After many hour of nearly pointless deliberations I am now finally putting up the inaugural post on my very own website, Potentially Wasteful! This has been a personal goal of mine for a few years now and while it seems like an incredibly small thing, but I’ve really wanted to have my own website, one that is 100% mine. It’s seems silly, since other than an aesthetic overhaul there really isn’t anything fundamentally different from my old blog that was hosted on Blogspot.
Except that little bit right there, “hosted on.” Somehow knowing that always made me feel like it wasn’t fully my blog. It was some sort of rental unit that I had for now, but it could never be more than that. Potentially Wasteful is the exact opposite of that. This is only the first post but I already know that this blog is 100% mine to make with it what I will. The infinite potential (eh?) of this site is entirely mine to make use of or let go to waste. (eh?) The decision to take the step forward with making Potentially Wasteful also came with the opportunity to to take another look at what kind of writing I’ve been doing for the past while. Unfortunately when I did take that look what I saw could be best described as skin deep only.
The writing was fun to do and generally had a pretty happy feel with it, but re-reading a bunch of the old posts I felt like they only focused on positive aspects and outlooks on things, which feels like a contradiction when it was paired with a title like “The Critical Canuck.” It’s not like there is anything inherently wrong with writing positive stuff, I just want to do more than that. Not every experience or story is happy with sunshines and rainbows to spare, and that’s good as well, since negative experiences are the ones that we extract the most valuable information from, at least in my experience that has been the case. Also without the negative pieces to accompany ones with the good it ends up looking like I don’t have anything to contribute and that I’m just blindly praising whatever person or thing I’m talking about, and then the writing doesn’t feel noteworthy.
Enough of this particular rant though, another time perhaps. I’m sure some of you are wondering how I arrived at the name for the site no? Something like Potentially Wasteful isn’t usually the first idea a person pitches. When I decided to go with that as the name of this blog I had two meanings in mind, one for those who will be reading this and then one for myself. The meaning for the readers is that for the most part people that come here will be looking for something entertaining to read, and therefore according to some your use of time is considered “Potentially Wasteful.” As for myself is a reminder of how my efforts here can become potentially wasted if I allow myself to slip back into old habits of bi-monthly updates and things along those lines. I also really wanted to incorporate Potential into the name since it is such an interesting word to me. On one hand you have the infinite potential something like a blog has to be whatever the writer wants it to be, but also potential is theoretical in nature and only matters if results line up to back up the potential. It’s one of the most important ways for people to describe what they think can happen, but also entirely meaningless in the same instant. Have I rambled enough to justify using my favorite jarring gif? You bet I have!
To summarize, I’m really excited about my new blog named Potentially Wasteful. I hope to cover a signifigantly larger range of topics over time and most importantly [POTENTIAL INTENSIFIES]
Make good decisions everyone.