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Inspiration to self-host is…..
As some are aware we decided to participate in this ancient practice known as webrings. This technique occurred because social networks didn’t really exist in the 90s. You can’t really blast your site out on IRC without someone bitching at best; Or, getting K-lined by an Op at worst. Finally, search engines back in the day were not elegant and often missed a lot of personal sites (Very much like they do today but for different reasons.) Usually to join a webring can be as simple as submitting a site and hoping the other side believes you are human enough to enter. Other webrings tend to go through forums in which people get support and offer commentaries on a thread.
One of those comments we found interesting was one that criticized the overall quality of self-hosting within the Webring community. That there are some that put up a website with some graphics, have one “Hello World” blog and if they have other categories leave construction gif icons everywhere and call it a day. It’s ironically very Geocities of them and fits the 90’s website aesthetic to a tee! But we’ve also heard of comments from people who build websites asking for help that they aren’t even sure what to talk about once they got the site going.
Perhaps this is a good opportunity to help. So read on if you wish to listen to our diatribes further!