Who I am
Types of data I collect
All right, here’s the type of info this website might be collecting and what it means for you.
Most web browsers default to accepting cookies (much like my default is to accept actual cookies), but you can change those settings if you want. Google away to find the easiest way to deny, deny, deny cookies. You can totally still browse around my site if you’ve disabled cookies, by the way. No punishment if your hand’s in the cookie jar.
When you come to my corner of the web, I use a third-party service, the all-powerful Google Analytics, to collect pretty standard, run-of-the-mill internet log information and visitor behavior patterns. Why? To wrap my head around who’s visiting what parts of my site, the most popular content, how long you spend poring through the blog… This information is only processed in a way that NEVER EVER attempts to figure out who you are. I don’t make or allow Google to make any attempt to figure out who’s visiting my website. I don’t need to know your favorite color, what boy band you danced to in your bedroom in the 90s, and whether you’re Team Jacob or Team Edward. I mean, I’d LOVE to know, but only if you wanna share.
If I’m lucky enough to have you sign up for my handy dandy newsletter, you should know I do collect some personal information. Like when you signed up, where you signed up, and, of course, your email address. I do this for a few (very logical, totally legit) reasons: to keep you in the loop about stuff I’m pretty sure you’d like to know about, to get in touch if I need some additional info from you, to make sure my records are up-to-par, and to make sure you’re a happy camper. I would NEVER rent or trade email lists with other organizations or businesses.
I use MailChimp, a third-party provider, to deliver my newsletter from here to your inbox. (And I’m so thankful to land there, by the way.) MailChimp helps me understand what emails you’re opening and what you’re clicking on (both pretty standard practices, FYI) to help me keep tabs on and improve my newsletter. For more information, head on over to MailChimp’s privacy notice.
Of utmost importance: You can totally unsubscribe to the newsletter any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email I’ve sent you or by emailing me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scheduling + Payment Processing
I use third-party scheduling software, Acuity, to keep my calendar humming along. When you schedule an appointment with me through my calendar, some personal information is collected, like your name, email address, and phone number (so I can call you for our meeting, of course). Submitting your information through Acuity does not mean I’m just gonna go ahead and add you to my newsletter list nor does it mean I’m going to eagerly add to you to my contact list on my trusty iPhone. This information is only used for appointment purposes and is stored within Acuity. You can also submit payments through Acuity when scheduling an appointment. I never see your payment information, aside from that you ACTUALLY paid, which is important ‘cuz ain’t nothing for free. For more info on Acuity’s privacy policies, click on over here.
Links to Other Websites
Yeah, from time to time, I link to other websites, whether it’s some information that relates to what I’m talking about or a product or service I freakin’ love. I know you know this, but I have no control over those sites, only this one here. So that means I’m not responsible for what those sites do with your information. Best to check their privacy policies if you’ve got any concerns. But I totally wouldn’t lead you down a dark and narrow alley, I swear.
Children and Privacy
There’s no explicit content here (unless you count some crude language, which I guess does count now that I think about it), but children under 13 still need to get permission from their parents, guardians, or watchdogs to opt-in. But…this site is really geared toward grown-ups who have professional, important-type jobs so I’m not sure how many tweens are browsing around. No shade, just sayin’.
Access to Your Personal Information
Your personal data is yours – always and forever. You 1000% have the right to view, make changes to, or totally delete any personal information I have. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, just shoot me an email at email@example.com and I’ll take care of it ASAP.