All the time people ask me:
“How did you learn how to ________?”
Not just for:
a cat in a shark costume on a roomba chasing a duckling…
Indeed, I learned a lot of my hobbies with the help of the internet.
i also love the blues. it will make your soul hurt.
So, how do you get started? Well, pick something! A several years ago I decided (in October, how appropriate!) I wanted to do a container garden at my apartment. This was long before I moved in with my fiance. I figured, since it was October I had more than enough time to learn how not to kill plants. After a ton of research, I came across vermicomposting. Worm farming. Baby Jesus, that was so up my alley I fell into it drunk and woke up throwing up rainbows. It had never occurred to me that I, Brittany Mary, could have my very own herd of worms in my basement. I love worms. Don’t ask why. I don’t even know. It might be from fishing as a young child with my uncles, or the first time someone told me that kitchen scraps can be turned into dirt as a young child. I still remember the first time I saw a compost pile and I remember it was the most fascinating thing to an 8 year old tomboy. I was hooked on the idea of vermicompost. And is served two purposes.
1.) I could literally start doing this now (remember, it was October) and
2.) It would keep me busy while I was working and researching container gardens and
3.) I could use it in my container garden.
BOOM! Let’s do this thing!
So how do we start?
I have boiled down my “method,” if you will allow me the indulgence, for people who have decided they want to do SOMETHING but they don’t know where to start.
1. Pick Something!
What have you always wanted to try? What have you done before, but stopped doing for whatever reason? Are you passionate about food? Animals? Do you want to make things so you spend less money? What do you want? Do you know someone who does something you want to do? Heck, Google random ehow sites until something trips your trigger.
2. Get on the internet!
Research your topic. Type it into Google. Check out pages dedicated to your chosen hobby. These people are amazing, trust me. If you’re not having the best luck, try Googling your topic and look for forums. The forums will give you real, hands on, less OMGGUYSCHECKOUTMYPHOTOSHOPPEDIMAGEZZZZONPINTEREST*
*I despise pinterest I want to see what YOU DID, not what you saw someone else DO.
3. GET OFF THE INTERNET (kind of)
Now you need a book. You need all books. I love books. I want to read them all.
I read fast. And I love to read. I can knock out several books in a week. I cannot necessarily afford several books a week. However, behold, the magic of your local library! They usually have the Interlibrary Loan program where you can request books. Request as many as you can.
ledbelly break. Goodnight, Irene
Get every book on your topic. Some will be not so great, some will be amazing. Use Amazon.com to check out the reviews or get book suggestions. Request them via Interlibrary Loan. Read them, love them, buy the ones you love the most. Learn everything you can before you start.
4. Use your imagination
Think about what you want to do. When are you going to do it? How much time will you have? What tools do you need? What will it look like? What is your budget? Imagine yourself doing your project. What space do you need? Where are you going to put it when you’re not using it? This stuff is important. If you don’t feel like you have the time or money right now, you can always put it on the back burner before you invest money and time into it.
john the revelator. your soul will bleed.
5. Go shopping!
Buy or borrow what you need. Do you need flower pots? Ask around if anyone has some in their garage. I got about 40 clay pots that way. A blender? Got that free too. My brother and I have gotten SEVERAL tvs this way. Thrift stores, estate sales, hit them up! Get your tools. Ebay. Craigslist. Freecycle. Or the store. Whatever you prefer, get all the tools you need. No need to get fancy, but be prepared.
6. JUST DO IT, BABY.
NOT SAFE FOR WORK. It’s Hole, of course there’s cursing.
Do it! Give it a swing. Give it the ol’ college try. Practice makes perfect. Plan out. Do. If some idiot in the midwest of the USA
who can barely walk into the room and not explode into farts can do things, you can too! Try. Try hard. Work hard. Fail. Try again. Don’t give up! Google it again. Read your books. Do it. Just f*cking do it. I know you can.
a reward for reading, Shave ‘Em Dry by Lucille Bogan. Written and recorded in the 30’s. NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
VERY DIRTY BIRDY. MILEY’S HAMMER LICKING AIN’T GOT NOTHING ON LUCILLE.
the crabs walk in like PEOPLE?!?!?!?!?!?!