So often when we put new things out into the world – and this is especially true on the internet – what we think they are and what they actually are can quickly become two very different things. I’ve seen one small thought in a single post transform a small blog into a world-changing movement with thousands of active and engaged team members. I’ve seen well-planned projects with millions of dollars invested scrapped within months when the public decided they didn’t care about it after all.
That’s both the beauty and the horror of the web: you can never tell exactly what you’re going to get, so you better go in with a rough idea of what you want to accomplish, but be prepared to roll with the changes that are sure to come (and probably quickly). As Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
After seeing my initial plans for web projects get heavily revised again and again over the past two decades, I’m perfectly happy driving into this one with a pleasantly vague sense of where I want it to go, while still being aware that the map will probably be sucked out the open window the moment we get up to any real speed. And that’s totally okay.
I do have plenty of ideas about what I think this project should be and will be, but those I’ll keep to myself for now until I see what it decides it wants to be. Because who knows anything, anyway? I sure don’t.
I’ll tell you one thing I am certain about, though. VAR is going to be chock-full of all the helpful links I discover as I navigate my way through a new and interesting field of study, and I’m sure the information I compile will be helpful to other people as well. Not only that, but I’ll be throwing in fun little easter eggs here and there, along with a focus on finding pieces that are truly beautiful.
So, while collectors will use the site differently than dealers, students, experts, researchers, and bloggers, I’m pretty sure that if you love books at all, you will find plenty of things to like about VAR. And please please please, if you think of something you’d like to see on this site, something that would be beneficial to you, or something I could be doing better, drop me a line and let me know. I love learning, and I love improving on a system. Let’s work together to continue evolving this project into the best tool it can be.
For me at least, I know that I’m going to learn a ton, I’m going to explore, I’m going to connect with interesting, intelligent people, and along the way I’m going to write a little bit, which I haven’t done in a long time. It’ll be fun. :)
So that’s how to use this site.
(Image source: My personal wall map of roads traveled