Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy for Vanilla Grass Users

Here at Vanilla Grass, we value your privacy. That’s why take whatever steps we can in our privacy policy for Vanilla Grass writers to protect your information so you can write worry-free.

Who we are

Vanilla Grass is the ultimate writing resource for writers of all levels. We pride ourselves on practical products writers can use every day, like our plot graph, free downloads page, and free first-page critique.

Our website address is:

What personal data Vanilla Grass collects and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the Vanilla Grass site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the Vanilla Grass 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.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our Vanilla Grass site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address, and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on the Vanilla Grass site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

No one but us! Here at Vanilla Grass we value your privacy just as much as you do. So the only people who will see what the information you provide us is us.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on the Vanilla Grass site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Mailchimp holds subscriber information.

Your contact information

For any questions, concerns, or comments the Vanilla Grass site or our policies, please contact: writer@

Additional information

How we protect your data

Vanilla Grass uses two-step authentication to protect your data from breaches.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We use the data we collect on this site to tailor email and posted content to our users so they have the best experience possible. We do not share your private information.

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