Blogging has captured me from the moment that I was introduced to it. My blog has grown from a hobby to a business. I keep it sustainable and real by using these blogging tools and rules to blog by.
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“Sustainable influencers” wasn’t a term when I first started blogging, but I’ve since found myself in that category as I take my blog seriously and talk about living sustainably. The blogging scene has evolved so much, and I have learned a few lessons along this journey.
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Blogging Tools for Eco-Friendly Influencers
1) Greengeeks Website Hosting
I started my blog as a free WordPress website for a class project. After taking blogging seriously for a few years, I wanted to make an upgrade to my website. When I was finally able to afford to invest in a self-hosted website, I found a website host that is sustainable! Greengeeks uses renewable energy to power all of the websites that it hosts. I have really enjoyed being a Greengeeks customer for six years, and I’ve also recommended them to friends and website design clients of mine – whether they are an eco-friendly blogger, or not!
2) Connect with other influencers in the eco-friendly niche
Be part of a community. That looks many ways. You could make friends and end up exchanging numbers and chatting or meeting up with other sustainability influencers the live close to you. For me, it has meant connecting online. I have joined Facebook groups for eco-friendly bloggers and met so many amazing people. I’ve also created a group of my own group where eco-friendly influencers support each other, connect to collaborate, and even pass opportunities to each other.
Join the Eco-Influencers group on Facebook
3) Turn down unnecessary freebies
Don’t accept everything that is offered to you. As you grow and “your numbers” grow, exciting opportunities will become readily available. Brands will be throwing free things at you all of the time. In keeping with sustainable living ideals, don’t accept things that you don’t need. This is where having a group of other sustainable lifestyle influencers comes in handy. If you choose not to accept something, you can share that opportunity with someone else!
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4) You deserve to be paid
If you’ve built a platform where people trust your knowledge, opinions, and recommendations, when it comes to working with brands, you deserve to be paid. In the beginning, I used to feel so weird about it and think that it was unethical for a sustainable blogger to accept money. I have since realized that, while I enjoy my blogging, it is a JOB, and that I deserve to be compensated for what I do. I have set terms and fees, I offer contracts if a brand doesn’t so that the collaboration and its terms is legally binding, and I negotiate if fees that are offered to me are too low.
5) Keep it real
Tell the good and the bad of your sustainable living journey. That truth connects us more than you think! I strongly believe that sustainable living is not about perfection, but a journey of learning and helping others as we learn more.
While there is so much more to one’s personal blogging philosophy and values, I hope these “blogging tools & rules” that I use can help you, as well. Let me know of any tools and rules that are especially helpful on your sustainable blogging journey in the comments!