On October 19, 2001, I launched my very first webpage. It looked like this:
Let’s see, I used frames and Times New Roman. I’m pretty sure I had a totally unnecessary inline frame somewhere in there too. And of course, I had a fancy visitor counter. 😜 There was absolutely no content besides a blurb about Cardcaptor Sakura which was my favorite anime at the time.
I remember showing my webpage to my best friend, and her reaction was the equivalent of today’s “cool story bro.” But you know what? It was cool. 13-year-old me was giddy about having a website. An entire new world had just opened up.
A few months later, I started blogging. That was what all the cool webmistresses did. Yeah, we used that word. My blog was pretty much what you’d expect from a teenager. Lots of smilies and exclamation points!!! (=^_^=) So much randomness because I was soooooooo weird and stuff!! xD *sweatdrops* ORLY YA RLY!!
(Okay, so I still have a propensity to abuse emojis well over a decade later, and I still get too peppy in my writing. Can I live??)
I mostly wrote about school, anime, and books. I was also obsessed with online quizzes (RIP Quizilla) and often ended my entry with one. My blog was very much a constant stream of consciousness. Writing for an audience wasn’t as big of a deal back then.
As I went through my teens, my writing improved. I began placing more effort into my words and posting pictures to make my entries more visually pleasing. I cared about how my blog looked overall as my intuition for aesthetic developed.
My coding also improved. I graduated from frames to table layouts, eventually moving on to proper CSS floats. Still improving, in fact. 🙂
I still wrote plenty about my life. Perhaps too much. I had no regard for my family and friends’ privacy and posted their pictures willy nilly. I regret that, and I’m much more careful when I mention them in public now. I was also big into photography and bookbinding and posted my works on those.
By the tail end of my first blogging stint, I had left the Philippines to study college in the US. I ended up not having as much time as well as losing my passion for blogging as I took on more and more activities in school. It’s funny to think of now, I had so much to write about, but neither had the time nor motivation for it.
I decided to stop blogging by then and place more focus in school amongst other reasons. I moved permanently to LiveJournal where I had a secondary blog, although that also cooled eventually.
I didn’t code very much while I was gone, and I switched to fanfic writing for my creative outlet (*cough*).
I periodically missed blogging. I had a number of false starts on Tumblr, LJ, Dreamwidth, and some other places. It was never quite the same.
Of course, I didn’t stop living despite not blogging about it. In my six years on hiatus, I remained active in various student organizations, assisted in neuroscience research, did a lot of clubbing, had a messy dating life, lost my dad to cancer, and eventually got married and settled down. It was very much a formative period of my life. I was a completely different person once I’ve come out of it all.
On an impulse one day, I decided to re-register my domain and installed a fresh WordPress blog. So much had changed while I was on my long sabbatical. Blogging for a living blew up, new webdev technologies had come out, and social media had become so much more important. I had a lot of catching up to do, but I’m glad I came back.
Some fifteen years later, blogging and coding are back to being regular parts of my life. I’ve made many friends and learned a lot along the way. My approach to blogging has changed since I started, as my priorities are different now. I now focus more on my interests and topics that I believe will benefit my readers. I still write about my life, but I take better care not to put a huge spotlight on it. With maturity and a career comes a desire for more privacy.
I still enjoy blogging all the same. I’m determined not to leave anymore. I may post less, maybe take a break here and there, but I’ll always come back. ❤
Seven plus two years, and going strong!
And now, a giveaway!
Speaking of years, my friend Jae of SCATTERBRAIN is holding a giveaway for her 4th blog anniversary! I’m new to all this, but I was more than happy to help her make it happen. 💻 The winner will receive $150 PayPal cash and 2-oz. Swirl and Sparkle Solid Brush Cleanser! How sweet does that sound? 🤑 Check out the guidelines below and enter for a chance to win!
- This giveaway is open internationally to anyone with a PayPal account who is over the age of 18.
- Type in my blog (Little Town) when asked which blog you’re entering from.
- You may enter until February 29 at 11:59pm (EST).
- A winner will be contacted by Jae no later than the first week of March.
Sounds good? Check out the widget below to enter! And do check out all the lovely ladies that also helped make this giveaway possible. Good luck, everyone! 😘