Social Networking the Green Way

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The Green Revolution

The push to live sustainably is gaining momentum.  Toyota Prius sales recently surpassed 1 million sold in the US, and more and more people are choosing to eat locally, grow their own food, and are opting for organic products.  We’re beginning to realize we have to change our ways if we want to leave a brighter future for our children – one that isn’t doomed to bring them extreme weather, horrendous environmental disasters (like last year’s BP Gulf oil spill), food shortages, and an overwhelmingly toxic environment.

So with all the useful information and discussions taking place on the internet these days about sustainability, living green, and caring for the environment, how can we keep up with it?  Take advantage of terrific social networking sites and tools like Twitter, Facebook, HootSuite, Feedly, and Paper.li.

I think I can safely say that most people are familiar with the biggies like Twitter and Facebook, but if you’re not that’s cool too.  When it comes to sites like HootSuite and Feedly, I find less people know about them, and how they can take social networking time to a whole new level.

HootSuite is my favorite way to manage all things Twitter.  With it I can follow what’s happening in the green movement by adding streams with keywords and hashtags like #green, #eco, #ecomonday, #vegetarian, and more.  Plus, I can schedule tweets and even manage my Facebook fan page with it.  HootSuite does a lot to make social networking easy – I highly recommend singing up for an account.

If you love reading blogs, but you’re list of favorites is getting a little unruly, then give Feedly a try.   Feedly allows you to follow all of your favorite blog feeds with ease.  You have the ability to categorize your feeds (like green blogs, DIY, etc.), plus you can read posts and leave comments without having to leave Feedly’s site!  I think that’s my favorite Feedly feature, but this handy feed reading tool does even more – check it out!

I signed up for a Paper.li account a few months back, but it wasn’t until recently that I took the time to configure it -  I am loving it!  With a Paper.li account you can turn Twitter and Facebook feeds into an online newspaper.  It’s a great way to share your passions and interests with others.  You can create a newspaper with your Twitter @lists, use #hashtags, or create a newspaper with your Twitter, and now Facebook, account.  It’s an awesome tool, you should definitely give it a try.

What’s your favorite way to stay in touch with everything happening in the world of green?  Have a great social networking tip?  Leave me a comment below, or send me a tweet @greenearthbazar .   I’d love to know what you think. ;)

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Peaceful Wednesday ~ Tweet for Peace

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How can one not speak about war, poverty,

and inequality when people who suffer from

these afflictions don’t have a voice to speak?

~ Isabelle Allende

Don’t forget to tweet for #peace today on Twitter and let your hope for a peaceful world be known!

Want to connect with other folks who strive for a world without war, poverty, discrimination, and hunger?  Simply tweet your message of #peace on Twitter, leave a comment below letting us know you’ve sent your peace-filled wishes, and link up your blog with the linky tool below.  Remember, a little good goes a long way!

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Peaceful Wednesday Tweet for Peace

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Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

— Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Quote courtesy of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Don’t forget to tweet for #peace today on Twitter and let your hope for a peaceful world be known!

Want to connect with other folks who strive for a world without war, poverty, discrimination, and hunger?  Simply tweet your message of #peace on Twitter, leave a comment below letting us know you’ve sent your peace-filled wishes, and link up your blog with the linky tool below.  Remember, a little good goes a long way! ;)



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It’s Green Find Saturday | Get More Green

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Connect With Others

It’s Green Find Saturday once again.  This week:  connect with other DIY green-loving folks online.

As a passionate greenie, I’m always on the lookout for ways to connect with others who share my love for living the green life.  Building a community of people who care for the environment and care about living a simpler, healthier, greener lifestyle is important to me.  So if you’re interested in learning how to go green, are a green blogger, or simply love to do-it-yourself, you can easily connect with others who share your interests.

The DIY Green Living Blog Discovery (held every Tuesday here at Green Earth Bazaar) is a way for people to discover new blogs, share new ideas, make new connections, and get inspired.  It’s all about living green, caring for the environment, improving health, and doing things for yourself.

The Green Bloggers Twibe (on Twitter) is another way for green bloggers to connect with one another and share ideas.  It’s open to anyone, and is geared toward those who write about the environment, healthy eating, do-it-yourself projects, and living a green lifestyle.

What about you?  Are you interested in all things green, or do you think being green is just trendy rhetoric?  Feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think. ;)


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SITS 31DBBB Challenge | Day #1

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Blogging – everybody’s doing it it seems.  I’ve been blogging a little over three months now, and I’m totally hooked.  I’m so surprised I didn’t get on board the bloggy bandwagon sooner – I guess I’m just a late bloomer.  Better late than never, huh?

Blogging has been such a wonderful, creative outlet for me, and I’m so very grateful that I am able to do it.  It’s been an exercise in creativity, and a way to blow off a little steam when life gets a little too hectic for me.  I’ve connected with so many wonderfully talented bloggers from around the world, most of which I have found through the SITS Community (if you haven’t heard of SITS, check them out – they’re nifty keen).  I just wish there more time in the day to read all of the great blog posts that my SITStahs write everyday – I’ve learned so much about all kinds of things by reading the blogs these talented ladies write.

So, when I learned about the 31 day blogging challenge being put on by SITS and ProBlogger, I was pretty stoked.  I’m always eager to put on my thinking cap and learn something new, and since I’m still getting my blogging feet wet, I’m anxious to learn all I can about the art of blogging and maintaining a successful blog.

Today is day #1, and the task for today is to write an elevator pitch.  This was pretty simple for me.  I already have a tagline, get back to nature. That pretty much does the job of summing up what this blog is all about .

Green Earth Bazaar is all about helping others  live a simple, green lifestyle, with an emphasis on learning to make and do things that are simple, effective, and most importantly, natural.  It’s a chronicle of my trial and errors when it comes to domestic life, with a little optimism thrown into the mix for good measure.  I  think – at least I hope – my about page illustrates what I intend this blog to be:

Do-it-yourself organic living, gardening, good-for-you recipes, natural beauty, & more. At Green Earth Bazaar, you’ll find all kinds of tips, tricks, and tools to make greening up your life a cinch.  We want to share with you, our readers, content and information that will help you live your best, greenest lives possible.  Live simply. Live naturally. At Green Earth Bazaar, less is more!

Day #1 is finished.  Let’s see what’s in store for the next 30 days – I hope I’m up for the challenge!

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Green Earth Bazaar Now on FaceBook | Link Up Your Green Site Too

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Green Earth Bazaar now has a FaceBook fan page – but I’m sure you figured that one out if you noticed my Face Book fan widget in the sidebar (you guys are very clever).  I have had a number people ask me where my Face Book info was, and so created an account – although I feel like a total loser since I have zero FaceBook fans.  It makes me feel like the kid no one wants to play with when it comes time to pick teams for dodge ball at recess.

Anyway, I digress.  I just wanted to let readers know that:   a.) I now have a FaceBook fan page, and b.) If you have a blog or website that has anything to do with the environment, healthy living, or is green in general, then you are more than welcome to link it up on the fan page.  You can add it to the discussion thread here.  Peace. :)

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