My 7 links post

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hand with seven fingersKristen, over on Frugal Girl, celebrated her blog’s 2nd Birthday recently and did a ProBlogger style post.

I thought it was great, so I’m unashamedly borrowing her idea for my post today.

Darren from Problogger invited bloggers to join him in posting 7 links from their own sites. As I’m a great fan of both Darren and Kristen, I wanted to join in too!

1. Your first post

I shared a couple of news items before the official launch, but the first ‘proper’ post on My Zero Waste was aptly titled “Welcome to My Zero Waste first post!” in which I introduced us as a family and explained that, although I had been wanting to reduce our waste for a long time, it was really hard to do.

I wrote

“I’ll be first to admit that much of this was down to laziness. Old habits die hard, don’t they? Particularly ones that make our lives easier and more convenient. We can throw things in the bin and they no longer seem to be our problem.”

2. A post you enjoyed writing the most

That’s a very tough question. I like to make people laugh and hopefully I did very near to the launch of our site with a couple of posts that told the story of me attempting to buy a naked chicken. The first part of the saga took place with “It’s been a funny kind of day” followed by the success story the following day with “There’s a naked chicken in my kitchen.”

And while we’re on the subject of having a laugh, I did enjoy writing “It’s starting to get serious” where I discuss the ethics (and the sanity) of Izal medicated toilet paper.

3. A post which had a great discussion

I’m totally biased on this one. One of my greatest joys was the first National Zero Waste week which took place in September 2008. Over 160 people signed up to reduce their waste and came back to the site daily to share their triumphs and experiences on our “competition feedback” page. It was so uplifting and exciting to see people having a lot of fun while reducing their waste, as our site was only 3 months old then.

Another post with great discussions is “Against incineration“. What I like about this is that you’ll forgive me when I say, this type of blog attracts mainly women commenters. On our “Against Incineration” post however, it’s great to see the men talking and bringing a more scientific feel to the site.

And then, highlighting one of the most important things to me about this site – you, the readers. On one particular day in 2009 I was questioning everything we had done to date. Many of you stepped forward to share your experiences and your words of comfort and I was truly touched by your wonderful comments.

4. A post on someone else’s blog that you wish you’d written

I was recently contacted by Kathryn Grace who writes “Building Ordinary”. Her blog is an oasis of calm, Oneness, love and gratitude and to celebrate HH Dalai Lama’s recent Birthday, she inspired us to perform a Random Act of Kindness. I loved hearing about one of her reader’s plans – a lady who was going to sit on a hospital bench after her appointment and lend a smile or a compassionate ear to a visitor.  And in the comments section, well, you’ll just have to go and read for yourself about Trish’s amazing story of a Random Act of Kindness that someone did for her.

5. A post with a title that you are proud of

I find writing catchy titles really difficult and it’s something I constantly study in order to improve. I admit to using keywords in my titles, rather than something which would appeal to the reader because I’m just not that gifted when it comes to punchy titles. However, being one for toilet humour I guess I rather like “Mrs Green fondles a six pack and gets some silicone implants“.

6. A post that you wish more people had read

I’m not sure on this. I think I have posts I wish more people would comment on, rather than read, such as when I asked what you “really wanted” from the site. Whenever I ask you what you like, don’t like, would like to see more of etc you seem to go fairly quiet on me – this is unnerving and not confidence building!

In addition, many of our guest posts get zilch comments on them, which just makes me feel bad about all the time and effort they put into them.

7. Your most visited post ever

There was never a truer thing than sex selling! Our most popular post is:

Why Green men are more sexy.

Closely followed by two which are far more sensible 🙂

How to recycle plastic milk bottle tops.

Can a zero waste lifestyle save you money.

Happy birthday Kristen – thank you for the inspiration for this post and for your continual inspiration through your wonderful blog 🙂

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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. John says:

    The more I read your blog, the more inspired I become. Your older blog, about Polyprint the firm who will take all of your plastic packaging, has convinced my partner and myself to get rid of the domestic waste bin, and become serious about waste. Thank you many times over, please do continue with your vital work. xx

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