Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Truth is Out There (There being Outside)

When I posted my last blog entry on May 8th I thought it would be easy to post a new entry every couple of days. I have free time now that I no longer spend hours each day working on a website and there are certainly lots of interesting things going on in the world and my place in it to inspire a more frequent output. I have lots of opinions and I'm not shy about sharing them, nor do I sidestep asking difficult questions of that world, the people in it and of myself.

Heck, I might even write something worth reading some day... if, that is, I get around to actually writing something.

I've thought about writing since my last entry of May 8th, lots of times. I just haven't until now, actually sat down to write anything. In fact, I've hardly been at the computer, let alone online, for the last few weeks.

I've been at work of course but all of my free time, the time I could be writing a blog that maybe, just maybe someone other than my Mother will read, the time I could be on Facebook doing... well, nothing usually, or the time I could be working on re-sizing past photo albums... ALL that free time I have spent doing something else.

I've been outside.

Outside, both in the literal sense of being outdoors and the ethereal sense of being outside MY bubble - thoughts, feelings and choices that are borne of an instinctual need to be the center of one's own universe - and instead offering that time to my family... my wife (who I fall in love with again every day) and our dog (the world's cutest Long-haired Chihuahua)

Oh, and I suppose the cat too.

Anyway, THAT kind of time, time spent with and about family... as much as possible in the great outdoors...

That kind of time trumps anything the internet can offer (or TV, movies, video games etc).

So, that's why I've been derelict (again) in posting entries in this blog but seriously, with all the gazillions and gazillions of things added to the internet every day I'd be kidding myself thinking anybody would stumble across it by accident and read it this far but if you did....

Here's the good part...

Going outside instead of online is a good thing. Get offline, get up and get outside.

Seriously. It's Spring. Wondrous things are occurring everywhere. I will write of some of the things I have seen and what I've discovered in these new lightened days which illuminate the path to whatever future awaits me, in this life and beyond.

So stop by once in awhile and see if there's anything new. And it should be once in awhile. Hopefully you're spending most of your free time outdoors, with loved ones and family, with God because if one did get the chance to look back at life at the moment of its ending it would be those times remembered for their richness and regretted for being discarded in favor of other less gratifying to the soul that provided a truth too late discovered.

The truth is out there.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The End of an Era - OWIE's Demise

It's been awhile since I posted anything in this blog, a regret I hope to change in the days, weeks and months to come. For a long time I've devoted my internet time to working on my website devoted to covering and recording the independent pro wrestling scene on Ontario. What started as a hobby grew into a monster, in the end it was demanding all of my free time to keep up.

Maybe I shouldn't say it demanded anything. It was my own sense of duty that drove me to exhaustion and caused me to neglect other things in my life (this blog among them.) Ultimately I had to make a choice... continue that website or walk away from it completely. Both choices had an upside and both also brought some negatives. After some serious thought I decided to pull the plug on it. The site, "Ontario Wrestling's Indy Elite" no longer exists. "OWIE" is no more.

It caused a bit of a stir in some circles, many people in the local wrestling community took it in stride and wished me well in my future endeavors... Others were quite bitter about it, almost like they felt I didn't have the right to walk away from a "job" that consumed literally hundreds of hours (and hundreds of dollars) every couple of months... a "job" I did for no monetary compensation and often no thank you from those I helped make famous.

Yea, I helped make people famous. OWIE helped put the Ontario indy wrestling scene in front of the whole world. The site was read be people in over 70 countries and in its 6 year existence over 1,000,000 unique viewers stopped to check it out. No other website served the Ontario wrestling scene like OWIE did. I built it and although I had some amazing contributors who submitted content over those 6 years it was me who did the bulk of the work.

I loved doing it but somewhere along the way the fuzz wore off the peach (so to speak) and it became increasingly harder to find the motivation to devote time to the site, especially when most of the feedback I got from those within the wrestling community was either negative or demanding more. The FANS who enjoyed OWIE made it all worthwhile and I still get messages from around the world asking what happened to the site.

I tell them the truth. It's gone and it won't be coming back.

I don't regret a thing.

Life requires balance and OWIE demanded too much time, energy and money. It was time to devote those things to what's really important to my life... my family, my health and my spirituality.

It is my intent to return to this blog to feed my need to write. I'm not sure what I'll write about or how often I'll do it and I don't know if anyone will notice or care that "Dew on the Newts" exists. It doesn't matter if someone comes along for the ride or not because for me, it is enough that I do what I do. If I needed reassurance or a pat on the back for doing something, OWIE never would have made it past its first year.

Balance is key.