From LOWTECHMAGAZINE. How to Build a Low-Tech Website, I think of how I could make into a more accessible or/and a low(er) energy consumption type of a blog. But the thing is, I write (blog/journal) a lot, and that takes up at least some amount of data consumption. Be it the person retreiving the posts from an RSS feed, or putting these posts into a database on my own VPS, or whatever - it all uses a fair amount of data.

But, blogging is what I am passionate about, so there is no way around how to make the site "lighter" or "consume less energy". All I can do is put the "significant" works of mine into a zine (such as The Zine Around The Corner), and hope people download those, and do whatever with them, and no Internet connection is required to read/re-read them - just required for the initial download (of course).

Now, the knowledge/expertise on how to make a Website (more) "low-tech" (or consume less energy) is outlined in the article linked above, but, it does NOT accommodate for continual (daily, several times a day) blog posts - as a lot of what is outlined the the linked article is dependent on a static website format and (for the most part) pre-downloaded (or, always-viewable) PDF's that just sort of "live" on the WWW.

So, in the end, if I really wanted to be more eco-conscious, or Earth-friendly, or carbon neutral, or whatever tag I choose to apply to what it is I wish to do, I would be much better off doing so in the IRL/physical world, and my day-to-day activities - because let's face it; the WWW is a big damn powersuck of a utility, and other than saving some "phantom wattage" by tethering instead of using home broadband (which I already do use a tethering method to get online), then I am not doing too much in terms of curbing my consumption of the actual energy of surfing the Web.

How could I apply energy-saving techniques in my day-to-day life (that I have not done yet)?

Well, one is the "super efficient" floor lamp I ordered last night (from Wyze). It has 11 (or maybe 10?) settings for brightness, and I can keep that dialed down to the lowest setting as it stands in my bedroom/writer's nook. And I could place it closer to the desk, as well (maximizing the utility). And when I do this, I will be keeping the lights off in the bathroom and walk-in closet behind me OFF, because those are the only sources of light in this room currently.

Also, I can (and have already started to) keep the light over the stove shut OFF, because I already have a "Daylight" (brightness level) lightbulb in the ceiling light in the kitchen, and the stove light offers no (real) additional brightness to the rooms (kitchen and living room).

Plugging in the MacBook - is it better to keep the MBA plugged IN more often than not? Or is that wasting energy? It is a good question, indeed. And also, must I use the laptop as often as I do? Could I get by with my (incredibly energy-efficient) phone, instead? I just ordered a phone stand for it, can write comfortably in that setup with the MX Keys keyboard (that also has a very good battery life).

But when writing all this, I come to the point of realization that, in the modern world, there is nearly nothing else besides compromise and consolidation when it comes to using the tech we ALL use all day/every day. Which, as quoted above, is inherently unsustainable by current renewable standards. But, I can still (somewhat, meagerly) do my part to a small extent.

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