SPECIAL: Acorns into mighty Oaks
It is hard to believe that it was one year ago this day that I posted the first post on this blog. So much has happened.
I feel honoured to be a part of the Green blogosphere and in the company of some really cool passionate people.
What did I promise back then?
- To create a space for people to post about their search for a greener and ethical urban life.
- To focus on living a green and fair life in the UK but to encourage debate across our planet.
- To struggle to live a greener and a fairer life in my own life and home.
- To not stick to posting schedules but to try and keep it flowing naturally.
- To avoid becoming an ego-bigot who makes people feel inferior for not being green enough.
- To focus on positive action.
Well only you can judge but in my heart I believe that I have delivered. You ain't seen nothing yet ;)
Apart from my first son Coby being born (Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles!) launching the Carnival of the Green with Nick from Triple Pundit (a great guy) and the Starbucks Challenge with Siel from GreenLAGirl (a great girl) are my proudest achievements thus far. Of course being mentioned in the UK's Guardian newspaper was nice too. I have a feeling the next year is gonna be bigger and better.
Where do I go from here?
Well first off I keep going and growing.
I intend to clean the site up with a better bespoke template and a real logo.
I might even move from blogger...but probably not.
I have some new cool functionality to add in.
I have some great content ideas lined up.
I would love to take this blog full time but that would require me to either win the lottery or figure out how to make a living from this blog without compromising it. Hmmmm...any ideas?
Any rich angels out there who wanna salary me (trust me that ain't much) for a whole year and see just what I can do with this blog if it had my full attention?
Finally...he shuts up...nearly...
I just got to the end of this post and serendipitously my wife handed me a poem. It just fits so well and is a wonderful ending to probably my favourite post. Enjoy.
Acorns into mighty OaksVery well said SBW.
When I leave this world I hope
I leave a better place
where deeds I've done
and paths I've trod
have helped the human race;
where seeds I've sown will blossom still
and trees I've planted grow
from acorns into mighty oaks,
I hope I've made it so.
For to leave the world
without a trace,
no footprints in the sand,
no memory in a loved one's heart,
no mark upon the land,
no legacy to show you cared,
no promises to keep,
must surely make it hard to face
an eternity of sleep.SBW (taken from Living Heritage - The Woodland Trust Legacy newsletter No 7 Spring 2006)
And so finally to end this first year I leave you with a question to which I hope I have an answer this time next year:
What do you think is the single biggest problem the world faces and how do we solve it?
I very much look forward to your answers.
Namaste to you all and thanks from the depths of my soul.
UPDATE: I am so touched by all the comments and emails I have received. Thanks to all of you. You make the hard work I put into this blog so worthwhile. Namaste.