If you are reading this post then you must have made it to my new blog site, so welcome and thanks for following along!
Why the new blog?
I made the original blog site over three years ago when I had just started working. I wasn’t really sure what I was doing and didn’t want to invest too much time or money in a site so I went with a free site through Weebly. It was possibly a good call because I only kept up with it for a couple of months before taking a three year hiatus.
I started blogging again earlier this year after moving to Cardiff and being inspired to share everything I am discovering in this wonderful little country. (Also I tentatively mentioned the idea of blogging again to a few people and they were super supportive, so thanks!)
A lot has changed in the intervening three years (the Paris Agreement was signed, the UN Sustainable Development Goals were launched, zero waste and ethical consumption have exploded in public consciousness – all of which have resulted in more people than ever writing about sustainability). On a personal level I have realised more and more the impact of every choice I make – including how I run this little blog.
It is often cited that the internet is responsible for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. That figure probably originates from this 2012 study, and so is likely much higher by now. I knew I wanted to move to an eco-friendly web hosting service to reduce my contribution to this impact, so here we are.
What has changed?
This site is now hosted on servers in a UK data centre that are powered entirely by renewable energy! There are lots of companies that offer green web hosting, Green Hosting were super responsive to all my newbie questions, but ultimately I chose to go with Eco Hosting because the company is based in Cardiff (can you tell I love Wales?).
I had a pretty nerdy chat on the phone with them when I was getting everything set up – they have space in a couple of data centres in England and my site is probably based in one of the new centres in London. Because data centres consume so much energy for cooling, new data centres are designed to be extremely energy efficient to reduce the cost of energy bills. This data centre uses outside air for cooling so it can avoid using air conditioning for most of the year (I guess the UK is cold enough for that strategy to work!).
In terms of my blog – the site is still a work in progress (but to be honest I’m pretty pleased with it, given a week ago I had never used WordPress). I love tweaking things so I’ll probably be making little changes over the next few weeks. Hopefully it will be much easier to use and navigate, there is now a little search bar at the bottom of this page to help you find what you are looking for.
What’s going to change?
Realistically not a lot! This is still a hobby for me while I work full time as a sustainability consultant, and I don’t have any aspirations to change that. So some months I’ll be lucky to write one post, but that’s okay. If you’d like more frequent updates you can always follow along on social media (T @karabrussen, IG @wonderfullygreen).
Some bloggers set up patreon pages or use sponsorship, ads or affiliate linking to make money from their blogs, but that has never been the aim here. I only want to spread good vibes and hopefully some knowledge about sustainability in an accessible (but scientifically robust) way.
Let me know if there are any topics that you are interested in hearing about on the blog. I have a backlog of about 20 posts planned in my head, but just need to dedicate some time to writing them. If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them too (and if you’re in Cardiff, I’m always happy to meet up for a chai and a chat)!