Last Updated: 28 July 2021 @ 11:51 AM
My website (Thoughts of Jess) and its content is owned by Jessica Mezo (“I”, “me”, “myself”). The term “you” refers to any users, visitors, or viewers of my website.
By accessing or using this website you agree to be bound by my terms & conditions and any of my policies. If you disagree with any part of my terms & conditions or any of my policies then you should stop accessing my website.
My website is primarily a blog that represents my personal opinions and experiences. It does not represent the views of the University which I attend or my employers, or any other organization or individual, with the exception of individual posts or individual written interviews written by guest authors or conducted with a guest.
Apart from my wide knowledge and experiences as an unpublished writer, photographer, DIYer, former library and hospital volunteer, player of The Sims, former and hopefully future pet owner, I am not a professional or an expert in the topics covered on this website. I cannot guarantee that any information I share will produce the same result(s) for you as it did for myself, so it is in your best interests to contact a professional for further advice or information.
All content is up to date at the time of publication and I make no guarantees that the content is current at the time which you are viewing it.
I enjoy receiving comments and emails from people who read my blog, and I welcome feedback. While I aim to respond to these communications when I have something to say, I am under no obligation to respond.
* TL, DR: I’m not an expert in everything and my blog should not be used as a manual for life or any topic.
Links to Other Websites
My website may contain links to third-party websites or services that are not owned or controlled by me. Some of these links may be affiliate links, and I may receive some form of compensation or commission if you visit an affiliate link and make a purchase in the same browsing session. Some of these links serve as advertisements and can be explicitly or implicitly linked within the text of a page or blog post. Additional advertisements and/or affiliate links can be found within my website’s sidebar and footer.
Although I do not often add links to websites that contain violent, criminal or offensive content unless the posts calls for it, I have no control over, and am not responsible for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party web sites or services. You acknowledge and agree that I shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused, or alleged to be caused, by or in connection with, use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such web sites or services.
I currently do not disallow web crawlers from indexing the pages on my website. My website and its pages will be linked to in search results.
I use Google Analytics to collection information about website traffic. Google Analytics may track demographic information (such as age, gender, location, interests), the page(s) you visit on my website, website referred you to my website, and how long you stay on my website. You have the option to opt-out of this.
* TL;DR: I link to other websites. I am not responsible for the content of these other websites. Some of these links are ads but I do not link to violent, criminal or offensive websites.
All content on my website, including words, articles, information, graphics, images, and photographs is my property and produced by me, unless otherwise stated. Stock photography used is held under a Creative Commons CC0 license.
When you access my website and its content, you agree that you will not copy, steal, store, republish, reproduce and/or distribute any of my content in any form, including, but not limited to:
any printed publication,
any electronic publication,
any audiovisual production,
any form of social media post (including Instagram “stories” or any other social media post that is removed after a certain period of time), or
any of the aforementioned forms translated into a language other than English,
without my prior permission. Requests to use any of my content should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any unauthorized use of the content is a violation of my terms & conditions and I reserve the right to prosecute this behavior to the fullest extent of the law.
You may directly link back to posts, pages or content on this website, from your own website, content you produce on the Internet, or social media posts.
You are permitted to quote a summary (up to 150 words) of content from my website, or post an unedited image, but the author’s name must be included, as well as a link back to the original post or page.
* TL;DR: Do link back to my website to share content. Don’t copy content on my website; ask me permission first.
I don’t collect any personally identifying information unless you share it with me. If you use a comment form on one of my blog posts, you will need to provide a name and a valid email address for your comment to be successfully submitted. Your IP address is also recorded automatically. If you provide your website URL with a comment, it will be available to the public as it is linked to via your name or other anchor text near your comment.
When purchasing a product from me, sensitive data such as credit card information may be required to complete the purchase. This sensitive data is submitted over an encrypted connection via a third party payment gateway, TBD, and I will not have access to that data.
Your personal information such as name, email address and IP address, may be shared with relevant third parties (but kept confidential between myself and those trusted third parties) to take action in the event of:
a breach of my terms & conditions, harassment or threats towards me and/or other person(s).
My website collects other information related to your activity on my website, such as the web browser you are using, the device you are using to access my website, your operating system, and the city you are accessing my website from. This information cannot be used to identify you individually. This information is used to help me improve my website and may be used publicly to share statistics.
* TL;DR: My website collects the usual statistical data. I only have your personal info if you give it to me; if you submit sensitive information through a purchase, I do not have access to that information.
As mentioned above, comment forms on my blog posts collect some degree of personal information. Although a name is required you are permitted to use an appropriate alias in place of your real name. A valid email address is required to prevent spam. Your email address may be used for automatic notification replies when your comment receives a reply from myself or another individual who submits a comment. It will not be used for other unsolicited communication.
The fact that comments are open on many posts means that I encourage them and am willing to accept any opinions (including opinions in disagreement), and I often partake in discussion. However, I have zero tolerance for any comment that is malicious, abusive, inappropriate, offensive, defamatory to any individual or group, or incites harassment. I also do not allow text or links in the name or comment fields that is promotional or self-promotional. I reserve the right to edit or remove any comment that I deem to violate my comment policy, and will take further action as necessary (see Termination).
At the time of writing, all comments are currently moderated, and will require my personal approval before being published on my website.
By submitting a comment on my website you acknowledge that you are the author of such comment. By approving your comment, I am allowing your comment to be publicly displayed on my website, therefore you grant me permission to share, display, republish, and/or reproduce your comment in any of my future works, including, but not limited to:
a blog post,
a social media post,
and your name will be used to indicate the original author.
I am not liable for any damage, loss, or injury that occurs as a result of you submitting a comment on my website, as you acknowledge you are the author of any comments you submit.
* TL;DR: I am allowed to share your comment elsewhere; opinions are good, but always be polite.
Erasure of personal data
I periodically check and remove website URLs from comments if they produce a 404 error or if I do not deem the website appropriate to be linking to from my website. I do not remove email addresses from my databases for as long as my website is online, but should you wish for any personal data to be erased, be it name, email address, or website URL, please email me immediately.
* TL;DR: Email me if you submitted personal data on my website and want it removed
I may terminate or suspend your access to my website immediately, without prior notice or liability, under my sole discretion, for any reason whatsoever and without limitation; including, but not limited to, a breach of my terms & conditions and other policies. If you make any attempt to contact me beyond your termination or suspension of access, I am under no obligation to reply.
All provisions of my terms & conditions which, by their nature, should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
* TL;DR: I can stop you visiting my website at any time for any reason that I see fit.
My terms & conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Illinois, United States of America without regard to its conflict of law provisions.
My failure to enforce any right or provision of my terms & conditions will not be considered a waiver of those rights. If any provision of my terms & conditions is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court, the remaining provisions of my terms & conditions will remain in effect. My terms & conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and I regarding my website, and supersede and replace any prior agreements we might have between us regarding my website.
I reserve the right to modify or replace my terms & conditions and any of my policies at any time. If a revision is material, I will try to provide at least thirty (30) days notice prior to any new terms taking effect. What constitutes a material change will be determined at my sole discretion.
By continuing to access or use my website after those revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised terms. If you do not agree to the new terms & conditions or any of my policies, you should stop accessing my website.
If you have any questions about my terms & conditions or any of my policies, please contact me at email@example.com.