In Which I Discuss Multiple Failed Attempts At Making Websites

This website isn't my first rodeo. Or my second. Or my third. I think it's probably my 6th or so?

So let's talk about some internet history that surely nobody will care about!

The First Website

I've been on the internet since a young age, my dad worked in IT so we were hooked up to the internet in the early 90s.

He decided it'd be a fun idea to make his kids a website each, and so that was my first website.

No trace of this website exists any longer. It was simply one page, with a photo of me and a little about me. I remember saying that my favourite website was 3d Realms, which would you believe it, is still going today!

3D Realms hosted a whole host of shareware games so I could fill my boots with games that I never did very well at because I was about 5 years old and terrible at playing video games.

The Website I Don't Even Remember

Nothing on the internet is ever deleted. Except my first website, pretty sure that's gone without a trace.

There is, however, a second incarnation that made it onto the internet archive (somehow). I was 12 years old.

Here's a tip for you, don't let a 12 year old try and make a website.

Made with the archaic Microsoft Frontpage, it features such wonders as "Sonic", "ratchet and clank" and "Message boards" (which didn't work because I had no idea how to make websites).

I have managed to dig up on very excellent sprite comic I made though, which I will share with you now. I present, "Chao Wars 2" (Chao Wars 1 wasn't archived).

Chao Wars 2 Comic

I Decide To Make Sprite Comics

Sometimes when people are younger they do things they subsequently prefer to forget about, and for me it was hosting a sprite comic website. Inspired by the very terrible in hindsight That's My Sonic!, many Sonic fans of the era thought it would be fun to make their own sprite comics. Maybe they still do, but Web 1.0 is over, and nobody will see them anymore.

It wasn't even just me making the comics, there were maybe 4 of us all creating what were probably terrible comics that probably nobody even looked at. Bleh. It may be a good 18 years on from then but looking back on this still gives me butterflies in my stomach.

Surprisingly, a lot of this stuff was actually archived and I uncovered such forgotten relics as "Jonic Heroes" which will surely have been buried forever should I not have decided to mention it here.

So here I present to you the final comic in the Hewligg Urobokkle series (Hewligg Urobokkle is an enemy from Megaman and I just thought the sprite looked cool so I made a comic based around him, despite having never played Megaman).

Hewligg Urobokkle 50

This series ended with me getting older, realising I was wasting away spending all my time on the internet, and in an emotional outburst, permanently deleting the entire website and cutting all ties with online forums.

But remember, nothing on the internet is ever truly deleted.

I Attempt Food Blogging

There's not too much in this I made some recipes, thought I'd blog about it. It was also going to be a beer blog in which I documented my quest to drink a beer from every country in the world (I failed when I got to Saudi Arabia for some reason).

I didn't have the stomach to write those long, sprawling, rambling blog posts that seem to be a requirement for SEO rankings and quickly realised food blogging was annoying and gave up.

I did actually manage quite a good go at it before getting bored though, with 14 recipes making it up.

Sadly, there is absolutely no trace of Food Bear left online, contradicting what I just said above about nothing on the internet ever being truly deleted. I still have the photos I took for my recipes though, and a folder called "stupid pictures". And so, here is a photo of my chin.

My chin

I Attempt Video Game Blogging

Whilst I was totally into indie game development a while ago, I decided I should start writing devlogs, and thus I created an accompanying Wordpress website.

I branched out into writing about indie games, along with other obscure retro games. But soon the curse of novelties wearing off got to me once again and updates became slower, until I decided not to bother anymore.

The thing is, blogging about video games just felt like an awkward medium for it. I had such vocal shyness that I couldn't possibly imagine getting a microphone and putting myself out there for the world to hear.

I actually always liked to idea of making Youtube videos, and I've been watching Youtube pretty much since it first existed, but I never could bring myself to do it.

Eventually, I actually pulled the trigger and bought a microphone and moved my medium to video. The first voiceover I tried to record filled me with such a heightened sense of anxiety. The thought of even recording myself, let alone having to listen back to myself and have other people listen to me as well, was truly too much for me.

It's hard to put myself in those shoes now, because recording myself just feels fine now I've done it a few times.

And so this was the direct precursor to my Youtube Channel Classic Ed becoming a reality.

This Website

The previous website was a Wordpress website, and I think managing a Wordpress site somewhat contributed to my dislike of the whole Web 2.0 thing. It just felt so soulless, I hadn't put any work into it, I just banged out blogs and a backend did the rest of the work for me. I didn't feel attached to it, I didn't feel like it reflected me and I just didn't really like it.

And so here we are on Neocities, a place I feel harks back to the Web 1.0 days that I won't stop talking about.

I was introduced to Freecodecamp by my boss and tried out their frontend web development course, something I never thought I could possibly enjoy, but I gave it a good go regardless. And wouldn't you know it, I think it's alright.

It took a while to get to where we are today, but this website is truly something I'm happy with and proud of creating. It looks good (at least I think so), I made it by hand and it's more made for myself than anyone else.

And so concludes a short history of my failed websites.

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