Casaubon's Book

Pimp Your Blog Week!

Ok, I have to go frantically clean my house. Objectively I know that the social worker wants to know that the house is clean, safe and appropriate for kids, not to look at the shine on the linoleum (of which there is presently none ;-)). In my inner heart, however, I’m pretty sure she’s going to do the Miss Gulch thing “You people think you can adopt?!?! In this dump?!?! Are you out of your minds? That’s it, I’m taking away your kids…and your little goats too!

I realize this means I have too much imagination, but I will be responding to my own nervousness by trying to create some order in the chaos and pretending four kids, two messy adults, two large dogs, six cats and a host of dustbunnies don’t really live here. So while I’m off doing that, here’s your chance to promote your website, blog or whatever it is you do!

I don’t have room on my blogroll for all the cool farm sites, essayists, bloggers and neat stuff out there – I would if I could, but I can’t, so I don’t. But this week is a great one to let everyone know about what you write or do or photograph or whatever. So please, tell us about your blog and provide a link in comments. I’ll focus in on some ones I like. Commercial stuff is fine, but I’d be grateful if a. it is your personal blog and b. you selling things you make or do, rather than things made by large corporations. There’s plenty of that on the web already, right ;-). Please tell us who you are and what your blog is about!

Cheers,

Sharon

Comments

  1. #1 Glenn Saunders
    February 7, 2011

    I am using animation to try to evangelize doomer issues through the trojan horse of entertainment. My Youtube channel (or the older one, Business As Usual, bauchannel) are in a holding pattern because I’m learning some more advanced animation techniques which I will then apply back to these shows.

    You may want to subscribe to these channels so that when I start publishing again, you’ll get alerts.

    I have many clips in the can for Astra and the Apprentice but out of narrative sequence so I haven’t made the clips public yet. When I do publish, it will be a LOT of material all at once.

    I can share private links with those really curious about it. Even though I have a lot of comedy ome of the clips I’ve done I’m really proud of, as they pack a strong emotional punch.

    I’m also open to creative ideas. Just PM me on Youtube.

    Thanks.

  2. #2 theshortearedowl
    February 7, 2011

    How about that, I just started my blog this weekend.

    It’s supposed to be about genomics and plant sex chromosomes. But I got waylaid by some political idiocy from Kentucky. Real science will commence this week!

  3. #3 Sid Schwab
    February 7, 2011

    I’ve pretty much left my original blog, which was, in fact, invited to join Scienceblogs. There’s still some good stuff there, though, about what it’s like to be a surgeon, about surgical diseases, and the occasional rant about politics and religion. It still gets comments and questions, to which I still respond. A link to a sampling of the good stuff is here.

    My active blog is purely devoted to the ranting, but some people like it anyway. It’s here.

  4. #4 hornblower
    February 7, 2011

    I homeschool my kids & I clicker train my dogs & write about both.

    We’re the ‘other’ kind of homeschoolers – not creationists, not religious.

    I visit Scienceblogs to keep up with the world of science.

  5. #5 Michele
    February 7, 2011

    Hi there,
    I write for, ahem, a corporate blog. We at Promega Connections like writing about science and other things that we find interesting, and we figure that other scientists might find them interesting too. Really.

  6. #6 K.B.
    February 7, 2011

    My blog is about renovating my house, my dogs, my life – and about my beginning attempts at gardening, living sustainably, and the occasional recipe :)

  7. #7 Anna Zeide
    February 7, 2011

    I’ve only been devotedly blogging for the last couple of weeks, but am pretty excited about the space I’ve put together over at DiningAndOpining.blogspot.com –the idea is that I’ll be able to bring together my academic, professional, personal, and emotional interests in food with my desire to write and to connect with others who have similar interests. I’d like to use it to bring “dining” together with “opining”; sharing recipes and photographs, but also personal accounts of food politics, ethics, and activism (largely inspired by Casaubon’s Book!). I’d love to have more readers join in the fun!

  8. #8 Jennie
    February 7, 2011

    http://myfreedompath.blogspot.com/
    I grow food, store food, and cook food. I talk about all 3 aspects on my blog. As well as discuss how those 3 things are likely to change as we enter a lower energy future.

    I also do some fiber work, namely quilting, clothes sewing, and knitting. I write about those too.

    I’m an engineer by day, so I probably focus more on numbers than others do. I try, for instance, to put a monetary value on my gardening work, and try to work out the timings and economics of food storage.

  9. I started an organic vegetable gardening blog a few years ago, and have just re-started posting on there (got distracted for a while!). Detailed info on soil prep, direct seeding, buying transplants, etc… currently working on a seed starting post before I dive into my own seed starting!

    My target audience is serious beginners and gardeners with some experience. I garden in the PNW but try to broaden the info so I address other gardening climates as well.

  10. #10 gregor
    February 7, 2011

    My blog is full of mistakes, poor writing and silly pictures, I know. Some people don’t want to start a blog for fear of wasting time with it. I started one on condition that I accomplish one thing with minimum time wasted, which is to share what little I learned and thought up about “tiny houses”, after discovering unreasonable laws prevent me from using one. Basically to at least leave stepping stones however small for others interested in building one.

    (Yes, you are not allowed to build a house below a certain size, anywhere from 1200 to 2400 sq feet in most areas. We’re talking 90 to ~250 sq ft. As you can imagine they cost a lot less and are very environmentally friendly.)

    I recall your post about zoning, by the way.

  11. #11 Fleecenik Farm
    February 7, 2011

    My blog is a general catchall. I write about homesteading, local foods, knitting, country living, food storage and homeschooling.

  12. #12 Fatima
    February 7, 2011

    Hope you’ll pop over and check out my silly little blog, Fur Lined Toilet Seats (funny name, great story). I’m a homeschooling momma enjoying life with my handsome husband and four littles on 6 acres with one cow named “Cheeseburger,” 12 hens, and a rooster named “Mr. Bugle.”
    We’re living life in a different way than we had planned, that’s for sure. Never thought I’d end up here, but it’s much better than what I would have planned for myself. I’m learning what life is really all about, and loving every minute.

  13. #13 Stella
    February 7, 2011

    I remember my pre-adoption social worker visits! Don’t worry; it’ll be okay. (You should still clean, though. Sure, they tell everyone that they’re not going to give the house the white glove treatment, but they’re used to the clients cleaning up anyway. If you make no effort at all, they might think you’re a bit on the apathetic side.)

    My blog is about my family, post-adoption. And about comic book conventions, racism, and volunteering at Audubon. Nothing extraordinary, although I only have 21 followers, so i suppose if somebody i follow asks me to pimp my blog, I ought to.

    Good luck!

  14. #14 Amy
    February 7, 2011

    Homesteading at 5,000 feet is our tagline. I blog about renovating our 900 sq. ft. house, chickens, growing and preserving food, cooking, the outdoors, bicycles and our urban community. We’re living the dream in Albuquerque.

  15. #15 Christine
    February 7, 2011

    I’m fairly new to the blogosphere. We raise registered Nigerian Dwarf goats and chickens for eggs and meat. I’m a stay-at-home mom who left a career in biochemistry in order to feed her family from our homestead instead of from the grocery. We grow our own vegetables and source as much as possible locally. My young daughters will learn lost skills that haven’t been practiced in my maternal line for generations, with information gleaned mostly from blogs like Sharon’s.

  16. #16 Pat
    February 7, 2011

    I just started a website on edible landscaping in October; my site blog is the name link. It’s composed of updates to the site, edible landscaping events that I find online, and articles and videos I especially like about edible landscape design. Since I decided to redo my landscaping it’s also a follow-along of my (slow) progress with my yard.

    Hope some of you will stop by!

  17. #17 simply.belinda
    February 7, 2011

    I’m an Aussie who is passionate about finding a sustainable path and helping my community move positively into the future.

    My blog generally covers pretty much any thing I do in my life that stems from that purpose. From community work, to preserving, to cooking and gardening it’s all there. That said I am feeling extremely writers blocked so the focus right now is a 365 photo project where my overall theme is to “Find the beauty in every day”.

    Hope to see some of you soon
    Kind Regards
    Belinda Francis

  18. #18 Crunchy Chicken
    February 7, 2011

    According to Google’s keyword search, apparently all I blog about is goat porn.

  19. #19 Anna
    February 7, 2011

    My husband and I blog about our Appalachian homestead. Right now, my main passions are the garden (of course), permaculture, edible mushrooms, and chickens. My husband often blogs about things like building a chicken coop with no storebought materials except a handful of screws.

    One of our biggest projects this year is starting a food scrap worm bin program that takes our local school’s food waste and turns it into fertility for the garden!

  20. #20 H2
    February 7, 2011

    After a backyard tree grew large enough to shade our in-ground garden, we started growing heirloom vegetables on our rooftops in Chicago using recycled pickle buckets and other sub-irrigated containers (SIPs).

    Our blog endeavors to tell the story of being neighborly, sharing seeds and produce, and, as Michael Pollan says, “…to reduce the sense of dependence and dividedness: to change the cheap-energy mind.”

  21. #21 P.J. Grath
    February 7, 2011

    My blog ranges widely over my interests, including but not limited to my bookstore, books I’m reading, book reviews, what’s happening in our small town, my country life, my dog, gardening, farming, nature, wildlife, cooking, scientific and environmental topics I get steamed about, photography, art, reading, writing–you get the picture. Visitors welcome!

  22. #22 Erica
    February 7, 2011

    Northwest Edible Life is a new-this-year blog about Seattle-area and Maritime-northwest edible gardening, urban homesteading, cooking and eating from the garden and greater sustainability within the home. My thoughts and misadventures in the garden sneak in there too.

  23. #23 Stu Denenberg
    February 7, 2011

    Explores the relationships between Technology and Society — how each affects the other. I Taught it as a course for Computer Science Majors at SUNY, Plattsburgh for fifteen years, retired and now it’s my column for our local newspaper, the Plattsburgh Press Republican. The blog articles are a bit longer than the newspaper articles as it is a “family newspaper” and I’m limited to 700 words. The entries appear latest first.

  24. #24 Larry Ayers
    February 7, 2011

    I have been writing a blog outlining manifold interests (science, literature, images, etc.) for a number of years.

    I’ve had a rough year during which I was reduced to homelessness and dire poverty… but hope springs eternal, as they say.

    Visitors and commenters are welcome!

  25. #25 Yvonne Rowse
    February 8, 2011

    I describe my blog as:
    A bricolage based on, but not limited to, the Environment, SF, knitting, gardening, cooking and making do – and some shoes.
    It’s mainly making do at the moment and I’ve pretty much given up the idea of cute shoes.

  26. #26 Kate@LivingTheFrugalLife
    February 8, 2011

    I live on a 2/3 acre homestead in a residential neighborhood. My goal is to demonstrate how much food a non-expert can produce in my particular climate and hardiness zone, with the soils native to my immediate area. Basically I’m attempting to prove Sharon’s theory about backyard farming being able to save the world, if anything can. We garden, keep laying hens and honeybees, and regularly bite off more than we can chew. I blog about frugality, self-reliance, gardening, cooking and baking, food preservation, practical skills, half-baked experiments, and preparing to thrive in a lower-energy future.

  27. #27 Beth Greenwood
    February 8, 2011

    Why “Jefferson’s Daughters”?
    First: Thomas Jefferson idealized the independent small farmer; distrusted cities, “banking establishments” and financiers; favored states’ rights, and believed in a strictly limited federal government. A polymath, Jefferson achieved distinction as, among other things, a horticulturist, political leader, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, musician, inventor, and founder of the University of Virginia. He was also a man of contradictions, who while fiercely advocating that national debt be eliminated was himself deeply in debt; who wrote extensively on the issue of freedom yet kept slaves most of his adult life; who felt women were fitted only to be wives and mothers yet insured that his daughters had excellent educations. In other words, Thomas Jefferson was a very human person with human weaknesses, the product of his times who none the less was able to be a successful, competent and creative individual and to whom the nation owes much. In choosing “Jefferson’s Daughters” as the name of our website, we pay tribute to many of Jefferson’s tenets as well as his life-long search for competence in a wide variety of fields.
    Second: We have for much of our lifetimes lived, worked and raised our families in the area known as “The State of Jefferson”—the far north of California and most of southern Oregon. Since 1941 there has been continuing discussion of the formation of this area into a new state which would reflect the rural character and independent nature of the population. See this link for further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Jefferson
    We Believe:
    1. Corporate and personal greed are poor reasons for political decisions.
    2. In too many instances the findings of “modern science” are synonymous with the current political agenda.
    3. Humans are generalists by nature and should strive to become competent in multiple spheres. Leave specialization to the insects.
    4. Small independent farms and businesses should be the backbone of our nation and the mainstay of local economies.
    5. We cannot afford to continue the global economy as it is currently constituted, i.e. dependent on fossil fuels; stripping the earth of its resources; polluting the air and water; and allowing humans (especially children) to be exploited in one country to provide luxuries for another country.
    6. In passion – about freedom of choice whether it be what you eat or how you die.
    7. Learning should be a lifelong love affair; expanding your knowledge keeps your brain and soul alive to possibilities.
    8. Open mindedness and exposure to ideas that challenge the norm are good things. Remember when most of today’s technology and lifestyle would have been considered impossible? Change is the only constant and in today’s world, adaptability is a necessary skill.
    9. Each of us should take responsibility – for every aspect of our lives. You and you alone make the final choice regardless of external circumstances. “The buck stops here” starts in the mirror.
    10. In respect, integrity, and honesty. They do not happen because you are born, they have to be learned and earned. You want the respect of others? Give them a reason.

  28. #28 Phil Plasma
    February 8, 2011

    My blog is mostly a creative writing endeavour.

    Tag line: Fraught with inelegance, this blog will promote idiosyncracies beyond the fifth degree of wisdom.

    Profile snippet: I use blogger as a creative outlet as very little else in my day to day life allows for the expression of the creative within me.

  29. #29 anita
    February 8, 2011

    I just blog about my life—we’re both retired, we garden and raise chickens; I sew and crochet, read, and watch the wildlife (mostly possums these days). And we have cats.

    My tagline is a quote from Wendell Berry:

    In the dark of the moon, in flying snow, in the dead of winter, war spreading, families dying, the world in danger, I walk the rocky hillside, sowing clover.

  30. #30 et
    February 8, 2011

    Not my blog but haunting and well worth reading if you are thinking about fostering/adopting:
    http://www.darcypadilla.com/thejulieproject/intro.html

  31. #31 Chris R.
    February 8, 2011

    Great idea Sharon. Have enjoyed your blog for at least as long as I’ve been doing my own. Wish I had time to do more than I do but the PHD is done this spring so…who knows.

    The Localizer Blog is about relocalization and is concurrent to when the Post Carbon Institute still had relocalization.org before the big transition to Transition. I still think the term “relocalization” has a lot of resonance and I pen my own pieces occasionally and provide links and editorial commentary on stories I find relevant to the topic of relocalization.

    Hope you enjoy….keep up the good work!

    URL: http://thelocalizer.blogspot.com/

  32. #32 hickchick
    February 8, 2011

    Don’t really have anything of my own since I’m obnoxious enough IRL, but two of my favorites

    manolobig.com

    for style advice from the completely awesome Plumcake. And

    hanyaksrock.com

    ’cause it doesn’t get any better than that for modern music.

  33. #33 Gina
    February 9, 2011

    My blog is: http://www.mendolo.com

    I chronicle my “double life” wherein a few days a week I work part-time in a highly technical field advising the government. The other days I stay home with my two boys, attempting to live a low-impact life growing our food on an urban lot. In the evenings, I am in baking & pastry school. I hope that my writing inspires myself and others to show that a sustainable, family life is possible in an urban world.

  34. #34 Coco
    February 9, 2011

    My blog focuses on our renovation of a stone farmhouse in Galicia, Spain. Meanwhile, I´m also trying to acquire some skills in gardening, baking, brewing and fibre arts that may come in handy.

    http://www.mygaliciangarden.blogspot.com

  35. #35 lorlee
    February 9, 2011

    http://anniebartos.blogspot.com/

    My blog is my Great Aunt Annie’s collection of postcards from the early 1900′s when life was probably like what we may need to go back to. I call it the Twitter of the 1910′s. Anyone know what a feather bee was?

  36. #36 Gina
    February 9, 2011

    SuperSmart Carbon is a science blog for families. In my family, we talk about science a lot. (Although not as much as sports or Wii games!) We try to introduce science into everyday discussions with our third grader. I have created SuperSmart Carbon to fuel conversations about science in families.

    http://supersmartcarbon.blogspot.com/

  37. #37 kubera jones
    February 9, 2011

    My Blog has been stagnating for a while but originally it was a green politics site with mostly Canadian content.. I then spent a year doing a lot of blogging on Doomer issues and sustainability.. recently its much more random as my real life is filled with more gardening, Tranistion Town activities,running a local Green party of Canada organization and less time for purposeful writing.

    my most popular stuff was certainly my doomer series so I’ll give you that link rather than the main page

    http://greenassassinbrigade.blogspot.com/2009/02/embracing-doom-what-kind-of-doomer-am-i.html

  38. #38 Emily
    February 9, 2011

    At Eat Close To Home, I blog about finding, cooking, and preserving local food. I just finished a series on “Moving toward local eating,” and I often post results of my experiments with low-tech tools, like a root cellar and bulk nutcracker.

    I also run a group called Preserving Traditions that teaches food preservation methods. http://preservingtraditions.org/ . The blog isn’t much to look at, but we do 20+ workshops a year.

    Emily

  39. #39 melissa
    February 9, 2011

    I blog about my art, my garden, my crafts, and simple living and parenting in the rust belt. I’ve chosen block printing as my primary medium because it’s low energy, and non-toxic. I use soy ink, and though right now I use linoleum to carve, eventually I want to move to wood carving my blocks. I figure art is what I do, so I do what I can to make that sustainable.

  40. #40 owlfarmer
    February 10, 2011

    Owl’s Farm has been around since 2007, designed mainly to talk about utopia, dystopia, topophilia (I know; sounds like a disease or a psychiatric disorder), political economy, science, and related stuff. I concentrate mostly on living in exile in north Texas as an older, leftish, curmudgeon from the California desert, among folk who think this area is itself a utopia and that if the second coming isn’t exactly imminent, then it’s not far off; the likes of me, of course, will be left behind (which is just fine with me). I’ve been reading Casaubon’s Book for quite some time and bought Depletion and Abundance enthusiastically–though I’ve only had a chance to read the first couple of chapters. It’s always good to find folks with concerns in common–but since I’m aging rapidly and teaching too much to follow suit, I especially appreciate the energy and devotion of those who are more actively on the front lines.

  41. #41 katiekaput
    February 11, 2011

    my blog is at http://nightcookies.blogspot.com
    i started it as an offshoot of my ‘zine of the same name. it’s a personal ‘zine about what i’m about: homeschooling, radical politics, nerdiness, books, chickens, being everyone’s favorite twentysomething transsexual single mother of two (ages 8.5 and 4.5)… and so on.;)
    <3, katie