Those of you reading this via RSS or other forms of syndication may not realize that I’ve change domains. Or rather, changed back — I’ve repurposed the URL based on my real name and have gone back to using Do or Do Not as the name of this site. Using my real-name-as-domain-name never felt quite right to me; I only started using it in an attempt to start building the “brand” of my name, but ironically enough, it kind of alienated me from my own site. And I have bigger and better goals for this site now. So I wrote a brand new Mission Statement! Wanna hear it? Here it go!
I want to start this mission statement by defining what I don’t want this site to be: I don’t want it just to be a blog. I don’t want it simply to be a recording of my gut-level reaction to pop culture ephemera. I don’t want it to feel meaningless, either to my audience or to me, and I don’t want it to be something that doesn’t push me to improve myself as a writer, an artist, a programmer and a person.
I do want this site to be a repository for all of my various creative endeavors. After all, nothing really counts as being done until I put it online for praise from the masses, right? I can tell you right now this will not be a single-focus site. It’s more of a tour of my brain, and my brain can be a wide-reaching and messy place.
I do want to do write about a more diverse array of topics than I have traditionally: sure, the old standbys — movies, sports, comic books, TV shows, books, kids, music — those will all still have a place here, if something moves me enough to write it. But I also want to write about deeper topics, too. I want to push myself — I want to write about societal issues, about web development, about parenting, about anything that strikes me. Maybe even about politics if I’m feeling brave. (Yes, I know that nothing prevented me from writing about anything I wanted to before, but I was far more concerned about cultivating an audience than I was plumbing the depths of my own head.)
I want to post things that aren’t writing and feel confident in doing so. If I’m inspired, I should feel free to put artwork up, or graphic design, or even code samples, if it’s something I’m feeling strongly about.
I want to write short pieces. I want to write long pieces. I want to write multi-part pieces.
I want this site to grow beyond being simply a blog; I want to create projects that live here. I’m a web developer; I should develop some web stuff and put it out into the world. It’s what I do for a living, so I should be able to do it for fun, too.
I want to use this site as a way to learn new things, as a way to enhance and expand the skills I already have. I don’t want this site to be easy for me.
I want to help others. I want to write posts or create projects to help people, to inspire and motivate them. The name “Do or Do Not” doesn’t apply just to me — I want to get other people to Do, too.
Ultimately that’s what it’s all about – the Doing. The name “Do or Do Not” (and, of course, the famous quote from which it derives) has always spoken to me, and I’m sad now that I abandoned it for several years. In four simple words, in nine letters, it sums up a world of motivational speeches and inspirational techniques and ass-kicking and butt-chewing.
Do. Or do not.
I’m choosing to Do, and I’m hoping maybe I can get others to Do, too.