I want you to know what data I'm collecting, and why, and how you can opt out of it, if you wish to do so.
Things I don't do:
I do NOT collect your email address for whatever reason. Not having an email list is not really marketing friendly apparently, but hey ho. I'm sure you don't need yet another subscription.
I do NOT have any Facebook scripts on my site, anywhere. I don't like Facebook, I don't want to be tracked by it, and I don't want you to be tracked by it either.
Nor do I have any Twitter scripts included. The links are just
<a> tags that lead to Twitter.
I do NOT care who you are exactly, no personally identifiable information is transmitted / stored.
Things I do
I use that data to look at whether what I write is interesting content, or not. It informs me what type of content people look for, are interested in, come back for.
It also has a number on it that says how many monthly visitors I had last month. The higher that number is, the warmer and fuzzier feeling I get.
How to opt out
Install an adblocker (you should install an adblocker anyways), and they usually block all tracking scripts from loading. I use uBlock Origin (Chrome webstore, Firefox add-on, Microsoft Edge app store)
There are 3 families of cookies
Used by Google Analytics, they track your visits throughout the site. They're used to identify you as a returning user if you come back a week later. You can read the technical info about them here
I use CloudFlare to make sure my domain loads over https, and it also has some added benefit of caching files closer to you. They use a cookie named
__cfduid, which they identify your device as a singular machine behind a shared IP address. You can read their technical reasoning here.
On certain blog posts I embed code via Github Gists. Github then places a bunch of cookies on your machine for their own purposes, which is to figure out whether you're logged in to Github or not, and other, basic details, according to their documentation on this.
In the future I'll do my best to host code in such a way that I do not rely on Github, so I can get rid of the cookies as well.
If you have any questions about this, let me know over Twitter at @javorszky, or send me an email at gabor (at) javorszky (dot) co (dot) uk.