Sustainable is a bit of a buzz word usually tethered to industries such as agriculture or development.
“Sustainable agriculture is the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare.”
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Uncoupled from industry, to be sustainable means
able to be maintained at a certain rate or level, capable of being supported by having its weight borne from below
able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed
No surprise living on our acreage, I support sustainable agriculture – it speaks to my heart and taking care of everyday blessings. But “sustainable” has much more of a meaning for me personally as I use it as a core 444Farm business value –
To be sustainable, 444Farm Soaps must maintain a certain level of revenue without using us (dear husband and I) up emotionally and physically.
If we don’t have both of those, then our business is not sustainable and we have to quit.
Ouch, that hurts. There are many times that we are feeling that we don’t have time for fun anymore as 444Farm Soaps is just our part-time job on top of full-time jobs and maintaining our acreage and livestock.
So here it is - a 30 day blogging challenge – BLOGGING EVERY DAY— when I’m already feeling overwhelmed and out of time. What am I thinking!?!
I accept the challenge – no, not on 30 days of blogging, the jury is still out on that one. But I do accept the challenge on making blogging sustainable - doing it for the long run on a regular basis. I don't know yet what that means. 7 days a week may not be sustainable, but maybe 3 times is. At the same time I don't want to give myself a pass and do less when seven is sustainable.
Write (every day for 7 days)
Great (although some days may not be as great as others)
Blogs (let's not be strangers!)
Quickly (is average of 60 minutes reasonable?)
Reducing process waste (where else am I going to find an extra 7 hours)
Increased traffic – increased sales (it is part of sustainability, after all)
Skill improvement (both writing and on what I write about)