How to stay in touch and your suggestions please!

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stay in touchAs you know, we aim to please here at My Zero Waste.

A long time ago, readers were asking for RSS feeds. As if by magic we set them up for you and you can gather all the latest zero waste posts in one place by singing up for our Zero Waste news RSS feed. Alternatively you can sign up to receive new site content delivered to your email box by filling in your email address on the right hand side of each page of the site underneath the ads.

If you want to keep up to date with the latest comments, you can sign up for the Zero Waste comments RSS feed or simply tick the box that asks you if you want to receive notifications when you pop in your own comment. You’ll then get notification of comments on only that article.

A few months back someone asked us about twitter. I went kicking and screaming into twitterland; I don’t really like it, but I understand why many people do. It’s a quick and convenient way to stay in touch with readers and get advice and help from others. You can follow us @myzerowaste. I do a few updates on most days, with weekends off.

Anna found our site last week and asked us to set up a Facebook page. She said it was easier for her to use Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news. I set up a My Zero Waste Facebook group that very same day.  If you find it easier to stay in touch via facebook then please join up and send an invite to your friends too!

Now Greg has contacted me. Greg and his partner, Kristen run the casual vegan. As well as eating well they are both interested reducing waste.

Greg wrote “One thing I was looking for and couldn’t find was your best most important, or “featured” posts. I like to try and find the “best of” when I’m linking to a site”.

I’ve heard about these kind of pages before and I can see they are a great idea, but how do you determine what goes onto your ‘featured’ page when you have nearly 2 years worth of daily posts to choose from? I’d like to set something up but I don’t know how to do it or what to include.

This is where I need your help.

If you’re a blogger tell me what parameters you use to determine your ‘featured posts’. If you’re a loyal reader of My Zero Waste, perhaps you have some favourites you feel should be highlighted. If you’re a newbie, perhaps you have a burning question that has already been answered and we could link to that. Whatever you think please share your ideas in the comments below!

About the Author ()

I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Deb from Boston says:

    Thanks for the Facebook group – just joined – that will make it easier to get your updates.

  2. Jen CleanBin says:

    To start, you could try posting some of your most viewed posts. I always like the ones when you show a “how to” like how to make a seedling pot from a toilet paper roll. I also really liked that recent one on growing luffa.

  3. I like your recipes. One thing I would love is when you link products maybe you could show us US residents where we can find these amazing products. I loved your sneakers you found and also the balloons but couldnt find them here in the US. Bummer!

  4. Alea says:

    I would suggest doing a mix of most viewed, most commented on, and those posts which you would want new readers to read to bring them up to speed quickly with your philosophy or activites. You might want to have the posts under subheadings to make it easier for your new readers to navigate.

  5. Magdalena says:

    I hadn’t thought to set up featured posts. Maybe I should, but most people get to my site by search engine. Most viewed would be a good choice, or most commented.

    I don’t twitter. I don’t use a cell phone, and my computer time is limited anyway. Besides, I’m not very interesting. My tweets would look like “Kneaded bread, but it isn’t rising well” or “I have to remember to remove my new bonnet when I drive!”

  6. Greg says:

    Thanks for the mention! My city garbage company dropped off recycling bins in front of our house today and I immediately thought of you. I can’t wait to see how much progress we can make on our garbage bin.

    For featured posts I do something a little different. I try to pick the posts that I feel most represent the foundation of my blog. It’s a convenient place to sticky important posts that I think other people should read. When I subscribe to a new website the first thing I want to do is “catch up” on what I missed. I love it when that’s easy to do.

    I always have a section on my blogs for “related posts” at the bottom of each entry. I also have “popular posts” based on traffic. I do not use Archives by Date or Calendars because no one cares what I happened to write on Tuesdays. I also avoid tag clouds, because they quickly become too huge. And, when I use categories, I try to make the categories small and useful. Not every post has to go into a category.

  7. Teresa says:

    Hi Mrs Green

    I’ve seen these featured lists on other blogs and assumed they were automatically generated in some way by the system and featured the most popular/viewed items.


  8. Mrs Green says:

    @Deb from Boston: No problem Deb; I’m finding it hard to run, but I guess I’ll get used to it!

    @Jen CleanBin: Thanks Jen – great suggestions, really helpful.

    @surviving and thriving on pennies: Thanks so much; will look into that. Another great person to ask about such things is Beth from Fake plastic fish – she’s up on the US product lines.

    @Alea: Brilliant suggestions – thanks for your input, Alea.

    @Magdalena: You crack me up, Magdalena; I’m not at all sure I’m interesting either LOL!

    @Greg: Lovely that you get a bin delivered and think of me Greg LOL!
    I’m getting quite a reputation 😀 Thanks for your suggestions and the original inspiration…

    @Teresa: Hi Teresa; well I guess they might be auto generated on some systems. I’m a control freak though 😉 I’ll look into it and see what we can sort out.

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