Welcome. Back in 2002 or 2003, I was feeling in a bit of a rut and I decided to go out each Monday and do something new. I did it for 6 or 8 weeks and just told my friends at the time about the different things I was doing. I think one of them coined the term “New Thing Monday.” When the funds start rolling in from this lucrative blogging hobby, I’ll need to cut them in.
This blog sort of began in November 2009. The first few NTMs were actually written up as FB notes where I tagged a few friends who I thought might be interested. Around Christmas of 2009, a close and tech savvy friend said “I made you a blog so more people can see these.” The notes were moved over to become the first few blog posts and off we went. Then it halted in 2011. No real reason. Sometimes things just pause. Then it was dormant. I lost the domain name (and all the content) and then bought the domain back. Now NTM is back, like a mythical phoenix, or a real life bad burrito – you can decide. When I started, I planned to do 52 – a year’s worth. I didn’t quite get there before the stall. I did 48. They appear here as they were posted originally (with some typos corrected if I noticed them while republishing). I decided to go ahead and write about 4 more new things I’ve done since the stall so I would have a complete set of 52. When the blog began, the “about” page said this:
“Each Monday (or some other day, if Monday doesn’t work one week for some reason), I am going to do something I have not done before. I am giving myself no rules, except my own morals (and a loose adherence to the spirit, if not the letter, of the penal code). Sometimes it may be something significant and sometimes it may be something silly or small. My goal is that it just be something different from the normal routine or something I have not tried before. I am open to suggestions. If your suggestion seems really expensive, please send funds to cover the cost.”
Now, the current and accurate “about” page text:
It’s an interesting experience to write an “about” section after you have completed a blog. Like most things, in life, we have some idea going in and a different, or at least deeper, idea when the smoke clears. What started as a way to get out of a rut, became a wonderful experience of opening up, meeting people, laughing (most often at myself), pondering and questioning. Now, looking back, the blog isn’t about anything. It’s just my recounting of a few of my experiences during my brief time on this rock hurtling through space (at the same time as you – which is kind of cool). The experiences are very valuable to me, so the stories bring me much joy as I look back. I hope they make you laugh, and smile, and cry, and go do something new yourself.
A very special thanks to my little sister, who turned NTM into a print book for Christmas several years ago and kept a Word version of it that allowed me to recreate it here.