Privacy Policy

Who I am

My website address is: and my name is Nicola Smith.

What personal data I collect and why I collect it


When visitors subscribe to my blog, I collect the data requested to enable me to send you an email notification of new posts. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.


When visitors leave comments on the site I 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 anonymised 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.

Contact forms

When visitors complete the contact form on my site I collect the data requested. This is only ever used by me for the purposes of getting back in touch with you and responding to your contact.


If you leave a comment on my 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. You can disable cookies at any time in your browser settings.

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


I use a plug-in called Jetpack to enable me to collect statistics and facilitate the subscriber service. Their own privacy policy applies to their data storage.

Who I share your data with

This site is hosted by Hostinger and is provided by a WordPress application with various plug ins, including Jetpack and Akismet Anti-Spam. By default, WordPress does not share any personal data with anyone. I am not responsible for any data shared by the plug ins. I do not personally share any data with third parties unless expressly agreed with you (and this would usually be only if you are a competition winner).

Information is collected by Akismet Anti-Spam about visitors who comment on my site. The information collected typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referred and site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as name, username, email address and the comment itself).

You can view the privacy policy for Hostinger, Jetpack and Askismet by clicking on the links.

For the purpose of giveaways, sometimes a third party application such as Gleam or Rafflecopter is used. You can view the privacy policy for Gleam here and for Rafflecopter here.

I am not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other websites or media without my permission.

How long I retain your data

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

What rights you have over your data

You can request to receive an exported file of the personal data I hold about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

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

My contact information

You can make contact with me through the Contact page on this site.


This privacy policy is subject to change without notice.