This document is intended to outline the kinds of personal data collected on and how such information is collected, used and stored in compliance with 2018 GDPR laws.

Below details this site’s privacy policy. If you have any questions or queries, please contact me via email:

What kinds of personal data are collected on this site and why?

When visiting the site, non-identifiable data such as browser information is collected, which contributes to my site’s statistics. This data is viewed using Google Analytics and WordPress Statistics, and solely used for the purpose of monitoring my site’s performance.

When commenting on an articlethe following data types of the site reader/user are collected:

  • Name or username
  • Email address
  • IP address
  • Website URL* (where applicable)

This data is collected for the purpose of identifying those people leaving public comments on articles and is required in order to leave such comments, with the exception of IP address which is automatically tracked. It is therefore always given with the user’s consent.

When ‘liking’ an article, the following data types of the site reader/user are collected:

  • Username
  • IP address
  • Website URL

This data is collected for the purpose of identifying those people ‘liking’ articles. The user is required to log in to a public account (e.g. WordPress) in order to ‘like’ an article.

When following the site, such action can be taken in one of two ways.

  1. Subscribing to email alerts using the Subscription widget in the sidebar
  2. Clicking the ‘Follow’ button provided by WordPress, resulting in my articles appearing in the user’s personalised newsfeed

When subscribing to email alerts, the user must voluntarily provide the email address with which they wish to be contacted. It is therefore given and used with consent, and never passed on to third parties or used for spamming purposes. The user also has the option to unsubscribe if they no longer wish to receive email alerts.

When clicking the Follow button, the user must be logged into their WordPress account and voluntarily click the Follow button themselves. This action is therefore taken with the user’s consent.#

When contacting the site, such action can be taken in one of the following ways:

  1. Via email, using the given address
  2. Via Facebook, using the given link
  3. Via Twitter, using the given link
  4. Via Instagram, using the given link
  5. Via the contact form on the site’s Contact Me page

When using email, the user consents to using their own personal email address, which will be viewable by myself unless protected by privacy settings put in place by the user.

When using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, the user must have their own account with the respective platform in order to make contact and is therefore responsible for any personal data which is made available to the public.

When using the contact form, the user is asked for their name or username, their email address, and their website URL (where applicable). The user must enter these details voluntarily and it is therefore assumed that consent is given. This data is never published or passed on to third parties.

How do I protect your information?

I wouldn’t want my personal information splashed on a public page, so I’m assuming you guys aren’t keen on the idea either. Therefore, the protection of your personal data is taken pretty seriously and I will take all practicable measures to ensure it is secure.

The only individual who has access to this site (and all related social media and other sites, i.e. SiteGround, GoDaddy, Google Analytics) is myself, with the exception of WordPress and SiteGround, for software updates and performance monitoring purposes. All individuals with access to your information through this site are required by law to keep such information completely confidential. I don’t write down passwords, which are regularly changed, and I don’t log in on public devices, i.e. work/library computers, or devices belonging to other people.

The only information that is collected automatically is your IP address (in case you turn out to be a law-breaking troll and you need to be tracked down) and browser data for the purpose of tracking my own statistics using Google Analytics and WordPress Statistics. All other data must be given and submitted voluntarily and is protected by SSL technology to keep it safe (this is indicated by the https:// in my URL).

I also never ask for credit card information. If I appear to be asking you for those details — it’s not me!! Run!!

For how long is this information stored?

Data taken to monitor site performance and statistics is retained indefinitely.

Comments and likes on articles are stored and displayed inevitably, until:

  • the user deletes the comment or like
  • I choose to delete the comment, like, post or even blog

Deleting of the comment will only occur if I deem the comment to be hateful in some way (i.e. homophobic, transphobic ableist, racist, sexist, xenophobic, abusive or just plain nasty).

Subscribers’ information is stored for as long as that user wishes to be subscribed. It is notable that the option to unsubscribe is always available to the user.]

Regarding Cookies (not the edible kind)

Cookies are small files that a website or its service provider transfers to the user’s computer hard drive through their web browser; they enable the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognise your browser, and capture and remember certain information. Cookies are placed on the device used by the viewer and remember when that device accessed the site. Cookies monitor user behaviour whilst browsing, but they do not collect personal information; therefore, if you use the contact form on my Contact Me page more than once on the same device, your name and other information may be automatically entered (but not submitted).

This site uses Cookies to collect information on browsing behaviour only and are intended to improve both site performance and user experience. This site’s use of cookies is indicated by the pop-up bar at the bottom of the screen when a user visits the site. By continuing to use the site, the user consents to the presence and use of Cookies. These Cookies will last for 180 days, after which time the user will be asked to consent to the use of Cookies again.

Please note: the user has the option (and the responsibility) to (a) have their device warn them of the use of cookies each time, and (b) turn off all cookies. This is done by the user in their browser settings and is not the responsibility of this site’s owner.

Third parties

Occasionally, at my discretion, I may include links to other articles, images or videos on my website.  These websites may collect data, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking and monitor your interaction with that embedded content. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. I therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, I seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

Sharing your data

I do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information unless required to do so by law or for giveaways where I collaborate with a brand. An example of this is choosing a winner and needing to pass on the winner’s information to the brand in order for the user to claim their prize. Giveaways and collaborations of this kind will always be clearly detailed. By entering these kinds of giveaways, consent of the sharing of this information is assumed; therefore, if the user does not consent to this information being shared, the user should not enter such giveaways.

User rights

Where a user has left comments, they can request to receive an exported file containing the personal data held about them by the site, including any data that has been provided to me. The user can also request that any and all information or personal data held by the site is erased. Please note: this request would not under any circumstances include data that the site is obliged to keep for administrative, legal or security purposes.

Any extra information?

As previously mentioned, this website is secured by SSL as indicated by the https:// in the URL. This site is also protected by an online firewall which blocks hacking attempts and security breaches. In the event of a breach or security issue, I will be contacted by my security provider immediately; the risk to personal data will be assessed and any significant risks will be reported as necessary.

In regards to user comments, an anonymised strong created from the user’s email address may be provided to the Gravitar service to detect whether or not that individual uses the service. Gravatar has their own privacy policy which is separate to my own and can be viewed on their website. After the user’s comment has been approved by myself, their given profile picture will be visible to the public in the context of the relevant comment. The user can choose whether or not they would like to be notified via email of follow-up comments and/or new posts when leaving a comment. These are optional and only the user can opt in.

If you could like to discuss any of the information or guidelines detailed in the above document, please contact me via email using the following email address:


This document was last updated on the 23rd May 2018 and will be reviewed and updated regularly.