Saturday, August 20, 2005

Paulburgess.Org Is Four Years Old

my personal website
Well, my personal website, paulburgess.org, is four years old today.

Yes, the oldest entry in my personal site's guestbook is dated August 20, 2001. That was back long before I had a blog, long before I'd ever even heard of the blogosphere. I spent some of my spare time in the summer of 2001, teaching myself HTML and cobbling together a personal website. I'm afraid my personal website looked rather retro, even back in those days. Which today makes it like a coelecanth dredged up out of the ocean depths.

The original URL of my site was http://hosting.acegroup.cc/~pburgess, which I think may still work. My site was hosted (and still is) with my small local ISP. I registered the paulburgess.org domain name a few months later.

At first the pictures on paulburgess.org were limited to screenshots, digital photos taken and emailed to me by friends, and a few pictures I borrowed from elsewhere. (I actually went to the trouble of getting permission from a site over in Japan to use some of their Japanese anime pictures.) I divided the website into a briefer introductory section "above the fold," where I showcased several of my hobbies and interests for quick and easy perusal. "Below the fold" was a much more extensive collection of stories I'd written over the years, and philosophical ramblings drawn from my journal on my hard drive, as well as from letters to two longtime friends who were kind enough to grant me permission to spread our joint insanity before the world.

my personal website ca. 2002
I eventually got a digital camera, which made it easy to add to my site all the pictures I wanted. The photo album on my site contains zillions of photos (a few video clips, too) of me and my parishioners. I've also added "below the fold" some digitally-oriented material (such as an audio clip of me speaking in that language I created), and some rather technical research papers. In short, over these past four years paulburgess.org has just kept growing and growing.

Paulburgess.org gets a modest but steady stream of traffic. Not much overlap with the visitors to my blog, who are mostly fellow bloggers. I've gotten quite a pile of email correspondence over the years from visitors to paulburgess.org: folks interested in some of my semi-technical and sesqui-technical writings on mysticism; inquiries about Jack Kerouac; remarks on my hippy-dippy Sixties tendencies; questions about how to set certain things up in Linux; and recently someone who wanted to query me in extensive detail about an old science-fiction story I'd written. The visitors to a personal website tend to be a wild, wooly, diverse lot.

So paulburgess.org is four years old. The Internet is not quite the same place today that it was four years ago. Sets a body to pondering on how different cyberspace will be, four years, or fourteen years, or forty years from now.

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Blogger Grand Moff Trojan said...

Congrats!

Sunday, August 21, 2005 4:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

I love your site! The colors make me happy. They're so ... clear and true and different, without being garish and horrid and discordent.

Sure, your content is great. But ... you may have missed your calling in that you're not a designer. Just a thought!

Sunday, August 21, 2005 7:55:00 PM  

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