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I’ve been blogging for a looong time. For almost seven years I was a travel blogger, writing about my life abroad and my adventures near and far. At some point in 2016 it finally felt like that chapter had come to an end and I’d lost the passion for sharing my travels with everyone.
Still, though, I felt the void of blogging.
So I turned to my newest passion project: zero waste.
I’ve been blogging here at Green Indy Blog for just about half a year now and it’s been such a great way to open myself up to new experiences, keep myself accountable, and make valuable and interesting contacts in the zero waste world.
If you’re looking for a way to share your knowledge and experiences with zero waste, blogging is a great way to start. (If you make it all the way to the end, I’ll even share some info about GreenGeeks, a company that helps websites stay carbon positive – yes! that is a think you need to think about!)
Why start a blog if you’re in the zero waste movement
Blogging definitely isn’t for everyone, but if you have some free time and a desire to spread your knowledge (or, you know, your struggles) blogging about your zero waste journey might be a great option. Here are a couple reasons why:
- It will motivate you to stay on the zero waste journey. There is nothing like some public pressure to get you feeling motivated! Every time I think “oh, I could do [x, y, z non-zero waste thing]” I think about an upcoming post on my blog. I don’t want to write about caving because of laziness – so nine times out of ten I don’t. Let the public consumption of your journey fuel your success!
- It’s an amazing way to make connections in the zero waste world. By creating content on this blog, in just a few short months I’ve gotten some neat opportunities to hook up with other zero wasters. I got asked to speak at an event, I’ve met up with another blogger, I’ve gotten Insta DMs, emails, and comments from people all over discussing/questioning/sharing about the zero waste process. So much easier than going zero waste in a vacuum!
- It will give your community a resource to look to. Particularly if you’re in an area without much eco-mindedness. Before starting my blog, I struggled to find zero waste content specific to Indianapolis/Indiana. Now – for better or worse – I am starting to become that resource. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’ll inspire more people to start publicly sharing their zero waste adventures.
Ready to start blogging yet? Start the process now!
How to start a carbon positive, zero waste blog
First, you’ll need to purchase a domain (a URL) and hosting (how people will actually see your blog on the internet). I mentioned that I’d let you in on a super-cool resource for those looking to blog sustainably, right? Well here it is: get your hosting through GreenGeeks.
I really didn’t think about this before, but websites have a carbon footprint! As the site explains it, “website hosting servers pull energy from the grid, most of that energy comes from fossil fuels. Each web hosting server produces 1390 pounds of CO2 each year!”.
That means this site is using up fossil fuels, and I know my current hosting platform isn’t doing anything about it. I honestly thought all hosting companies were the same, but Green Geeks is actually pretty amazing. Here’s how they’re being green:
every GreenGeeks account will have a positive energy footprint on the environment as we replace, with wind power credits, 3 times the amount of energy your website will use.
So cool, right?!
I don’t currently use them but once my current hosting plan is up, I’m definitely going to be switching over to GreekGeeks. Any way that my blog can support a greener company is a huge incentive for me!
So if you’re in the market and feel ready to start a blog, here are three easy steps to doing it with GreenGeeks:
1. Buy a domain
Basically, you’ll head over to the Green Geeks site and sign up for an account. I, personally, would recommend going with their WordPress hosting option. I use WordPress and it’s honestly so easy and intuitive once you get going with it. Plus, WordPress has a ton of free themes to choose from so you don’t have to spend even more money on some fancy theme when you’re just getting started.
Click on their WordPress hosting tab. It’ll give you the chance to buy your domain (AKA your .com). Give it some serious thought and choose something catchy and zero waste-y! Simply type it into the search bar and make sure it isn’t taken yet.
If it’s available, it’s yours! The domain is free when you purchase a hosting plan as well, which is a nice little bit of savings!
2. Purchase a hosting plan
Then you’ll sign up and purchase a hosting plan. GreenGeeks offers hosting for just $3.95/month but it does come with a three year requirement. I don’t know how many people starting off would make that jump but when I went through the system I got an offer for $2.95/month for just one year of service.
That’s a pretty amazing deal, so I’d head over now to make sure you can take advantage of it! (Also be sure to search the internet for discount codes – GreenGeeks offers them periodically. At the time of posting, the code take60off was working.)
3. Follow along to get your WordPress blog set up
The great thing about buying your domain and hosting through GreenGeeks is that there’s a one-click WordPress install feature. No downloading files and figuring out where to upload them… Just log into your GreenGeeks account and get it set up.
Once WordPress is installed, you’ll be able to log into your WordPress console and start blogging right away. Then you’re just one step closer to influencing minds and changing the world!
Do you have a zero waste/eco-friendly blog? Please leave the link in the comments below so we can all get to know each other! If you don’t have a blog, would you ever consider starting one as a resource for fellow zero waste-ers in your area?