Site Updates

Big changes: Welcome to the Eutopian

Hi! I changed everything, finally. I used to be at veganithaca.wordpress.com because I believe in free culture. But then there were ads, and I have hosting anyway, so I finally made the plunge and have turned this into a self-hosted WordPress. It’s been nice to finally get all of my social networking stuff nicely integrated – check out the stuff on the right to see what I post on Twitter and Tumblr and Pinterest if you usually only know me from Facebook. I’m much less filtered on these other sites.

You can learn more about the name change and the site’s focus here.

Thank you so much to anyone and everyone who reads this blog, particularly to those of you who have left comments and made other contributions over the years. I’m not very good at communicating in person but I’m always learning how to communicate better online, and I owe you all a huge debt of gratitude for your support, critiques, and inspiration. Please do call me on my privilege and tell me when I need to think harder. I apologize for any missteps I’ve already made and thank you for sticking with me as I become (hopefully) less ignorant. Peace!

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Speaking for myself

I’m no longer calling this blog “Vegan Ithaca,” but rather, “Living a Vegan Life in Ithaca” – and it’s no longer going to attempt to catalog vegan goings-on in Ithaca. That is too big a task for me! I felt like I was representing the views of others, or that folks would think that I was trying to represent others. So now I’m only representing myself and my own views, on this site. For more about this, please click here.

I had a bit of a revelation in 2012 – namely, that I don’t have to speak for anyone else, and I don’t have to work toward anyone else’s goals. That’s a very liberating idea! I can really hold myself back when I’m worried about whether I’m stepping on someone else’s toes. So to that end, I made this change, and started a Tumblr. My hope is that this reframing will help me to feel more free in my advocacy, so I can be a better ally and a more effective activist. We’ll see how it goes.

Please feel free to click the follow button to your right (or the RSS link), so you’ll get updates. I really value feedback, so please do tell me what you think of this change, or of the Tumblr. Thanks for reading!

Promote your vegan self!

Good morning Ithaca-area vegans: Here’s another reminder that if you’re not yet listed on the Find Ithaca Vegans page (or, if you have a food-related business, the Find Vegan Food page), you are very welcome to join us! Just leave a comment telling me who you are, and what your link is, and I’ll put you up there. It can be a blog, business, book, social group, portfolio, or any other website, as long as it’s animal-friendly and run by a local vegan.

These listings aren’t a commercial endeavor, they’re just a volunteer effort to promote Ithaca-area vegans, to help make us easier to find, so folks can patronize our businesses and read our blogs and so on.

Thanks to all of you awesome vegans out there, who make Ithaca such an animal-friendly (and delicious) place to live!

Vegan Ithaca 2010 in Review

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.
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This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2010. Thanks to all of you who have read this blog, shared the link, contributed guest posts, and helped get out the word on Facebook and Twitter – without your help Vegan Ithaca (and the vegans in Ithaca!) wouldn’t be this deliciously visible!

And of course, thanks to all of the vegans out there who are working and inventing and teaching and showing the world that it’s not only possible but delightful to abstain from the exploitation of animals. Here’s to another great year of the animal-friendly life in Ithaca!

Read on for an illuminating roundup of how this blog did over the past year – where did all that traffic come from? What were the big stories of 2010?
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Authors wanted!

Thanks to everyone who answered the poll on what this site should provide to the Ithaca vegan community. The highest-rated site features people would like are:

  • Timely event listings for local potlucks, social gatherings, and events 16%
  • Profiles of local vegans and vegan organizations 16%
  • A place where I can post stuff too – I want to be an author! 16%
  • Vegan recipes 16%

So, by popular demand, let’s get some more voices in here! Does anyone want to be an author, or know someone who would like to write for this site? Please check out our call for authors.