This website uses cookies to analyse traffic and to optimize your experience.  Details of the type of data I collect and how it’s used are included below.

Website Traffic and Analysis

When you visit this website, your IP address is detected by Wordfence, the security plug-in used on this site, and by Google Analytics.  The privacy policies and data protection these services offer are outside of my control, so I recommend you visit those websites and read their privacy policies as well.

Traffic analysis data is used to learn where visitors are located, how they find this website, and how they access and navigate through the content.  I aim to provide the best visitor experience I can, and this data can give insight about website performance.

Contact Messages

You can send a private email message using the form on the Contact page.  Your name, email address and message are used for the purpose of responding to your message, when appropriate.

Comments and Spam Protection

All comments and contact messages are filtered by Akismet to prevent or reduce spam messages.  This service is provided by the company Automattic.

Comments are held for approval as a second layer of spam protection.  You must include your name (or nickname) and email address with your comment, but only your name will be displayed.  If you’re logged into a WordPress account when you submit a comment, your WordPress website address and custom avatar will also be displayed with your approved comments.

Newsletter subscriptions

I use MailPoet to send my newsletters and manage my mailing list.  When you subscribe to my mailing list, you’ll receive a confirmation email and will only begin receiving messages from me in your inbox after you have confirmed your subscription.  This is to prevent accidental or third party sign-ups.  Your email address is required for the subscription and you can change it or customize your information at any time.

You are welcome to share your name or nickname for more personalized messages but that information is not required.  If provided, that information will be kept confidential and you can remove or change it yourself at any time.

If you are selected for a subscriber reward such as a book giveaway, I may need to send you a direct email message to request more information (such as your mailing address to send physical books), but you are free to decline any such offers.  Any additional information you provide to me will be kept confidential and used only for the purpose stated in the request.

Data Removal Requests

If you have shared private information with me or this website and would like to request that I remove the information, please send your request to me from my Contact page.  I will remove all data that is not collected by a third party, such as Google, or security features on this website.