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A Time of Transition

Posted on the 06 October 2011 by Livinggreenor

A Time of TransitionFor those who haven’t noticed, I haven’t written in quite a while.  Not because I don’t have anything to say, but I was planning a wedding (post coming soon), a honeymoon, I started a new job, and we had a very unexpected death (my Papa/Grandfather passed away mere days before our wedding).  Needless to say, it was a very busy summer and with other priorities, I didn’t have any time to sit down and write.

After coming back from our honeymoon (Burning Man), I went through some major life adjustments and transitions.  I purged a lot of things out of my life from personal belongings to emails to simplifying life in general.  With that said, I decided to scale back the amount I write and change focus of The Living Green Solution.  I started this a year ago, although I’ve been writing for much, much longer.  While the business side never exactly panned out, I learned a lot in the process (what works, what doesn’t, how to build a website, social media and marketing, etc.).  While I was officially unemployed at the time, it kept my mind occupied and was a great thing for me to keep busy.  However, now that I’m entering into a new phase of my life, I’m coming to the realization that I don’t want to be like every other green blog and write about the same topics.

There are so many resources on the internet these days, I feel like I’m regurgitating information that’s already been said a million times.  So, it’s out with the old and in with the new!  I’ve done some housecleaning in my personal life why stop there?  Here’s what you can expect to see here at The Living Green Solution:

  • No sales of any kind.  Period.  Have a question about how to live more sustainably?  Just ask.  Free of charge.  Yep, you heard right.  Anything that I may be selling will be free, or as close to it as you can get (see second to last bullet below).
  • No giveaways or product reviews.  This is not going to be a blog or site about promoting the goods of others.  It works for some, but it’s just not for me nor do I have the time.  There’s one exception to this, which will come in a future post.
  • No postings “just because”.  If I don’t have anything original, opinionated or thought provoking to say, I’m not going to waste your time and post just for the sake of posting.  This goes against all that I’ve read such as “keep a regular blog schedule”.  But hey, I dislike rules, this is my blog, and quite honestly, I’ll do what I want.
  • The addition of “Something Borrowed“, a Portland bridal and wedding goods library dedicated to fostering sustainability through the focus on reduce, reuse and recycle.  Something Borrowed offers a variety of wedding items to Portland community members for a small borrowing fee ($5 to $30).
  • Updated blog RSS/email feed.  I’m not nor will I ever make money off this blog (nor am I sure many others do, either).  My current feed provider (Feedblitz) charges a monthly fee to provide feed services.  Because of that (and a few other reasons), my goal is to switch to Feedburner.  I’ll continue to use Feedblitz so I don’t lose subscribers, but for those interested, please update your RSS and/or subscribe to this new service.  Yes, it’s a pain but I really don’t want the out of pocket expense anymore.
I’ve always embraced change, probably because I get bored easily.  But, I see change as an opportunity… opportunity to grow, learn, challenge oneself and simply keep you on your toes.  I hope to continue writing, even if not weekly, but at least write interesting content, content you want to read.  So, if you have a question, a topic you’d like to see, or a recommendation, please let me know.  I’d love to hear it.

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