Privacy Policy and Affiliate Disclosure

Who we are

I’m Aisling D’Art, and I’ve been the owner of this website since forever.  (Well… at least since 2001, which probably translates into “forever” in dog years.) The website address is:

Everything at this website is copyrighted by me, or by the guest blogger (or YouTube channel owner) whose content I’ve included. If you find a copyright violation here, leave a comment or contact me directly. I try to be very mindful of copyright issues.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Generally, privacy issues make me break out in hives. I like my privacy, and protect it – and yours – as much as I can. I feel strongly that the individual has the right to be as private – or public – about whatever he/she/they choose, on an individual basis.

That said, a few things are unavoidable, online. In the case of comments, I’ll see whatever username you’ve chosen, and whatever email address you included, and whichever IP address you’ve arrived through. Generally, I forget all of them as soon as I’ve seen them. Except for names I recognize, of course. 


When visitors leave comments on the site we 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 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. 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.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

I don’t have one yet. You can reach me via


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.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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


At some point when I have more time, I may actually look at analytics. This site is probably registered with Google Analytics.

Who we share your data with

I don’t share your information with anyone. Advertisers and others might use cookies, etc., to get a better idea of the kind of person visiting this site. Other than that… zip, zero, nada. Privacy matters to me.

How long we retain your data

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

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive 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.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. That’s necessary for security, to reduce the troll problem, and to save me hours & hours of clicking the “this is spam” button, over and over again.

Your contact information

For now, it’s easiest to reach me via

Additional information

How we protect your data

I use security software to prevent problems, and my hosting service – Namecheap – seems to be very good at monitoring the site. 

What data breach procedures we have in place

Only the above. Also, I backup the site regularly, in case something disastrous happens. So, in theory, your public comments – and our resulting, public conversations, if we have them – won’t be lost.

What third parties we receive data from

None that I know of, unless I actually visit Google Analytics to see a general profile of who’s visiting this site, and when. Or check my hosting service’s analytics, which don’t personalize anything.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

None. I mean, I’m delighted that people visit this site, but I don’t make any major decisions based on profiling… because I don’t really profile my visitors. At this point, I’m being me and I’m fine with you being you. If we like each other, that’s great. If not, I’m too busy to ponder whether I should change my website because someone didn’t like something I said. (Yes, I’m being kind of snarky, but – after over 20 years online – one has those moments.)

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

I am an Amazon Affiliate. My Amazon links are affiliate links. This means I may earn a small commission if you click on a link and buy something. That’s how I can afford to keep this website online.

BUT… you don’t pay more for anything, clicking on my Amazon links. And, if you object to the Amazon Affiliate concept, it’s fine to search at Amazon for what I’m talking about… I won’t be offended.

Generally, Amazon’s prices are competitive with other outlets, but you might do better with Dick Blick. I haven’t compared prices on every product I talk about, and Dick Blick hasn’t approved me as an affiliate, so I haven’t made time to check prices on their site.

Later, I’m hoping to have more time for this website, and that will probably mean advertising on the site, so I can continue my work without pesky financial distractions… like how I’m going to pay the bills.