This is a list of notable updates to the site. Some dates may be approximate. Try not to worry about it.
Created a new (secondary?) home page that features a grid of projects. Hopefully this better showcases my work at a glance, while still allowing for a deeper dive.
Added an image to the Y2K project. Also added a link to a Behance project.
Added an unlisted project. Tinkering around.
Reworked the homepage to better showcase recent stuff. Added a few more projects.
Christmas update! Added a Calendar page and updated a couple of links.
Added the Recycle Bin page.
Added another blog post and did a little cleanup.
Added a links page.
Added a new blog post.
Created an Atom (RSS) feed for the blog.
Added a guestbook link and fixed a typo or two.
I'm now a member of the Yesterweb.org webring. Added the widget to the homepage.
Added a status.cafe widget to the homepage and blog. Added a wishlist to the this page.
Launched a new version of my website, heavily inspired by dom's website ↗. (Ripped off with with permission. Thanks much, Dom!)
Here are a few things I'd like to eventually add to my site:
This site was coded using Brackets, an open source text editor, and is hosted for free on GitHub Pages. At the time of writing (and based on my limited knowledge), this is the cheapest way to have a website. The only thing I pay for is the domain, which is the standard $12/year (arguably an optional expense.)
I'm mentioning this because the leading site builder charges individual users nearly $200/year to have a website. Obviously, they offer templates and tools that make building a site much easier, but the high cost is a huge barrier to entry. In addition, you would also be relying on the whims of a multi-million dollar corporation and letting them harvest data from your site visitors. This is not a good transaction, especially for regular people who just want to have a website.
I mean no disrespect to my fellow internet residents. You do what's best for you! Maybe the trade off is worth it to some people. Or maybe not everyone cares about this stuff. But I can't help feeling strange when I go to an regular person's website and I'm required to click "accept" on an agreement to have my data harvested — just to read some text and look at some images. I don't think this sort of thing should be normalized, personally.
All this to say, there is a better way! To be clear, I'm not saying I have it all figured out. (Probably worth noting here that GitHub is not free from sin.) And I'm not saying it's exactly easy to stand up a website. But learning some basic HTML and CSS can get you a very long way, especially if you simply want to share your thoughts and art or otherwise express yourself.
This isn't exaclty a manifesto, but I'm strongly in favor of a return to the independent web. I would love to visit websites that were made by human beings instead of corporations and algorithms. If that's something you're interested in, I've listed a few resources that have helped me along the way.
Posted: 2022.11.26 ✦
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