Privacy Policy

· 30 April 2019 ·
· last edit 29 July 2019 ·

I considered writing this in pentameter to make it more entertaining, but postlife is too short.

Whose site is this

The site’s name and address is

I am Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, @edevere17. SHAKE-SPEARE. Family and friends call me Ned. To others I’m Lord Oxford or my lord.

I am both the IT and the Creative departments here. I have no collaborators, either real or stylometrically created by the instructions of programmers. Marlowe wanted in after I guest-posted Jonson’s poem, but I told him to sod off and find a Shakspere blog to leech from. He’s already caused me enough trouble.

I don’t write this blog as bait to obtain visitor data. I pay my own money to be here, to share my point of view and occasionally some new poetry. I don’t run adverts or sell tea towels and wind-up toys, though I do have a PayPal link for voluntary donations. I don’t enable comments. The site exists because it amuses me to amuse you while I encourage you to think, or re-think, about Shake-Speare. To think about me, and what I wrote, and how, and why.

What personal data do I collect


I can’t collect what isn’t here. No comments means no comment data. If you want to comment or converse, you can find me on Twitter. Happy to chat with you there.

Contact forms and surveys

No contact forms here either. Once in a while I put survey questions inside a post using Crowdsignal, as something different for readers to engage with. Answering those questions is always optional. If you respond, I see your answers (as do you), and I get a chart with the responses tallied by country. My Crowdsignal account is a free one, so I don’t get IP addresses. I cannot determine which response comes from which country, I only see totals.

Cookies set by WordPress

Cookies serve a variety of purposes. Some are needed for technical reasons; others enable a personalized visit for registered or unregistered users. Some cookies set when a page loads, or when a visitor takes a particular action, such as clicking the Like button on a post. Cookies related to advertising are not relevant here. Some cookies only set if you are a registered WordPress user (eg so that you don’t have to log in each time), while others set when you visit any WordPress site, whether or not you have an account.

Cookies are also used to enable the Site Stats functionality in WordPress (see Analytics, below).

Your control of the cookies stored for the sites you visit is located in your web browser’s settings.

Email subscribers

If you subscribe to receive email notifications of new posts (see the sidebar), WordPress retains the address you subscribe with. I can see a list of my subscribers’ addresses. I don’t use them for any other purpose. If you unsubscribe, your address disappears from the list.

WordPress followers

If you follow this blog through your own WordPress account, posts display in your Reader. I can see followers’ WP usernames, and links to their WP blogs. If you unfollow, your entry disappears.

Embedded content from other websites

Posts and pages on this site may include embedded content, such as videos, images, PDFs, or other files. Embedded content from other sites behaves in the same way as if the visitor has visited that other site. These sites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with the embedded content, including tracking your interaction with it if you have an account at that site and and are logged into it.

I prefer to upload my own content whenever possible, so I don’t have a great many embeds. Most of what I do have are YouTube videos.


How do I look at site traffic

WordPress software includes its own Site Stats traffic information, which I’ve used since I started the blog in 2015. Unique visitors are counted, the number from various geographic locations, and a few other basic metrics.

I recently added access to the Google Analytics platform. I hope to learn what searches and referrals bring people to the site, and what pages are most viewed over time – what my visitors look for, and what they stay for. My goal is twofold: to improve what I post, and to satisfy my desire for some near-real-time feedback. Even a posthumous playwright wants to know what his audience is thinking. For this new writing, I don’t have a hall or theatre full of faces to watch.

How does it work

Google Analytics uses an authorized (by me) connection to my site to gather traffic data, except from those viewers who opt out via the browser add-on linked below. Google formats the data into graphs and tables, which I can then view. No one else at my end sees these results. They display no personal information, only interactions with the site. I do not look at data beyond the period I choose for the display of trends, typically a month. No site visitor can be personally identified or located. I do not store data in local files for other uses.

If you wish to opt out of cooperation with Google Analytics, you can install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on (extension). The add-on can be installed into Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Internet Explorer 11. It opts you out of GA tracking on all GA-enabled sites you visit with that browser, not only this site.

With whom do I share data

1. hosts my site on their servers. Traffic and user data originate there, and as the host they have access to it.

2. Google Analytics has my permission to snag traffic data in order to turn it into visual formats that I can look at and interpret.

3. If you donate via my PayPal link (thank you if you do), your PayPal account connects to mine. Transaction information is exchanged, money is transferred. That’s the nature of PayPal. I can’t do paper cheques in the post, as for obvious reasons I have no mailing address.


This blog, the recreational project of a dead poet working to correct four centuries of flawed history, is not a place where your digital privacy is at appreciable risk. I’m not selling you anything, nor selling you to anyone else. What little information I see, I take to my grave.

If you have questions, please message me on Twitter and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Thank you for being here.