I have a love-hate relationship with social media. Don’t we all? I love it for the all the photos – from the updates from friends and families to spur-of-the-moment selfies, from amazing travel posts to the mundane captures of every day life. I love it for the pithy and humorous commentary. And for the links to articles or news I might not have otherwise seen unless shared by a friend. But on the flip side is the endless barrage of bad news, of little things that get too much attention, and of big things that don’t seem to get attention enough. Together it all blends into a cacophonous stew that makes me want to give up on it altogether.
A number of friends have announced their farewells to Facebook. I quietly removed the app from my phone in 2018 so that I wouldn’t be tempted to endlessly scroll while waiting in the supermarket line. I did join Instagram so that I could at least continue posting in-the-moment photos, and I set a limit to the amount of screen time each day.
Adding to that, there were the privacy concerns and the woeful response Facebook had to the issues around the 2016 election. And yet, I haven’t been able to entirely quit. Not yet at least.
But for the past year, I’ve wanted to share a bit more, something beyond a brief Facebook post or an Instagram pic. And what has been on my mind the most is how do I personally confront climate change. So here comes my blog. A place to share what I’m doing to live a greener life. You could say, my life in a green dress.