First, let’s lay it out on the table: this blog isn’t financially driven. I blog because I love it. I blog because I think it does great things for my writing and my understanding of people. And I blog because I think it helps people. My primary means of supporting myself is freelance copywriting and content strategy work and book sales (which are indirectly connected to blogging, but would both go on without the blog as well). I do use affiliate links (for products I already love and plan on recommending), I review products from time to time, and I’m going to start occasionally offering sponsors the opportunity to sponsor a link round-up or other post, but hopefully not so often as to feel overwhelming to anyone.

That said, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to disclose whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations. So here goes…

Per the FTC rules, if I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to disclose this. Ditto if I use an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo, same deal. Disclaimers all over the place. This would be tedious for me and even more tedious for readers. But rules is rules. To cover my ass and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every link and product I use, the following all hold true:


           
Writer probably also got free or discounted accommodations, plane tickets, train tickets, tours, spa days, admission, puppy snuggles, and advice.

Privacy Policy: For users in the EU and UK, please note that this site uses Google Analytics and opt-in emails are controlled by MailChimp. This site only collects data from you when you choose to interact with us in the following ways:

:: By signing up for email newsletters.
When you sign up for one of the email newsletters on this site, we’ll ask you for your email address, which we use to send you said newsletters. You can opt in or out of newsletters at any time. We never sell this data.

:: By signing up for my DIY Website Workshop.
The DIY sign up form is through MailChimp and requests your email and first and last name. I use this information to send you the DIY Website Workshop course materials and may also use it to ask you for feedback or let you know about things like Q&A sessions, program updates, or other relevant stuff. We do not sell this list/your data. You can opt out of the emails at any time during or after the course.

:: By participating in surveys.
Occasionally, this site will run a small survey on how we can improve, what you (the readers) want to see next, and/or questions related to travel, books, and other topics featured herein. Surveys are run through SurveyMonkey and/or Google forms. We use this data as stated in the request for each survey (usually to improve the content here on the site and/or to collect and share large data trends). Participation in surveys is always optional. When we collect data in surveys, we may share quotes and larger data trends publicly, but will never share personal details (your email address or contact information, for instance) without your express consent.

:: By purchasing books or products.
If you choose to purchase a travel guide or other product through this site, those purchase processes are handled by e-Junkie and PayPal. Please see their privacy policies for specifics of how they collect and use data. As for us, the only way we will use your data is to provide you with the product you ordered and/or to contact you if needed (for example: if there is something wrong with your order). We do not sell this data or use it for marketing.

:: By using the contact form on this website or emailing us.
Any personal data you provide in your emails will not be used publicly or shared without your express permission. Your emails are not added to any mailing lists (unless you specifically opt in) and this data is not used for marketing purposes.

:: By commenting on the site.
When you comment on this site, we ask for name and email address, as well as comment. This information is collected in WordPress and only used if or when we specifically need to contact you to follow up on a comment. It is not used for marketing purposes or shared with third parties.

This site uses Google Analytics to track things like page views, number of monthly visitors, and overall trends. Google Analytics may collect information such as browser type, location, operating system, and name of internet provider. This information is not linked with any personal data and is used to track trends and improve the site.

We may also collect data automatically through our use of cookies on the Website. 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.

MailChimp also tells us when our newsletters are opened, which links you’ve clicked on within the newsletter, and the country you are in.

This Website and our services are aimed at adults, and we do not knowingly collect any Personal Data relating to children aged under 15 years old. If you are under the age of 15, please do not provide us with any of your Personal Data, including your email address.

You have the legal right to contact us to find out what personal data we have for you, to ask us to change your personal data, or to ask us to delete your personal data. Please use the contact form on this website if you’d like to speak to us about personal data.

We will only use your Personal Data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to have an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us.
If we need to use your Personal Data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

Pages and blog posts 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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

This is not a business, but the personal website of author Gigi Griffis. We do not have a physical business address, but can always be contacted through the form on this site.

(Blueprint for this page courtesy of Tim Ferris. Illustrations courtesy of Louis Gray and Jeannine Schafer)