Google Analytics and Jetpack/Wordpress Stats — all gone!
I started this blog when I was a full-time scholar and found the constraints of academic writing were destroying my prose. I wanted a place where I could write without having to kill sentences with hedges and qualifications.
But then I started working in a marketing department. My problem there was writing fluffy BS, but that was not necessarily bad for my prose. It was bad for my mind in other ways, of course. But I also became sensitized to how aggressively we are tracked all over the web and have grown, frankly, to resent it. Also, in the same way that I wanted this to be a place where I could write and feel outside of the world of scholarship, now I want this to be a place where I can feel outside the world of A/B testing and conversion rate optimization.
I’m glad you’re here, but for the most part, I don’t know it. I still have some basic server stats, but to the extent that I can turn it off with WordPress, you are not tracked.
There is one exception (that I know of). I have it set up so that if you have made a comment in the past and gotten approved, then it knows that (based on a cookie, I assume) and approves your comment automatically. I could turn that off, but that just seems annoying and serves no purpose. If you don’t want to be tracked in that way, don’t leave any comments.