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ok, I admit it. I have been flirting with the idea of giving up La Marguerite blog altogether. Life and the need for action have been catching up with me, and taken away much of the energy I used to put into this blog and other places. I have also started to be a lot more discriminant about what I blog about. No more rehash of current events, or venting. No more sharing for the sake of sharing. Instead, only fresh, constructive thinking allowed.

This confession does not go without a mixed bag of feelings attached. Guilt, for ‘abandoning’ the people who got used to reading me daily. Unease from transitioning from one identity to another – avid blogger to passionate entrepreneur. And also, relief from being truly myself, and in touch with the reality of the moment.

My sense is, I am discovering the fluid nature of blogging. A blog is a living thing, with a rhythm of its own. One blog vanishes, soon to reincarnate into a new form, or on another topic. Once La Marguerite on WordPress, now La Marguerite on Twitter, and sometimes The Huffington Post. With a lot more to come, that I can’t share yet publicly.

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Do you want people to find you in the green blogosphere? Here, for you, is a list I compiled of the top 100 green related keywords in online searches, using Wordtracker, a new awesome website:

  1. global warming
  2. water
  3. earth
  4. nature
  5. solar energy
  6. polar bears
  7. recycling
  8. pollution
  9. green
  10. solar power
  11. endangered species
  12. air pollution
  13. water pollution
  14. solar panels
  15. electric cars
  16. wind energy
  17. climate change
  18. tankless water heater
  19. wind power
  20. recycle
  21. geothermal energy
  22. hybrid cars
  23. waste management
  24. deforestation
  25. tankless water heaters
  26. al gore
  27. planet earth
  28. epa
  29. greenhouse effect
  30. environment
  31. effects of global warming
  32. planet
  33. solar
  34. science news
  35. fossil fuels
  36. oil prices
  37. cause of global warming
  38. wildlife
  39. natural resources
  40. sustainability
  41. solar cells
  42. alternative energy
  43. water heaters
  44. green guy
  45. mother earth news
  46. solar panel
  47. earth day
  48. bottled water
  49. climate map
  50. carbon dioxide
  51. climate graphs
  52. human nature
  53. what is global warming
  54. water conservation
  55. thermal energy
  56. free energy
  57. ocean pollution
  58. renewable energy
  59. endangered species list
  60. price of oil
  61. ecology
  62. popular science
  63. organic
  64. peak oil
  65. going green
  66. fuel cells
  67. kyoto protocol
  68. causes of global warming
  69. electronic waste
  70. solar powered cars
  71. land pollution
  72. composting
  73. energy star
  74. an inconvenient truth
  75. department of energy
  76. hybrid vehicles
  77. environmental issues
  78. solar water heater
  79. recycling facts
  80. greenhouse gases
  81. global warming facts
  82. compost
  83. organic food
  84. green building
  85. consequences of global warming
  86. science magazine
  87. solar cell
  88. mother earth
  89. go green
  90. genetically modified food
  91. solar dryer
  92. earth science dictionary
  93. national wildlife federation
  94. earth science
  95. noise pollution
  96. carbon footprint
  97. energy conservation
  98. hybrid car
  99. conservation
  100. photovoltaic

It is always interesting to confront one’s idea of most popular keywords, with the reality from web analytics . . .

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Al Gore won the Nobel Peace prize, and I am besides myself. I just started crying. As weird as it may seems, I feel an emotional connection to the man. After all, he is the single reason why I  started this blog. Not a small feat, given that two years ago, I could care less about the environment. I remember not wanting to go to his “An Inconvenient Truth” presentation at Stanford University. It was the end of the year, in 2005. Prad’s ex wife had organized it, and I only went because I ‘had to’. In the space of two hours, I became a ‘born again’ environmentalist. I came out of the Stanford Auditorium, swearing to myself, that  I was going to do something, to become a small part of the solution to this monumental problem.

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Clean Up

This is my blog clean up list for today:

  1. Update blogroll
  2. Review all posts, add paragraph subheads when necessary, clean up tags and categories for each
  3. Add categories to home page
  4. Look into adding tag cloud
  5. Rewrite About section

Maybe a bit ambitious for one day. 218 posts are a lot of posts to go through . . .

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Back in April, I started this blog on a whim. I was getting annoyed by all the self righteousness in the green media. And I wanted to offer a counterpoint. My reality as a less than perfect Green Girl Wannabe, who just couldn’t get her act together. There is nothing like political correctness to bring out my rebellious streak. I went a bit overboard at first, and chose to focus solely on the bad stuff, all the things I did not, should have done in the name of a greener planet. What happened next, were some twists and turns, stories, topics, people that I had not anticipated, and turned out to be a lot more interesting than my original scheme. Interesting to me, at least!

 

There is Green Guru, of course. Green Guru started as Prad, my husband. Very quickly, it became obvious that the name Prad alone did not suffice to capture his authoritative green essence. I can’t even remember when he reached Green Guru status, but from then on, our roles became clear. He is Green Guru, and I am Green Girl Wannabe. Scenes from our domestic life pervades my blog, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.

 

Another twist has been the gradual opening of my views to include, not just self-deprecating moments, but also, pretty much any daily events that permeate my life, still using the green lens. I used to refer to this blog, as ‘The Daily Sins of a Green Girl Wannabe’. I just renamed it, ‘The Hours of a Green Girl Wannabe’. To make room for all the small acts, the encounters, the random thoughts, the myriad of feelings, the ahah moments, the discoveries, that fill up my busy bee days. La Marguerite is becoming a zen, feminist, philosophical, practical, humble green blog. The place to share all of my reality, as a Green Girl Wannabe.

 

What’s coming next, is a better blog hopefully. One where my voice can be heard more clearly. One where readers can find more things to take back with them. Like anything worthwhile, it’s going to take a lot of work. I have already started. What motivates me, is the desire to make a difference, and to become a more active node in the world wide green web.

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Blogging is a lot like recycling. Lets say, I notice this great article in the New York Times. I immediately write a post about it. Somebody visits my blog a few days later, and shortly after, I notice they comment on the same article in their own blog.  Sometimes I get credit for noticing first, and I even get comments on my comments. I do the same thing. When I suffer from writer’s block, I visit my favorite blogs, and without fail, always find some interesting post to comment on. Of course, this poses the question of how much original content there actually is in the blogosphere. Even links are a form of recycling.

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I was tired, could not think anymore, after eight hours straight of working on strategy for new startup. Plus I had not slept well the night before. Target was tempting me with its promise of more Dominique Cohen jewelry, and who knows, maybe some Libertine deals on the sales rack. I debated, I remembered my blog talks. Maybe I could swim instead? It required energy and braving the coolness of the water. I went for the easy way instead, a car trip to Target. One hour of mindless shopping left me with one more dress for my closet, on sale and only ten dollars, from Isaac Mizrahi, and a fake pearl bracelet from Dominique Cohen. The fun was more in trying things out. I relieved some of my guilt by proudly declining the clerk’s offer of a plastic bag. The sweet man seemed puzzled that I would not want a bag. I figured I would slip my usual speech about, “These are going straight to my closet, why would I need a bag, better save the environment.” This is middle America, I thought. We’ve got a long way to go. On my way home, I questioned the dress. I bought it because it was such a good deal, but purple and turquoise, I am not so sure . . .

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