It’s time for another Timeless Thoughts entry. Georgie and I co-host this monthly link-up, and I am hosting again for this month. If you would like to participate, you’re more than welcome to join our link-up by submitting your entry with the link-up widget located at the end of this entry! This link-up is opened for two weeks, and your entry can be about anything you find unforgettable from your past or present! It can be an object, an event, a person — anything goes — and you can have more than one thing you miss or find unforgettable.
August will always be a special month for me, for it was in August 2001, I registered my first domain with DreamHost. That first domain of mine was a collective, and its name is one I’d like to forget — just what was I thinking?! Then in September 2001, I started up my first blog, which also had a horrible name . . . Eventually, I wisened up and bought Aigoo-Chamna.net for a separate blog in August 2002, and that became my main domain and blog until I transferred my blog to Aigoo.me. I cannot believe it has been sixteen years since I became a domain owner! Boy, do I feel ancient . . .
Ancient or not, my actual webpage-making history began even earlier than that. Thanks to my friends, I re-discovered animes as a freshman in high school. Slayers became one of my favourite series, and I had the biggest anime crush on one of its characters, Zelgadiss Greywords. My love for him was so huge that it encouraged me to make my first website dedicated in his honour, and it eventually became a general anime website. Prior to that, my dad had bought me Microsoft Front Page, an absolute horrible website building programme from the dinosaur days, but it pushed me to try making websites. From there, I transitioned into using Geocities and other free website hosts — only to discover so many limitations with space and bandwidth along with the inability to install scripts and other coding languages that were used back then.
The limitations encouraged me to beg my dad to buy me a paid host. I’d craved that freedom and wanted an escape from the free hosts. It took me a couple of weeks of begging my dad until he gave in. When he did, I decided to be hosted on DreamHost and I chose my first domain on August 15, 2001. I turned that into a collective, and I migrated that Zelgadiss/general anime site to my collective, started a blog, and opened up so many sites to include cliques and fanlistings. It was incredibly freeing to be on a paid host that allowed me to do anything with my websites.
Though I can’t help but wince at my past self and wonder about my sanity back then, I will not deny the fact that I had enjoyed my earlier forays into making websites. Sixteen years later, I’ve simplified my bazillion websites and domains to three. I am no longer that teen who wanted to make a bunch of websites and own a bunch of domains; instead I am an adult who knows what she wants in terms of webpages. I do miss those days of never-ending websites, but those memories — as fond as I am — can stay in the past, and I’ll just look towards the future.
This concludes my post. Below are the rules, banner, and the widget for you to submit your entry; you will have two weeks to submit! I look forward to seeing all your posts, and I hope to see you all again next month at Georgie’s blog!
- Link back to this info page: https://aigoo.me/timeless-thoughts with a text or a banner link.
- If you aren’t able to participate during X month, it’s okay! Feel free to join when you can!
- Your entry can focus on one nostalgic topic or 10! It’s all up to you :)
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