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Who Is Chalkie?

I am just another guy with a modicum on knowledge on a number of subjects that interest me. As I’m forgetful I try and write stuff down. Rather than let these fixes/gotcha’s and other sundry information gather dust on my hard drive I thought I’d put it up on a blog. Just in case anyone else might find it useful too.

So here you’ll find a wide range of stuff covering everything from using Ubuntu to drive a 3D printer, to data on self publishing, to the tensions on guitar strings.

I have a penchant for analyzing data. Originally I aimed this blog at analyzing self-publishing data. Nobody seems to be addressing the low end of the market so I thought I would have a go and do some analysis on those books (the vast majority) that have few sales. It’s a couple of years old now but hopefully still worthwhile.

Anyway. There it is. I hope you find something of value here, and good luck with your own writing/publishing/3D printing/coding or whatever..

Below is a place for all the usual legalese…… Unless you like legalese this may put you to sleep.


All material, (except those that are acknowledged as from other sites) that is on this site including text, layout and images are Copyright © 2018. Chalk Ridge Publications. All rights reserved.

However if you wish to reproduce images/graphs in blog posts/webpages you may do so sparingly as long as there is a link to this site and authorship of the image is acknowledged clearly near the image.

External Links

While I believe all external links from this site are to valid and useful resources, I have no control over these external sites. So be careful. It is not my responsibility or problem if somehow you get scammed.

Queries and Corrections

I hope you like the site. Comments on the blog posts are open to all, though all comments will be moderated and spam/abuse will be removed. I am quite happy(!?) if you strongly disagree with any analysis and I will publish you comment subject to it being neither spam or abuse. I am also quite happy for you to include a link to your own site – I intend  though to check all such links. If it is spam/abuse/porn it will not be published.

Privacy Policy

This site does not collect or attempt to collect any private data other than that necessary to allow the user to comment on a particular blog post. No pages are dependent on you revealing any of your own personal data and no personal data needs to be entered at any stage unless you want to send a comment to the site owner.

Google ads (if clicked) may set a cookie but that’s up to Google not me. Similarly Google analytics may set a short term cookie but this is simply to figure out the statistical user-base of this site.

If you contact the site owner via email, then all you need is a valid email address. Any email will be regarded as private. Your email address will not be traded or sold or given to anyone else (unless it is to the Police!).

It will only be used by me for a reply (if a reply is appropriate) If you are concerned about any aspect of your privacy on this site you may either contact the site administrator by email here .

I hope that just about clears up any privacy issues!