About your privacy, and what happens if you subscribe to ARealGreenLife
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Why I build a mailing list and encourage subscribers
Readers make the work of writing worthwhile.
Writers need readers, otherwise it gets lonely in the writing chamber. By subscribing, reading, and commenting, you help keep the echoes away.
In particular, your comments and feedback are priceless – because writing is not just self-expression. My best writing happens when I'm engaged in conversation with another human being, on a topic we both care about.
Committed readers also help writers build their work in other ways, too.
In writer-speak, its called "building a writer platform" – readers who are committed enough to become subscribers make up the platform upon which a writer can showcase their work.
About the content on ARealGreenLife
The content written here is not "mine," in the sense that everything I write is informed by everything I've read, seen, heard and experienced.
Everything is connected; no-one writes or creates anything in a vacuum, all by themselves. (There is a flip side to this, which I'll mention in a minute.)
Accompany your digital shares with a physical hug whenever you can.
If you share my work (thank you!) I have two requests.
First, please share in person—include eye contact and a hug—whenever you can.
Is there no-one near by whom you could hug? Get off your device and go find someone!
The second request is: please acknowledge the source.
Please acknowledge the source
Please link back to ARealGreenLife if you share my work.
What's green about this website?
I used to think of electronic forms of media as being less environmentally damaging, because no trees are being cut down to make paper and no fossil fuels are being burned to transport that paper from place to place.
But data, ghostly as it is, does have to be stored somewhere.
The Internet is growing exponentially. User-generated content has evolved from plain text into glossy eye candy in multiple formats, including audio and video.
Its a mind-bogglingly huge—and growing—amount of content, and it's all hosted on servers, the majority of which are housed in data centers.
Data centers are massive facilities that need always-on, cool, controlled conditions, so they use a large amount of energy and have a significant carbon dioxide output.
The Internet is the fastest growing carbon polluting industry and it will eclipse all other industries in terms of worldwide pollution."
So, what am I doing about it?
I've started by switching my web host. In simple terms, my web host is the business that provides the technologies and services needed for you to view this website on the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on the servers mentioned above.
Most web hosts focus on customer service and price, without regard for their environmental impact. But a few of them are now also focusing on being more environmentally responsible.
I switched to one of them, GreenGeeks.com. It's still not perfect, but its a step in the right direction.
Our hosting platform has been designed with a maximum use, no waste of resources mindset. Every aspect of our hosting platform is built to be as energy efficient as possible.
In addition to this, for every amperage we pull from the grid, we invest 3 times that in renewable energy."