I knew I was on to something when I forgot to eat. When something captures my imagination I tend to be an “all in” kind of person. Things I’ve been analyzing and discussing for years started falling in to place once I had a vision for this website. The keystone was the decision to do a Thing of the Week.
I’m hoping to transition my online presence into something that allows me to connect with more people who like what I like. I’ve heard it explained that everyone is either a consumer or producer. I like making stuff. Other people enjoy the stuff I make. I’m hoping that this site will provide inspiration to others to go out and make their own stuff or have me make stuff for them.
Over the course of 2010 I am attempting to make and catalog one thing per week. I know right now that this is extremely ambitious, but that is part of the fun. This project is about taking risks, dreaming big and being ok with the failures that will surely accompany the successes.
Now this is not an original idea. In this particular case it was a one-two punch that finally sparked me to action. For a couple of years I have been a fan of Jonathan Coulton’s music and really liked the success of his Thing a Week experiment. More recently Wil Wheaton issued a challenge to his readers to Get Excited and Make Things (He uses a couple of naughty words. You have been warned).
This website is the first result of this idea. See what I did there? I’m counting the site as a TotW. It was a lot of work for this neophyte blogity webberoo to get from no site to this site so I’m counting it.
Expect more from me in the coming weeks. Maybe it will be a painting or drawing or some photos. It might be the console table I’ve been meaning to build. Perhaps I’ll show you some recent projects like my low-cost drying rack. Half of the reason I’m doing this is to get my ideas in front of you.
This is also part of my goal setting. I’m hoping by posting this goal here it will add a little accountability weight to the idea. Besides, I think you guys will give me some good encouragement to push through this project.