (like demographics, opinions, or other poll topics), participation will be entirely voluntary.
- I don’t share your information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop my products, or protect my rights.
- Your information is not stored on the server unless it is necessary for the operation of the site.
I am currently a sole operator and this is a website devoted primarily to providing visitors like you with useful information, and providing myself a platform to promote my own work, whether it’s books or art or whatever else I may end up making. I’m also a fan of privacy, and my basic policy here, which is stated in somewhat longer form by the more legal language below, is that I’ll collect as little personal information as I can, guard that information and not sell it off, and generally consider the primary goal of this site to provide value to you, so I’m not here to exploit you or your information. I consider my visitors to be fond acquaintances and friends, not assets.
Like most websites, this site collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The purpose of collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how visitors use this website. These usage statistics help me determine what content is most useful to site visitors, and how I can improve the content and services here.
This site also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our blogs. This site only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left. IPs are also used in the administration of security on the site, to block attacks on the site and blacklist spammers.
Certain visitors to this website choose to interact with me and the site in ways that require the gathering of personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information gathered depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, visitors who comment on the blog are asked to provide a username and email address, or log in with credentials for other social sites. Those who wish to receive updates via email, their names and emails are collected. In each case, the site collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the site. I do not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
This site discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on my behalf or to provide services available on the site, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using this website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. (For example, to solve a problem with your email address subscription may require enlisting staff at MailChimp to help. I don’t have any employees or contractors, but you never know what the future may hold, so we’ll keep this legalese here, just in case.) We will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, this site discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other legal governmental request, or when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of myself, third parties or the public at large.
Newsletter Sign-Up and Privacy
When email newsletters are sent through MailChimp, the service will collect individual data like whether emails were opened or read, how many subscribers did not open the email, and so on, which helps me to know which emails are most appealing to readers, which content generates the most interest and reader response, and so on, so that I can more specifically tailor both my content and my messages to your preferences. (And please feel free to contact me if you have a suggestion you’d like to share, whether it’s a topic to cover or a pet peeve about the emails you receive or anything else, really.)
Websites you visit via links from this site, such as other blogs that may be linked, Amazon product pages, or generally other sites outside of this one, have their own cookie and privacy policies, and may collect other data, including cookies that can persist for a longer period of time, track your buying and browsing habits, or serve you ads that you might find relevant.
Protection from Tracking Across the Web
Participation in Affiliate Programs
I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Basically what this means is that many or most of the links on this site to products, such as books or writing tools, are affiliate links. Should you make a purchase by following those links from this site, I’ll receive a small commission, which helps to pay hosting and other fees to keep this site going (and books to help with research for my many research-heavy post topics). Your support is very much appreciated, and if you’re planning to purchase any of the books I’ve recommended (such as those from the Horse Writing recommended reading list), I hope that you’ll do so through my links so I can earn the commission for it. There is no additional cost to you for purchasing through my affiliate links.