For the year of 2011, I’m living Canadian.
For 12 months, I will only buy Canadian products, eat Canadian food and consume Canadian media. I’m documenting my progress through this website, and hope to publish a book about my project in 2012.
Why am I doing this? From the website’s page of rarely-asked questions:
My reasons are three-fold.
- It’s a way to trick myself into being more thoughtful about what I consume. Have you ever tried manually tracking every single expense you incur for a month or two? You become hyper-aware of your spending. This project works the same way. And maybe I can inspire a few others to think about how they consume.
- I’m curious, and I like research. I hope that this living Canadian vein is a deep vein to tap.
- I’m a bit of a patriot.
It should be fun. As per this post, I’m adding a category of Canadian products and services each month, so the effect is cumulative. Things are pretty easy now–month #1 is ‘household goods’, but they’re going to be weird and uncomfortable in six or eight months.
A side effect of One Year, One Canadian is that I’ll be writing fewer posts for this site. I’ll be writing about a lot of the same sort of random stuff over there, so I hope you’ll find some of that engaging. I won’t be abandoning this site for the year, but I will be dialing down the post frequency.
Here’s the 12-step program for my project. Which do you think will be the most difficult month for me?