Nothing Hypothetical is a project in three parts. At first the focus was to get me back online as a content producer after many years as a consumer of information on the Internet. I wanted to push myself to the creative test and encourage others to avoid the temptation to become passengers on the World Wide Web.
The second facet of this became a commitment to write and publish one poem every day for a year. I was inspired by one of the first video pod-casters, a fellow by the name of Ze Frank. He had done a similar experiment which was both successful and entertaining. Part of his focus was encouraging his fans, whom he called Sports Racers to not be satisfied with observing his work, but to establish their own creative outlets online.
I have always had a strange tendency towards perfectionism. It is a vanity of mine. I say vanity because specifically I had never done any creative work in public outside of school plays and musical performances. Whenever I had attempted to showcase something of my own, it ended up as scrap. I was never happy enough with the results to share them with others. Nothing Hypothetical changed all that with a commitment to publish every day, regardless of my satisfaction with the work.
That first year’s set of poems is available on this website, though there ended up being a few more than one-a-day. 369 according to the blog’s count. Currently I have no means of organizing them or presenting them in any particularly enlightening order. If you wish to browse them you can select Year One. A good friend of mine is editing them; perhaps later there will be a print edition.
Now I’ve entered a new phase where I am exploring essays along with poetry and photography. Perhaps I will link, as I did a bit in the beginning, to interesting things I find. But the deadlines have been removed and the training wheels are off. We’ll have to see where this takes us.
Comments and suggestions from readers are welcome.