FAQ/Site Policies

Copyright Policy

If you’d like use a photo or editorial content from my blog, you may use ONE photo and you must link back and give credit under my blog name.

Now, some of you are going to read the following and instantly think “Wow, she’s strict.” The truth is, I am really friendly and if you’re a blogger doing a round up and you’re thinking I’d love to have her project in there because I really like it and want to share it, that’s great! The reason I had to write such a candid copyright policy, was due to the unbelievable amount of content theft of my work for bad reasons: content aggregator sites, using my photos promote other businesses without any credit, people pretending their work was mine and my personal favourite, photoshopping things out of projects and putting their own visuals in because they couldn’t get some free stock photography (if you need awesome stock photography, may I recommend: https://pixabay.com). So if you’d like to use a photo, you can reach me at: “northstory @ rogers.com”. I am pretty flattered that you like anything I’ve made and want to share it with your audience.

The rest, take note.

The following ways of using my images/content is not permitted:

  • Collages made from the steps of my tutorials to appear as “one” photo are not allowed nor are they allowed to be Pinned on Pinterest as one photo.
  • Pinning an image from my blog that leads to your site.
  • Sharing a photo of my project (collage or otherwise) on any form of social media and linking to your own site instead of mine.
  • Photos being altered in any way nor should any additional text or your own graphics be added to my photographs. This is applies to all forms of social media including Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.
  • Using a photo in a round up post with your own affiliate links, linking to products I have used in my photos.
  • Photos being used to advertise your business.
  • Crediting my blog name with an “@northstory.ca” on the photo or a link to my blog under a generic word in a paragraph preceding or appearing after the photo. Proper credit means via @northstory.ca in full, as a visible spelled out link.
  • Translating my tutorials in another language and using all the photos on your site.
  • Under no circumstances should entire entries (tutorials with photos & text) be copied and pasted.

No one likes to have their work stolen and you will be contacted to have it removed. If you do not remove it after you are contacted, I will be contacting Google and they will ask you to remove it. If Google isn’t enough, I will contact your website provider and your Ad provider to let them know you’re making money off of my work. Better yet, I’ll bring it up with my lawyer.

To it explain it in simple terms – why would anyone come to my site to see my tutorials or content, if it’s all on yours. It’s bad online blogging etiquette and flat out plagiarism and content theft/scraping.

Note: Photos of my children however are not allowed to be used . This includes round up posts. 

Guest Posts

I currently do not accept Guest posts and articles on my site.

Affiliate Links

From time to time I do use affiliate links in my blog posts. Affiliate links are links to stores that I will receive commission from should you purchase something from the store upon clicking the link. I only link up to sites I trust and products that I actually endorse and use.

Sponsored Posts and Product Reviews

Sponsored posts are collaborative posts between myself and a brand or company where I receive either product or financial compensation for writing a post. I always disclose Sponsored Posts at the end of the post.

Product Reviews are similar except that they are not always financially compensated and are often of my own accord (meaning I purchased it myself). If a product was given to me for a review however, I always disclose this within the text of the post or at the end of my post.

Disclosure Policy

This policy is valid from 13 March 2013 This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. The compensation received may influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. The content, topics and posts will be identified as paid advertisements or sponsored posts. The owner of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner of this blog ¬†receives compensation for posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org

Privacy Policy

If you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us by email at northstory@rogers.com.

At www.northstory.ca, the privacy of our visitors is of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information is received and collected by www.northstory.ca and how it is used.

Log Files
Like many other Web sites, www.northstory.ca makes use of log files. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol ( IP ) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider ( ISP ), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track users movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

Cookies and Web Beacons
www.northstory.ca does use cookies to store information about visitors preferences, record user-specific information on which pages the user access or visit, customize Web page content based on visitors browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser.

DoubleClick DART Cookie

.:: Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on www.northstory.ca.
.:: Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to www.northstory.ca and other sites on the Internet.
.:: Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at the following URL – http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html

Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our site. Our advertising partners include:

Google Adsense

These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to the advertisements and links that appear on www.northstory.ca send directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies ( such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons ) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalize the advertising content that you see.

www.northstory.ca has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices. www.northstory.ca’s privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites.