The simple act of visiting a website leaves a trail of information, a “digital footprint,” about visitors like you. Sometimes this footprint is vague and preserves your anonymity and other times it is tied specifically to you and your real life identity.
If all you do is click around and read pages, the data captured about you is vague. If you leave a comment or sign up for a newsletter, the data captured about you is sometimes very specific. Almost all web sites on the web today collect data in this fashion about visitors, and this site is no different.
Data is used for the express purpose of enabling you to read, respond to, and discover published content topical to this site, and nothing else. If you subscribe, you will be giving me your email address and permission to put content into your inbox. I will never sell, loan or rent this list. It will be used exclusively for communicating about this site, the content of this site, and my writing and speaking endeavors related to this site.
Data may be kept indefinitely. If you unsubscribe from my list, your email address will be removed and not retained in any way by me.
I use both Google Analytics and Disqus Analytics, which will collect information about your visit. I will use this data to make cool charts and graphs.