My name is Vince Rockston and I operate this website,, and also

I respect your privacy and will not collect unnecessary information about you, share your details with anyone else, or spam you with marketing messages that you haven’t asked to receive.

Here is a brief summary of the information I collect through this website and why.


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 don’t have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

I collect the data shown in the comments form, and also your IP address and browser user agent string, to help spam detection. Your 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.

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.

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

Contact forms

If you subscribe to this site to be notified about new posts or to receive occasional informative emails, I will keep a record of your name and email address.

Google Analytics

This website makes use of tracking software to provide me with statistics about site usage. This software is provided by Google Analytics and uses cookies. The software will save a small file to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the site. It will not store, save or collect personal information.

You can refuse to accept the cookie by changing the settings in your web browser. You can delete it from your computer by clearing the browser’s cache.

For further information, you can read Google’s privacy policy here.

Facebook Tracking

This website includes a so-called pixel, which allows Facebook to track which actions you take. This information may be used to present tailored advertisements within Facebook. This feature does not store, save or collect personal information.

You can read Facebook’s Data Policy here.

Email newsletter

I operate an occasional newsletter to notify readers of new blog posts and provide updates about my books. I will only send you this newsletter if you requested it via the signup form. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in a newsletter email.

The signup form will ask for your name and email address. The newsletter software is provided by MailChimp, and includes tracking facilities to monitor activity.

All personal details relating to subscriptions are held securely by MailChimp. For more information, you can read MailChimp’s privacy policy here.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.) from other websites. These behave in the same way as if you had visited the other website.

Your rights over your data

You can request 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.


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