This website does not collect or share any personal information.
While accurate, it may seem a bit simplistic, so here are some more details.
When you access any website, your browser automatically sends information such as your IP address, your browser version, the date and time you visited, and which pages you viewed. None of this identifies you personally. Most server software, including mine, stores this information in temporary log files for the purpose of generating statistics.
My only use for this information is to check total monthly visitor numbers, which pages are most (and least) visited, and which countries the website is most commonly viewed from. That's all I need to satisfy my curiosity.
This website is not a blog, and has no comments system requiring e-mail addresses. The only way I can receive an e-mail address is if somebody chooses to send an e-mail to the address on my contact page. I do not, and will never, use senders' e-mail addresses for any purpose other than replying to that sender.
So what's missing?
I can claim to not collect or share any personal information because this website has:
- No cookies
- No Google analytics
- No other analytics or tracking scripts
- No Google Adsense
- No advertising of any other kind
- No affiliate links
- No sponsored content
- No social media buttons
- No pop-ups
- Nothing to log in to
- Nothing to subscribe to
This website is purely a creative outlet - it is a way to use my writing and photography hobbies to illustrate some of the places I've most enjoyed on my travels. I'm not selling anything or trying to make money.
My reward is in the satisfaction I gain from creating it, and the knowledge that a few like-minded fellow travellers might find something helpful or interesting on my pages, or be inspired to visit some of the places I write about.
In the past I did use Google Adsense and dabbled in affiliate advertising links. However, for a low-traffic hobby site like mine the returns were small ... and dwindled to the point of not being worth bothering with. This, together with increasing concerns about privacy and awareness of how web users are tracked, led me to cleanse my website of what little advertising I had left.
Now this website just displays text and photos - like websites did in the innocent early days of the internet.