data you give to me and what I do with it

How you give your data…

…to the site is hosted by Bluehost (privacy policy). To the best of my knowledge, they never interact directly with data collected on this site.


When a listener leaves comments on any post, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

I use Google analytics (privacy policy – dense) and MonsterInsights (privacy policy dense) to track user location, time spent on the site and the browser being used. I will never sell or rent this information to any third party. I only track it to gauge the projects success and look for areas of improvement.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

…to the podcast

When you podcatcher(various policies) downloads an episode, it is reported back to my podcast host Buzzsprout (privacy policy – clear) so I can know how many times an episode has been listened to.

I also use Chartable (privacy policy) for finer grain data on when the episodes are being downloaded and where. This allows me to find the best times available for release. Also it is finer on geographic location, which for me, is just fun to know if there is a group of listeners in a particular city. All of this is anonymized and I certainly don’t have the know-how to do anything meaningful with it. Chartable does, however, track information on your online habits to support it’s services and can lump this information into large scale reports for internal or external use(for advertisers). The easiest way to opt out of this is to listen in a browser with a Do Not Track plugin.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.