I’m always working on some kind of little side project. It’s my compulsion. My writing and photography. Random coding projects. This blog. This month with the photo (un)project. And this post itself is even a kind of meta-project. Many of my little projects are creative endeavors ranging from those that are vague, floating ideas existing solely in my brain to those with more structure, for which a bunch of work has been done — but forever in progress. None have much hope for any real monetization as they mostly exist for my own use or amusement — and so I don’t mind sharing the details for readers to enjoy. They just are. They just exist. Fun. So, sharing those details? That’s what I’m going to do here.
Why, you ask? Well, it goes something like this…
In Decembers (since 2005) I spend a large chunk of time composing a large retrospective post for a grand New Years reveal, a glimpse back on my personal year and what I think I’ve accomplished. I’ve always enjoyed this, despite the work involved. And more a than anything I enjoy reading back over them years later and seeing how things have changed… ideas have changed… opinions… worries… woes… everything, really.
In Junes (since only this year, but it was such an awesome exercise and success I’m going to continue next year) I answer an introspective list of vague questions about my life, my universe, and my everythings, a new post each day which highlights the answer in whatever way I see fit to answer on that particular day. I wasn’t sure what I’d think of this when I set upon it in a few months back, but I found it absolutely inspiring and was able to write some posts that turned out way more awesome than I’d ever have hoped, and still are now probably responsible for the new shape and feel of this blog since relaunch. Thus, repeat due next year.
But great as these things are, they only occupy a small fraction of my time and efforts here… which is a little sad. (And not that sarcastic-kind-of-sad either… more, frowny-face sad.)
As a consequence, I started looking towards some new ideas for a blog project I could do in between June and December — settling on trying for quarterly projects of this type — and (as September is quickly approaching) set my mind to something unique and equally self-inspiring as the other two months, but in September and March.
What I settled on (for September, at least) is The September Saturdays Stockpile of Silly Schemes, the idea being that, as the snowy winter approaches here in Canada, and I settle back into my frosty hibernation mode, burrowed indoors with plenty of cold nights to cuddle up with a blanket and a computer, my mind turns back to those little side projects I alluded to above: those creative endeavors that seem to change quite frequently, and for which I often make very little record.
This is going to be my record. One project per week with a post published on each Saturday of the month.
The September Saturdays Stockpile of Silly Schemes seeks to detail the spark, struggle, and stress of those projects. In each Saturday post I hope to reveal a bit of the speculation, study, and strategy behind one particular project, summarized in a week of thought but a single post. And in concluding each post, I hope to give you, my readers, a sense of the shape, status, and steering that I strive to send myself to some sense of success for those efforts.
(How’s that for some alliteration-laden descriptions?)
So, not quick daily posts. Not a big long post summarizing everything. But somewhere in between: a weekly post about what I’m working, why, and where I expect it to go… if anywhere. Watch for it here in a couple more weeks.