Blog of Things Privacy Policy

Blog of Things Privacy Policy!

Although this Privacy Policy does not (yet) sound like a legal document, and is a user-created post, I endeavour to follow it to the best of my ability.

Last updated: 25th May 2018

Yes, this was brought on by the application in the EU of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): A copy of the GDPR can be found here:

I also found ICO’s information helpful:

Short version:

This Privacy Policy states that I may look at personal information if you follow or comment to me, however I don’t need to look at this if you tell me.

It also states that if I write about you, the personal information processed is in the legitimate journalistic interest of the blog writer (me) or in your legitimate interest. However you can tell me to remove a blog post, and to add or remove information.

In return, I ask that you don’t store my personal data for more than 20 days, or sell it.

For now, this Privacy Policy is used for the following blogs that I run: ‘Blog Of Things’, [], ‘Access The Arts DHM 2017’ [], ‘Play The Music DHM 2018’ [] as well as any further blogs I may create in future. I will not share information between blogs.

As these blogs are review blogs, I define their basis of legitimate interests as giving information about things or people. This will be unless people state they do not want me to write this information.

I will not share or write any personal data about WordPress followers unless they tell me that this is OK.

This Privacy Policy is partially based on and relies on Automatic’s Privacy Policy. Automatic runs WordPress, and its Privacy Policy is quite readable, fun and informative. Read Automatic’s Privacy Policy by following the link.

WordPress is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation – read how they endeavour to do this by following this link:

So, in that spirit… here is my Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy!

Information I collect

I only collect information about you, the user, if I have a reason to do so, for example:
1. if you contact me through comments, (more info at the Privacy in Comments section)
2. if you follow me (more info at the Privacy in Following section)
3. if I follow you (same)
4. or if I am writing about you in a blog post. (more info at

I do not, cannot, and will never sell, or give away, your data to any third parties. Neither does WordPress, as we can see on their Privacy Policy: ‘

Privacy in Comments

I will store your username on WordPress (WordPress Inc), the date and time that you posted a comment, and the contents of that comment. The Blog of Things is thereby ‘collecting’ this data, but you can ask me at any time if you want the comment removed.
Data on your profile is stored in Gravatar, a subsidiary of Automatic. Gravatar, like WordPress, also uses Automatic’s Privacy Policy.
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.

You also have the right to delete this comment yourself at any time.

This data is collected because we are communicating by leaving comments online on WordPress. Comments are used for you to give me feedback, comment on something that could be better, help with a translation, or give me criticism.

If this comment has become unnecessary, ie after 1 month, I may delete this comment, unless you don’t want me to. I won’t use a bot to do delete these comments, and will do it myself. You may want to leave a juicy link to your blog for others to follow, that’s OK too – expect if I deem otherwise (ie if the content of your website is not suitable for under-18 year olds, if you are a spam bot), in which case I reserve the right to delete the link.

Privacy in Following

WordPress stores a list of blogs that I follow, and a list of blogs that follow my blogs (‘Blog Of Things’, [], ‘Access The Arts DHM 2017’ [], ‘Play The Music DHM 2018’ [] as well as any further blogs I may create in future.)

I therefore collect a list of blogs that are following me. These are collected when I click the Follow button on WordPress.

This list of followed blogs won’t be shared with anyone. I will use this data when I read your blogs, or if I read your ‘About Me’ page.
I will not read your ’About Me’ page if you don’t want me to, by

Third Party Automated

I will not use or allow to be used any kind of automatic digital marketing on my sites, other than what WordPress currently provides. For example, WordPress sends email notifications if you follow my blog or comment to me.

I will not knowingly allow bots (chatbots, follow bots, etc) on any website I run. If users find a bot that I am not aware of on this site, they should let me know, along with evidence of why they believe this user is a bot.

I will not knowingly allow data brokers on any sites I run or to access data from any site I run.

Page Analytics and Cookies

WordPress, run by, uses cookies on their websites and dashboard. The WordPress Cookie Policy – – explains more on how WordPress specifically uses cookies.

Automatic, and therefore WordPress, use:
• Non-essential advertising cookies to offer advertisements,
• Nonessential analytics and performance cookies to measure analytics,
• functionality cookies, which are non-essential and measure

I am not responsible for how WordPress uses cookies or collects data, however I am informing myself about this.

WordPress uses Google Analytics to show data to website creators, including how many users visited a page, what URLs were clicked on, and the country in which the users live. This does not personally identify a user.
This is an example of what I can see as a website creator:

This is enabled using WordPress’s Site Insights, which does not collect any personal data. It collects psuedo-anoymous data, such as the country your computer is based in, what a user on your computer has clicked on, and other non-personal data that you can see as a WordPress admin.

These are all the cookies that WordPress uses, and their purposes, as far as I can find them on

Cookie Purpose
ads Tracks if a visitor has clicked an ad before.
lr_nw Counts and tracks pageviews on Used to determine whether or not to show our Membership popup message.
wordpress_eli Reduces the display of ads for repeat visitors.
Please also see the section below on third party advertisements that you may see on our sites or sites that use our services.

Analytics and Performance

__pdvt Used in log of Polldaddy survey data to aid in debugging customer problems
ab – Used for “AB testing” of new features.
nux_flow_name- Identifies which user signup flow was shown to the user.
tk_ni / tk_ai / tk_qs – Gathers information for WordPress’s own, first party analytics tool about how our services are used. A collection of internal metrics for user activity, used to improve user experience.

wp-affiliate-tracker Remembers the ID of the affiliate that referred the current user to
utma / utmb / utmc / utmt / utmz / ga / gat / gid- Google Analytics. Gathers information that helps us understand how visitors interact with our websites, which allow us to create a better experience for our visitors. WordPress’s users may also implement Google Analytics on their own websites. (I haven’t.)

Cookie Purpose
_longreads_prod_new Authentication for Member accounts. Only active when logged in, on * domains.
akm_mobile Stores whether a user has chosen to view the mobile version of a website.
botdlang Used to track the language a user has selected to view popular blogs in.
landingpage_currency Defines the currency displayed in landing pages.
pd_dashboard Records last used folder in Polldaddy dashboard so it can be reopened upon user’s next visit.
PD_USER_AUTH Login cookie used to identify Polldaddy user.
wordpress_logged_in* Checks whether or not the current visitor is a logged in user.
wp-settings-{user_id} Persists a user’s wp-admin configuration.
wp_sharing_{id} Tracks whether or not a user has already performed an action.
Cookie Purpose
csrftoken Python/Ajax security cookie used on
Strictly Necessary
Cookie Purpose
country_code Used in order to determine whether or not the cookie banner should be shown. Set immediately on page load and retained for 6 hours to remember the visitor’s country.

sensitive_pixel_option Remembers the state of visitor acceptance to the cookie banner. Only set when the visitor clicks Accept.

twostep_auth- Set when the user is logged in using two factor authentication.
wordpress_test_cookie -Checks if cookies are enabled to provide appropriate user experience.

Third Party Plug-in Cookies
I will attempt to remove social media advertising cookies that track users across the web.

If I enable a Facebook button, such as a ‘Like’ or ‘Share’ button, then Facebook cookies such as ‘fr’ will be enabled on the website.
If I enable a Twitter button, then Twitter cookies

Deleting Any Cookies:
You can delete these cookies from your browser by:
clicking on the ‘View Site Information’ link at the top-left side of the page, then the ‘Cookies (X in use)’ link, where X is the number of cookies used.
Then you can expand the names of websites that are using cookies on the website used. For example, may be running Google Analytics cookies.
Unfortunately the list of website that use cookies on any given site doesn’t seem accessible by screen-reader unless you click on a name specifically.

If I write about you

…in The Blog of Things, or Access The Arts DHM 2017 ,or Play The Music DHM 2018… or any of my current or future blog posts…

All blog posts are accessible via the internet and can in theory by read by anyone with an internet connection. However, blog posts may contain personal information shared by other sources. This is why I will attempt to

When it is practical for me to do so, I may attempt to contact you- after I have written the article – in order to let you know that I’ve written an informal article about you. You are then completely allowed to:
• Tell me not to write the blog post.
• Ask me to include something, in which case I will
• Ask me not to include something.
I will write what is in your legitimate interest, the legitimate interest of my readers, and my legitimate interest – in that order.

I will keep the method of contacting you, for example email, for 1 month. This is because I may not contact you straight away. Afterwards I will delete your email
If you don’t want me to contact you again, you should explicitly tell me, for instance in the subject or in the text body. If you do not respond I will assume you don’t want further contact, and delete your email.

I will always base what I write on one or more credible sources, the majority of which may be online sources, and attempt to fact-check these to the best of my ability. However if you wish to consent anything then please get in touch.

Personal data
I will refrain from including any personal data about you, even if it can be defined to be relevant in the blog post. In any blog post I will act upon any request from you that says you don’t want your data on that blog post.

For example:

In my Disability History Month blogs I may write about specific personal information, including your occupation, health, and country. If you or someone know you have explicitly stated you do not want any specific personal information to be shared, or if you have stated you do not want to be associated with a piece of work, I will have to remove their information.

I may state your language or the country you live in, if this is relevant to the blog post.

Important – You can contest this ‘relevance’ at any time if you feel it is not relevant.
After you contest this, I will then delete the method of contact if you want me to, or if a person in connection with you wants to, or if I want to.

I may link to websites, videos or other media about you – unless you tell me that you do not want to associated with a piece of work for any reason.

You have the right to be forgotten, so if you don’t want anything about you online, you can tell me and I will delete the blog post.

I will delete my blog posts within 1 month if they do not meet these standards.

The reasons I would not contact you include:
If I believe contacting you isn’t possible or practical for me.

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Deutsche sehbehinderte YouTuber BlindLife and Ypsilon!!!

So I haven’t been posting in this blog for a while, partly because I’ve been posting in my other blog, Access The Arts to celebrate and educate about Disability History Month!!

This is a month to raise awareness about and recognise the achievements of people with disabilities, both in the past and the present. Also there was International Day of People with Disabilities (Internationaler Tag der Menschen mit Behinderungen) on the 3rd December!

Every year the month has a different theme, and this year’s theme is art.
When I hear the word art, I think of paintings, drawings, and sculptures yes – but also of writing and music, theatre and film – and other new types of technology that are already watched and loved by millions of people around the world online –for example, videos!

Therefore I’ve decided to review the YouTube channels of two of my favourite visually impaired German YouTubers – BlindLife and Ypsilon!

(In truth, I wanted to write about both of their channels on this blog when I first discovered BlindLife last year, when I was trying to find German people who were visually impaired like me. However time constraints at uni and the potentially daunting prospect of translating YouTube videos partially deterred me… until now. Finally! Although Disability History Month is over, I said I’d still keep updating.)

Seriously, go check out their stuff. I’ll translate some videos when I have time! 😉

References: (Ypsilon)

Ypsilon ist eine sehbehinderte Studentin, die in Koln studiert. Sie hat seit 4 Monate ihre Blindenfuehrhundin, die Mo heisst.

  1. Leben mit Blindenführhund (Life with a Guide Dog series- 5th)
  2. Was man uber Blindenführhunde wissen muss (What you have to know about guide dogs)
  3. #kaumzuglauben -DISKRIMINIERUNG-Mein Statement (#unbelievable – Discrimination: My statement’)
  4. Blind durch Rom – Rom Vlog (Blind through Rome – a Rome Vlog): Ypsilon’s holiday in Rome
  5. Der Umgang mit der einigen Behinderung (Interview mit Tobias Michl)
  6. Barrierefreie Literature und Filme (Interview mit Professor Thomas Khalish)
  7. ‘5 Dinge, die ich nicht wusste, weil ich sehbehindert bin’
  8. Spiegel Online article about Ypsilon
  9. Studieren mit eine Seheinschränkung – geht das?

References: BlindLife:

Erdin, auch als BlindLife genannt, hat turkische und deutsche Herkunft, macht gern Taekwondo und dreht gern Videos, die Technologie und andere Hilfsmittel sowie Leben mit einer Sehbehinderung umgehen.

  • Hilfsmittelmesse des BSVH in Hamburg
  • Autofahren für Blinde und Sehbehinderte – MEIN TRAUM WIRD WAHR – BLIND DRIVER (Driving for blind and visually impaired people- My Dream Comes True)
  • Funf positiven Dinge uber meine Sehbehinderung – (Five positive things about my visual impairment)
  • 5 Blinde wollen raus aus Hamburg! (Five blind guys wanna get out of Hamburg!) – featuring Erdin and Co.
  • Wie bedienen Blinde/Sebehinderte ihr Smartphone? – How do blind and visually impaired people use their smartphone?
  • Iphone X Unboxing und erste Probleme mit VoiceOver
  • In eine neue Ort unterwegs
  • Blind im Tesla Model X mit Alex – Blind in Tesla car Model X with Alex.
  • Es ist mein Geburtstag!!

    It’s my birthday!!! Just wanted to make this mini post to thank all my followers here, and over at my newly created website for Disability History Month (DHM), AccessTheArts as well! (Those curious among you AccessTheArts readers actually crossed over, and thanks so much for that. Welcome to this blog of German learning and fun! 🙂 )

    While I need to focus on this blog too(and way more importantly, my homework), I will make a crossover post about two of my favourite German YouTubers – BlindLife and Ypsilon!!! So stay tuned for that!

    I’m thinking of crossing over a few more things from AccessTheArts (ATA) as well, such as the way you can go to the menu and scroll down to see all posts in that menu. And having a header image in all posts.

    Inspired by searching around for the perfect theme for ATA-DHM, I made bit of changes to this one, including:

    • The theme has been changed- I think it looks a bit neater now.
    • The body text is in the font Vollkorn – thought it appropriate for this German-themed blog to have a German font, even if it does mean wholegrain.
    • The colours around here are German-flag inspired in the Schwarz-Rot-Gold tricolours. Red for the top bar, yellow for the main body, and the text is black. I think a page-border may be needed, but until then it’s looking good in my opinion.

    However, I know I need to make this place easier to navigate. Even I get lost in this blog when I use it, and I created it. Hmm…

    Frohe Geburtstag zu mir! – (und zu jemandem, der heute ein Geburtstag hat.)

    Daily Prompt: Simmer

    via Daily Prompt: Simmer

    Because I’m simmering with ideas but not enough time to do them.
    Sometimes boiling and the metaphor continues with
    ideas evaporating seemingly. Like steam or clouds.
    However as every cloud enthusiast knows
    Water doesn’t disappear, just changes form.
    Make steam into an acronym or clouds into that computer storage thing
    in your mind as you read this if you like.
    I’m thinking of the stratus clouds, apparently moody and unenjoyable but quick to clear.
    to bright skies. Anyway I’m off writing.

    (this didn’t happen, did it?)

    World Stuttering Awareness Day 2017

    Oder auf Deutsch als Welt Stottertag genannt! Today (22nd October 2017) is World Stuttering Awareness Day.

    I know the feeling when you want to say something, but it just won’t come out of your mouth. This happened to me around when I was around 14- it was like the words were stuck in my throat, and I wanted to say the sentence and get it over with, while the words were boiling somewhere in my throat or my stomach. It was like I had to breathe deeply in to get the sentence out. Sometimes it didn’t stop me from wanting to say what I had to say, no matter how long it took or how weird it sounded… other times… well, it stopped me.

    This doesn’t happen as much now… in English at least (which is great, cos I gotta be able to speak my native language like a native speaker.) It does happen sometimes, though, even now. Very rarely.  I breathe in before I speak. Sometimes I slow down to say the sentence. I try to say it as loudly and clearly as I can.

    (Also wen I was seven, I had trouble saying the ‘S’ sound – maybe that had something to do with it.)

    Yet when I’m speaking German, in lectures or sometimes showing off that I know how to say this really awesome German word… sometimes it comes back. And the words get stuck. And even though I breathe in and take my time before I speak, sometimes it doesn’t come out. And I’m not as good at speaking in a foreign language anyway, so when this happens…  I switch to English or just feel I should give up.


    But giving up is not an option! Searching the interwebs around World Stuttering Day, I found that 1% of people in the world (a total of 75,000,000 people) have problems with stuttering – including around 700,000 people in the UK and around 800,000 people in Germany who stammer.

    ZDF interviewed Joshua, a teenager who stammers, in the Konfrontationstherapie where he gets help with his stuttering. Listen to their interview here. 


    Underneath is a sort of translation, but if you want to try watching the interview first, do that. I’ll wait here. 🙂

    Joshua seems to stutter worse than I did, and er stottert seit er sprechen kann (he stutterted since he learnt to speak). Alltagssituationen (everday situations) are harder for him, seeming to be big hurdles which are easy for other people.


    He says: ‘Es ist am schlimmsten vor Fremden, oder in Situationen, an wo ich trotz warten muss, zu am Reden.’

    ‘It’s at its worst in front of strangers, or in situations where I have to wait to speak.’

    Both of those situations are very stressful, particularly when you don’t feel confident.


    Das Wort ihm Hals stecken bleibt – the words stay stuck in his throat. He’s tried several therapies. He tried to hide it by not speaking at all,  avoiding other people hearing him. However his new therapist (Logopader), Claus Welsch, emphasises that it’s OK to stutter, as long as people get to say what they want to say.

    ‘Die Leute werde animiert, selbstbewsusst zu werden. Das zu sagen, was sie denken, auch mit Stottern. Und dann verliert Stottern irgendwo die negative Kraft, die Angst.’

    People are encouraged to become self-confident. To say what they think, even with stuttering. And then, somewhere, the stutter loses its negative power, – fear.’

    Around 800,000 people in Germany stutter, but there aren’t exact numbers. Claude Welsch says that stuttering itself isn’t a physiological issue- but that it can influence the psyche,  – so that you become scared or unsettled in speaking. People can develop other issues because of the stuttering.

    Joshua’s greatest fear is ‘not to be taken seriously’ – ‘dass er nicht nicht voll vernommen wird’. His wish is that people were more patient with those who stutter, and gave him more time to speak.

    In the interview, Claude mentions three different types of therapy., some which he, as a stutter himself, found unhelpful.

    Es gibt weltweit sprechtechnische Ansätze. Das bedeutet, dass man den Stotterern beibringt, die Rede so zu verändern, dass es erst gar nicht erst zum Stottern kommt.’

    There are worldwide speech-technical attempts. That means, that one teaches the stuttering person to change their speech, so they they don’t get to stuttering.

    For example, the singing technique, where you start singing the sentence so that it should come out fliessend (fluently). It’s hard to spit out a sentence but even I find that its less hard when you sing it.

    However, Claude Welsch doesn’t think this technique works all the time.


    Yet he says different techniques work for different people. ‘Die moge dem einem oder dem anderem helfen’. So the singing technique could work for you.

    However he says that if stuttering still continues (like it did for me) then he says to practice speaking despite the stutter – so that the very act of speaking is less scary. I’d this goes especially when speaking in another language.

    ‘Stotternde haben ganz viele Phasen der Redeflüssigkeit. Wenn sie sich trauen zu sprechen, wenn sie selbstbewusst werden, trotz des Stotterns, dann entpuppt sich ganz häufig eine flüssige Rede, die authentisch ist. Denn jeder Mensch hat seine eigene Arbeitsgeschwindigkeit.’

    Stutters have many phases of speech fluency. When they trust themselves to speak, when they become self-confident, despite the stutter, then it frequently turns out to be a fluent speech, which is authentic. Because every person has thier own working speed.

    Trust yourself to speak – even if you think it doesn’t sound fluent.



    Another video I watched, (although it has quite bad visual quality), includes different exercises that a young boy, Christoph, and other stutters used to become better speakers. See the video on YouTube here.

    The first time Christoph speaks, he stutters.

    ‘Ich heiise Christoph… ich wohne in Munchen, und ich bin zehn Jarhe alt. Ich gehe in die vierte Klass, und als ich letze Mal hier war, ging es eingentlich sehr gut.’

    He says that ‘die Logopadie hat gar nichts gebracht’.

    So how did this latest speech therapy try to help him?

    First they practice just breathing, not speaking. ‘Solange wir nicht reden mussen… aber wir die ganze Ziet nur an die Atmen konzientrieren. Das Atmen durch den Nase ein und durch den Mund wieder aus.’

    Then they practice breathing in, then speaking numbers on breathing out. Gradually you can get louder and louder, and more confident.

    They practice speaking, but without meaning anything – the ‘Ja-Nein Ubung’.  Again, like the numbers, this speech doesn’t mean anything. ‘Es bringt uns in Kontant mit unsere innere Starke.’ ‘wenn wir sinnlose sprechen… da hat die Sprechen keine Bedeutung.’

    They then practice speaking in reality- for example, Christoph went to the shops. ‘Wir lernern angstfrei flussige Sprechen in die Realitat umzusetzen.’

    At the end, Christoph appears more confident – and his stutter seems completely gone! ‘Das Spreche geht um einiges veil leichter und fliessiger als hervor. hat es mir vor allem am meisten gebracht.’


    Here’s a final blog post from another language learner who also used to stutter. It can be done! I found thier 4 tips really helpful:

    Slow down your speech.

    Take short breaks between sentences.

    Don’t try to hide your stutter.

    Maintain eye contact while speaking (this I don’t see the point of sometimes, but if it help in concentration when speaking and reducing the fear of speaking, I’ll try.)

    Happy World Stuttering Awareness day!

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    Don’t be silenced. International Stammering Awareness Day.