Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The World Needs Your Blog

Two and a half years ago, I was browsing a newsletter from Seventh Generation and stumbled on my very first green blog, My Plastic-Free Life (then known as Fake Plastic Fish). From there, I discovered the legendary Crunchy Chicken, Green Bean's lovely (and recently resurrected) personal blog, the thought-provoking button-pusher Arduous, the controversial No Impact Man, and a slew of other wonderful green-minded bloggers who all picked up the pen keyboard around the same time in 2007.

At the time that I started blogging in 2008, bloggers were flooding the greenosphere. Every week, I'd stumble onto another fabulous blog by another excellent writer, and I had to shout to get my little blog noticed. Back then, green bloggers seemed so full of fervor and drive, I felt like I was caught up in a wave of momentum that would inevitably be victorious.

Recently, I was thinking about what was happening in 2007/2008 that made it such a prime time for green blogging. Perhaps it was the release of those classic green works An Inconvenient Truth, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and Animal Vegetable Miracle, which all came out the year before then. Perhaps it was the hopeful political climate of 2008. Perhaps it was the start of the recession. Whatever the reason, the climate was right then.

Most of the bloggers I first discovered aren't around anymore, and lately I feel like I've fallen out of touch with the greenosphere. I've grown quite complacent here in my little sweet spot. Perhaps there's just as much momentum now as there was three years ago, but lately I'm not feeling it.

And the thing is, we need just as many voices now. No, we need more voices! If the green movement is dropping off the public's radar (as it feels like to me), we need more voices speaking louder!

So if you're a green blogger, tell me about your blog. Link to it here in the comments, and I'll check it out. I need to spice up my Google Reader!

23 comments:

Kristen said...

I'm relatively new to the blogging world. I mostly focus on my plant based diet, because it's what I spend the most time on. I'm also trying to work in green living - mostly reducing, reusing, recycling, repurposing. And trying to save money at the same time. I'm no pro at any of it, but I like to keep trying to get better! www.differentshadesofgreen.com
Thanks for everything you share - I learn so much in the blogosphere.

K said...

My blog is mainly (for the moment) about renovating my house, but I also blog about gardening and prepping and other "green" things.

Which reminds me, I really have to do a garden update, and talk about over-wintering carrots and planting peanuts :)

Willo said...

I blog at Green Gracious, sharing my journey towards healthier, happier, more sustainable living and inviting others to join me. http://greengracious.blogspot.com

genie said...

I have a blog called "Life on the Clothesline". It is about all things line drying, laundry and old fashioned values. By that I mean the old mantra of not wasting anything, of turning old shirts into quilts, gardening, chickens (eventually), living frugally.... and laundry! It's a new blog but I have lots of ideas...

Thanks for doing this!

Gavin said...

Hi Erin,

I blog at The Greening of Gavin, and believe that I started about the same time that you did.

The basic synopsis of the blog is thus:


An Ordinary Australian Man Who Has A Green Epiphany Whilst Watching A Documentary, Gets a Hybrid Car, Plants A Large Organic Vegetable Garden, Goes Totally Solar, Lowers Consumption, Feeds Composts Bins and Worms, Harvests Rainwater, Raises Chickens, Makes Cheese and Soap, and Eats Locally.

All In The Effort To Reduce Our Family's Carbon Footprint So We Can Start Making A Difference For Our Children & Future Generations To Come.

Please pop on over and have a look

Gav x

C said...

Hi Erin,
I love your blog! I am new to blogging but I am enjoying it. I would love if you would check out my blogs - 15homegreenhome - about environmental issues and greening my life, and haikudoyou.wordpress -life, current events and environmental issues through the form of haiku and senryu.

Thanks, C

Andrea @ The Greenbacks Gal said...

Hi Erin,

I'm Andrea from the Greenbacks Gal. I blog about frugal, green living as well as post grocery deals for whole/natural/organic foods. It makes me so sad that it is cheaper to buy a pack of processed mac & cheese than it is a head of organic lettuce. I do think we can afford fresh, organic, or locally grown food if we just change our mindset a bit.

I enjoy your site very much!

Rae said...

Hi, I blog at http://itallivin.blogspot.com
I chronicle my family's journey from Brooklyn, New York to Kington, Jamaica and our quest for a more simple and whole life. I've gotten many great tips from reading your blog!
In peace and wellness...

Chile said...

Well, I've been around since 2007 so I'm just one of the old hats in the ring. It's been interesting to see how the readerships waxes and wanes over the years!
chilechews.blogspot.com

Able-Bodied Girl said...

mine is all about the choices we make in life. my choices are mostly about healthy and sustainable living, so that's what i mainly write about!
ablebodiedgirl.blogspot.com

sara said...

We have a community garden blog where I blog about food and justice issues in our community, recipes, gardening and creation care tips and whatever catches my eye.

http://www.gracegarden.wordpress.com

Thanks for today's post - it was a great reminder!

Brenda Pike said...

I miss Treehugger's Carnival of the Green. It introduced me to so many other blogs--including yours, Erin!--and made me feel very much part of a community.

tintedgreencrafts said...

Thanks for starting this! I agree that my reader is losing the motivational energy it used to have. My favorite young environmentalists have become moms (don't get me wrong, I love cute baby photos, I'm just not at the same stage as them). I'm starting a blog for my sustainable crafts shop on etsy but it should be a mix of crafts and environmentalism. TintedGreenCrafts.wordpress.com

Dea-chan said...

My blog isn't really green per se, but more just an account of my life as I try to localize my eating. I don't do much beyond food at this point, although I guess sewing/crocheting/knitting can be considered part of the green movement instead of just being my grandma. :-P

But I'm at: http://crazinessandmore.blogspot.com/

Green Bean said...

I so agree with your Erin! In fact, I almost wrote a very similar post a month or so ago. It feels like the green movement has lost its momentum but maybe it is not the movement. Just me. ;-)

Nice to see all these comments and new to me blogs. I need to get out there more. Reading other blogs inspires, commenting on other blogs builds community. Timely post!

Stephanie G. said...

I'd love to have you stop by! I know exactly what you mean about getting comfortable with your little spot. I blog about going green and returning to a simpler lifestyle. Pop by!

Stephanie
www.simplicitymom.blogspot.com

Lisa @ Granola Catholic said...

I am new to blogging, but not new to the green life. I blog about faith, family and living La Vida Verde. (living the Green Life)

Lynn from OrganicMania.com said...

Awww...Erin, what a great post. I started my blog in 2007 as well....

I think part of the problem now is that there are so many more options for communicating...I hear from bloggy friends over FaceBook, Twitter, and even email.

And there are so MANY corporate spam commenters now...and it's just getting worse...

robin elton said...

The Bean is back? Huzzah! She was one of the inspirations for me to start my green blog back in early 2008. Is the Green Bookworm back in business too? It slowed to a crawl as well.

I think that many of us hit a point where we got as green as we could get for the moment, and it seemed like we were telling the same stories over & over. So we went out and did some living, and we found new stories to tell, or new ways of telling them.

I'm still working out the roadmap of where I want my blog to go now, but I love storytelling & educating. No turning back now!

simplegreenorganichappy.com

Betsy (Eco-novice) said...

I started my blog a little over a year ago. I'd been reading blogs (like yours) for a couple of years before jumping in myself. I actually just realized I'd passed my one year blog anniversary without even knowing it -- it seems like I started it 6 months ago. Anyway, you really already know about it from GMC www.eco-novice.com and I did a guest post here once. I agree -- the more the merrier (and the more visible). I learn a lot from others trying to make changes while going about everyday life.

I agree with Brenda above, not enough green carnivals. When I first started blogging I kept looking and looking for green carnivals -- the only one I found was Green Moms Carnival. I wish there were more! Why don't you host one?

Heather said...

Fairly new to blogging and trying to pick my focus...all things green seems to cover it right now...with a kid focus. I love reading your posts. Check me out at www.eco-liveandlaugh.blogspot.com

Jenn the Greenmom said...

Ooh, this is awesome! My Google Reader just exploded with new stuff to read! :-) Thanks for this, and thanks everyone for the comments and new sites for me to check out!

The Average Jane said...

I started a green blog as an accountability incentive last year. It's a smattering of topics, and I pretty much jumped in with no idea what I was doing as a blogger, but I've had a lot of fun doing it.

If any of you experienced bloggers would like to give me pointers, I'd be extremely grateful!

Cheers! Jane

www.seejanegogreen.blogspot.com

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