Saturday, December 20, 2008

CelticSolar Blog

This blog was started on Blog Action Day 2007. It was started to track the installation of our photovoltaic system. When that was completed, I was hooked on blogging. It is a great way to convey a message. 

I've continued to report the monthly results from our power production and bring up important topics: Global warming, electrically powered transportation, incentives, dietary impact on climate and many other topics.

I am not trying to persuade anyone, I am expressing how I live and in some cases what I believe and what evidence leads me to these conclusions and the changes in the world that I'd like to help make happen.

Now that I've been at this for a while, here are the principles I'll attempt to adhere to. 
  1. Focus on ideas: there are plenty of blogs and news sources that focus on people and who said what. This is an attempt to have more discussion about the ideas.
  2. Stand For Something: It is too easy to complain about things. The more challenging task is to state how you want things to be and how we can collectively get there.
  3. Focus on actionable responses: There plenty of blogs and news that focus on breakthroughs. These are important but what good does a new concept car or higher efficiency solar cell do for you and I if we cannot use it now? Let other sources discuss the breakthroughs, when it can be put to use, it's ready for this blog.
Let me be clear, these are guidelines, not rules. Occasionally, I'll rage against something or someone or I'll get excited about something that is not yet on the market because of the impact it could have. These will be kept to the exception.

There are a few ways to change the world. You can change the way you act, and maybe others will follow. You can change laws, others will be required to comply.  Or, you can change technology and the world will want to change.

~Karl Schroeder

This blog will touch on all three of these aspects of Karl's quote. First, what we are personally doing with our lives and how that is working. Second, what votes are coming up and what you can do to make your voice heard. Third, discuss new products that are available.

Your attention is the most precious commodity you have. In large part, how you spend it determines the direction of your life. I'd like to thank all of you that spend some of that time sharing these ideas with me here. I installed a hit counter in October and I am getting more page views than I ever expected.

One last resolution, no more than one meta-blog entry per year. A blog entry to talk about the blog, no one wants to hear that too often.

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