Digging through file archives of my websites of yore tonight. I’ve been keeping websites for most of the duration since 1997. Mixed among the archives are all the journals, side projects, one-off experiments, and futuristic snazzy things that I loved to do. Good times.
It surprises me just how many of these hardcoded pages are still viewable with modern browsers. Those are the ones where I wrote with sane, near-standard HTML; sure, the CSS is wrong (or nonexistent), there are open tags all over the place, and every HTML tag is in upper case (definitely not XHTML4 compliant), the page is designed using nested tables for formatting and spacing, etcetera. But, for the most part, they still look like they did 15 years ago.
So, I’ve been knocking around the thought that maybe I should make a copy of the archives, update the copy to use modern scripting techniques to work in modern and future browsers, and then post them here. Most of the work I did was a bit amateurish, some of it fun, but it was a moment in my life when this was my A-1 hobby, and that’s important to document and share. I’m also considering taking the text of the journals and duplicating them into this WordPress format, just for historical sake. As far as dynamically-generated content, I’ve been using some sort of journaling engine on my site since 2003, but really, I’ve been writing journal entries since 1997 on the first iterations of my first site, The Farm.
Call it a documentarian’s itch. Call it an old man and his modern memoirs. Call it a trip down memory lane in a wheeled desk chair. Somebody’s got to remember and share these things, and that person is me. Archive.org has only so much of my old stuff archived in the Wayback Machine. My turn to take up the slack.