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A Promise

MY PROMISE TO YOU

You are important to me. That’s why this page in my blog, while not the most exciting, is here to stay.

This is the legal bit. It’s the part where I explain to you who I am, what I do and how The White Thistle operates and uses your data.

Of course, I’ll update it from time to time, but as of today, Friday 14 February 2020…this is my promise to you…..


SPONSORED CONTENT

Two years ago, when I started my Instagram and blog account, I never imagined that it would or could become a part of my career journey.

I have my favourite brands, that I have both purchased from and lusted after for years. I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when these brands reached out to work with me, here on The White Thistle.

To be frank, being able to make money sharing products and experiences I’m passionate about, and would share no matter what, is something I’m very very proud of, but it’s not the sole reason I’m here. I’m here for the community, the inspiration and the creativity. If all the work stopped tomorrow, I would still be here, because I love it, and that’s the truth.

What this job has allowed me to do though is dedicate more time to this space, to produce better quality content, and hopefully find more amazing things to share with you. I aim to engage with every message and to build a relationship with anyone kind enough to share a part of their busy day with me. Of course, monetising my platforms also gives me the flexibility to be more present for my family. Now I get to put my children to bed every night and wake up with them every morning which is a luxury I never take for granted.

Not a day goes by that I am not entirely grateful for the opportunities that this platform has brought me, and I’m under no illusion that it will last forever. We can only make the most of it, while it does.

It’s for all these reasons that you can be assured I will only work with brands that I genuinely love and use. I would never put my name to a brand or product that I didn’t believe in. This is the most important thing to me. If I wouldn’t buy it with my own money, you won’t find me advertising it, that is my promise. Where content has been sponsored or is in collaboration with a brand, I am and will always be transparent about that, in line with the ASA and CMA regulations and guidelines. If I have been gifted a product or service, or have been offered a press discount, I will be transparent about that too.


AFFILIATE MARKETING

From time to time, I will use affiliate links. If you’re not familiar with these, it means that if you purchase something via the link in my post, I will earn a small percentage of commission for influencing that sale. Please rest assured that this will not increase the price of the item. I will always state clearly when an affiliate link has been used.


PRIVACY

I take your readership and privacy seriously on www.thewhitethistle.com, so this section of my blog – while not the most exciting – is really important because it’s where I explain how I work and how your data is stored/used etc when you visit this site.


YOUR DATA

Data is collected in the following ways on thewhitethistle.com

  • Comments left on blog posts
  • If I run a giveaway and entrants provide email addresses
  • Plug ins used on this site, such as Google Analytics
  • Via cookies.

WHY

Data helps me understand how thewhitethistle.com is being used. Google Analytics for example tells me the cities and countries in which my readers are based, how long users spend on my site and how many reads individual blog posts have had. It helps me decipher the kind of content which is successful, useful and of most interest to my readers which in turn informs the future direction and content of this site.

Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about this website. The information generated relating to thewhitethistle.com is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google stores this information. Google’s privacy policy can here found HERE.

This site is created via WordPress, and their privacy policy can be viewed HERE.

PLEASE NOTE

I am not responsible for republished content from this blog, on other blogs or websites. thewhitethistle.com may contain links to other websites of interest. Once you have clicked on such links and have left this site, I have no control over that website or how your data is used there. I cannot, therefore be held responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting that site. Said site will likely have its own privacy statement, which you should read if you see fit.

thewhitethistle.com does not share personal information with third parties, unless a user has given express permission – for example where the winner of a giveaway allows their contact details to be passed on to a brand, so their prize can be sent to them.


If you have any questions or concerns about any of the statements in this page or on any of my platforms, I welcome your feedback and would love to hear from you on thewhitethistle@gmail.com.

This Privacy page will be updated periodically. It was last updated on February 11 2020.