About this site

Gathering a Crowd is a one-woman show. You can find out more about this site on the About page, and if you have any questions or concerns you can get in touch with me through the Contact page.

I respect your privacy. I do not seek to collect your personal information and will not share any information collected on this site with third party advertisers. Any personal information that is collected on this site is done so through industry-standard service providers, including WordPress, MailChimp, and Google Analytics. Continue reading below for more details on what information these services collect and how it is used.

Information collected and how it is used


If you contact me via email, the Contact page, or by replying to the automated email newsletter, I will receive your name and email address and any other information you choose to provide. I will use this information solely for the purpose of communicating with you. 


If you sign up to receive my newsletter, you provide your name and email address, which are used solely for the delivery of the newsletter to your inbox. You can always unsubscribe by clicking the “unsubscribe from this list” link at the bottom of any edition of the newsletter.

I use MailChimp to send the newsletter. Learn more about their privacy practices on their site.


When you comment on a post, this site collects the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. The comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely.

If you leave a comment on this 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.

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. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment. Learn more about the Gravatar service privacy policy on their site.

This site is powered by WordPress, including the comments system. Learn more about their privacy policies on their site.

Embedded content and external links

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.

Articles on this site may contain links to other websites. If you choose to click on external links, the websites you visit may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with their site. When you go to other websites from this site, please be aware of this and read their privacy policies.


This website uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. I use reports provided by Google Analytics to help me understand website traffic and webpage usage in order to improve the content I’m sharing with you.

By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner described in Google’s Privacy Policy and for the purposes set out above. You can opt out of Google Analytics if you disable or refuse the cookie, disable JavaScript, or use the opt-out service provided by Google.

What rights you have over your data

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

Additional information

Data transfers

Gathering a Crowd is based in the United States. If you visit this website from another country, your data may be transferred to the United States and other countries that may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you initially provided information.

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

Data security

I do everything I can to make Gathering a Crowd and your information secure. If you have any concerns about the security of your data, please contact me and I will do my best to address your concerns.