Monday, September 14, 2009


So looking around at blogs dealing with renewable energy, energy conservation, green building, alternative transportation and the like, I can't seem to find a blog that talks about the experience of people who are actually using these new technologies, changing their lifestyles, and getting carbon out of their lives. Most of the blogs seem to be either by architects (green building) or portals on policy/technology or, in the case of alternative transportation, by people who are building electric cars or something like that. The latter is closer to what I have in mind, but not as hands on. If there are any such blogs, I hope someone will point them out to me so I can check them out.

This blog is going to be about using these technologies and the accompanying lifestyle for reducing carbon. It's not going to be about what other people are doing, but what I and my wife are doing to move carbon pollution out of our lives. There will also occasionally be some observations on the general problem of global warming, environmental degradation, and carbon reduction, and also about other green technologies and initiatives we've taken (like, for example, low water gardening). I hope to include data (yes!), talk about explicit products with which I have experience, and talk a bit about financial issues, including going beyond the simplistic "payback time" drone that seems to dominate mainstream media discussions of green technologies. I've got a pent up list of posts that I intend to make about projects over the years, we'll see how long I keep blogging after those are complete. If I run out of stuff to write about what I've done, I may have to move back to talking about what other people are doing.

This is my second attempt at blogging. The first failed after 3 months, but it was something in which I had some intellectual interest but not something I cared passionately about (in the case of this blog, passionately enough to have spent 35 years off and on trying to do something, mostly off, but more recently very much on).

So here goes. We'll see whether I have any greater success this time than last.


  1. This is a great idea for a blog. And you're a good writer. If you run out of stuff to say I think that means it's just time to experiment more. I'm looking forward to hearing about what you've tried/accomplished.

  2. Good luck, James - I'm backtracking to catch up. You are a good writer - I didn't know that about you :-)

    I'm wondering whether, now you've gotten into blogging more, you have found more blogs in your topic area? - I had no idea there were so many other bloggers out there before Town Mouse and I started blogging and it's been fun to enter all those other worlds of experience.