This week I spoke to Craig J Todd, the person behind the brilliant Eco Tech Daily blog.
1. My readers want to learn more from you, can you please tell us about your website?
Firstly, thank you for inviting me for this interview. I appreciate your interest in my work.
In 2014, I created my own green technology website called Eco Tech Daily. For many years before this, I had a keen interest in renewable energy, electric cars and solar power, etc. This is what inspired me to create the website. I wanted to share my passion for products and technologies that could change the world.
In terms of content, I’ve published over 50 in-depth articles on topics such as e-scooters, Hyperloop, green walls and hydropower. I’ve also written an article that will be of particular interest to your readers – Bam•Brush is an Eco-Friendly Toothbrush Made From Freshly Harvested Bamboo.
2. What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
Writing and publishing the first few articles for my website.
This was at a time when I’d barely had any articles published before, and – to be perfectly honest – I was afraid that people wouldn’t like the content or my writing style (or both!).
Fortunately, my early articles generated lots of positive feedback, and this helped to boost my self-confidence and gave me the feeling that I was definitely on the right track.
3. What are the secrets to running a successful blog?
Persistence is the No. 1 key to success.
I’ve seen so many bloggers start off really well, but gradually lose their ideas and enthusiasm. In fact, most blogs seem to die off within just a few months.
To overcome this you need to have a plan and a goal.
Your plan might be to publish two blogs/articles a month; and your goal might be to attract 1,000 subscribers in your first year. These are both readily achievable – even by just investing a few hours a month into your site.
Another piece of advice I would give to a new writer is to make sure you spend plenty of time promoting your content. If you don’t do this – no one is likely to read your stuff. (However good it is.)
4. What advice would you give someone just starting their sustainable life?
Don’t try to do too much at once. Instead, implement a few small changes, and once they’re embedded in your routine – implement a few more!
I’m thinking of things like buying a reusable water bottle and switching your home to LED lighting.
5. Who inspires you? What about them impressed you?
Well, my answer may surprise you… the general public.
That’s right. I’ve been amazed how ordinary people (such as myself) have been quick to adopt eco-friendly and sustainable practices such as recycling, home-working and ethical product purchasing. You can also see this trend in action with the huge move recently towards veganism and vegetarianism.
Craig is passionate about technology and its potential to have a positive impact on our environment and lives. In addition to writing about green technology, Craig is also helping fellow writers at his site 6ft9 Writer, and sharing ‘Tips for Life’ at Lifehack.