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Best of the Burghosphere – Green Grandma

It’s National Blog Post Month and several of us who can be characterized as “Pittsburgh Bloggers” have joined forces to participate in something called the Best of the Burghosphere.  This is an opportunity for us to celebrate the variety of blogs we have that are based in, or relate to, Pittsburgh and expose our readers to other personalities.  We were assigned another blog to review and then we were to determine an appropriate award category for that blogger.

I’ll be honest.  I was hoping to be assigned a blogger who writes fairly simple, straightforward posts that fall into one, or maybe two, categories.  That did not happen.  I was asked to review the blog Green Grandma.  Now, I typically blog about, writing, running, or policing.  She does none of that.  The posts are written by Hana Haatainen Caye who describes the blog as a place “…where old fashioned ways combine with 21st century common sense. Articles are often geared toward young parents as they wade through the myriad of choices as they try to live greener and healthier lives. Green companies, places and products are often featured and occasional guest bloggers share their expertise.”


I like the following description better.  I hereby declare Hana Haatainen Caye (a.k.a. Green Grandma) the:

Blogger Most Likely to Keep You From Poisoning Yourself While She Simultaneously Gives You Birthing Tips

I hope nobody else in the Burghosphere event invented that category when determining awards.  I’d hate for there to be a duplicate.

The variety you find on Green Grandma is incredible.  If you want to know if the tap water in your area is safe to drink – you can find out.  If you want to know 1,098,423,408 ways to use vinegar – those are here.  What’s that?  You want to read about the experiences other have had while giving birth?  Yep.  She’s got that too.

Hana does a great job of keeping the content fresh and there is something for everyone.  I actually met her once at an author event (because, of course, she writes and narrates books too) and her personality comes across in the blog.  And that’s a good thing.  Really!

Congrats to Hana and her blog Green Grandma on receiving this notoriety.  While it goes without saying she will remember this as the greatest accomplishment of her life, I’m sure Hana has much more planned for us in the future.  Be sure to check out Green Grandma.

Also, check out the other great blogs that were part of this “competition”.  Maybe Steel City Intrigue is in there somewhere.  This list is here.

J.J. Hensley is the author of RESOLVE, which is set against the backdrop of the Pittsburgh Marathon, Measure Twice, and other works. Hensley is a former police officer and former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service.

Twitter @JJHensleyauthor


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