Sustainable Internet: Eco-Friendly websites with Renewable Energy
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Building sustainable websites with renewable energy

Running the internet and the global World Wide Web comes at the cost of producing roughly 2% of the world’s total emissions, and it accounts for 10% of global electricity demand. What can be done as a webmaster and a site owner to reduce this carbon footprint?

May 3, 2022 · 8 min · Miika von Bell
Lately, I've been paying a lot of attention to the way people communicate with one another across different communication channels such as Teams, Slack, Yammer, Mattermost, Jira and so on.
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Grammar in the workplace: Importance of good communication

Now that the IT sector is almost entirely working remotely, communication with written text across all the communication mediums is part of everyday life for most IT workers. I find it quite fascinating how people use grammar and written text differently depending on the communication medium and who those messages are sent to. I’ve tried to develop a pretty grammatically correct writing style no matter who I am writing to or where I am writing....

May 3, 2022 · 5 min · Miika von Bell
Work-life balance is a two way street.
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Seeking good work-life balance and avoiding burnout

I keep struggling to find the keys to a good and healthy work-life balance. I want to think that I’ve made many changes and adjustments in my life to maintain a proper work-life balance, but I still keep finding myself close to what I would call a burnout state. I’ve entirely quit alcohol for almost four years already. I do zero drugs or have any medication. I work out regularly, and I have a clean diet....

May 3, 2022 · 6 min · Miika von Bell
Starting social media presence from scratch
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Getting back into social media after many years

I’ve never really been a huge fan of social media and I have left many times most of the social media platforms before. One of my posts, The end of social media was at one point one of the best performing blog posts in my blog, in terms of daily visitors. There is something really depressing about social media that makes me want to avoid them altogether. However, I want to give the major social media platforms a shot again because of one specific reason: automation....

May 2, 2022 · 2 min · Miika von Bell
Cleaning bird houses before summer for birds to nest.
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Backyard birding in the Nordics during spring

Our property isn’t the biggest one (less than an acre) but we surely have some nice birds around to enjoy some birding activities like photographing, bird feeding, bird housing and so on. There is an open water area about 100 meters from our shore which my camera can just barely zoom in enough to identify some of the birds that are already swimming there. Cranes (Grus grus) are already starting to visit our lake as it’s melting away more every day....

April 20, 2022 · 2 min · Miika von Bell