It has come to our attention the past couple of days that the WordPress-friendly plugin we used for blog subscriptions was bought by another company about a year ago. We did not know this. This new company (legally) used it to obtain email addresses that previously remained only with us.
We’ve removed this plug in and installed one that doesn’t do that. We do our best NOT to allow things like this to happen, and we never would deliberately sell or give out your email addresses. I don’t like getting spam–or anything I consider spam. I know YOU don’t like getting it. And I really dislike people getting emails referencing me or my website as though we approved/initiated it.
I am NOT talking about the Daily Digest. This is the digest you receive when you sign up that tells you when I have posted new blogs.
No, I’m talking about any email that does not appear to be directly from my site–some of these emails urge you to ‘go vote’ for my site. I am NOT running in any contest or anything and was taken by surprise when someone asked about it.
I apologize–I did not have a clue that the plugin got bought up by somebody else, or that they were able to access the email addresses. As I said, it’s a legal maneuver, but I don’t appreciate what happened and I’m sorry that some of you may have been getting emails I in NO manner initiated.
Also, be aware that my monthly newsletter is through a separate company and the owner keeps a close eye on the lists and they were not part of this in any way. The blog subscription is a totally separate matter.