Many of the posts here were provoked by a book I’ve read recently or been reminded of. It helps me organize my thoughts and let the lessons sink in. For me, posting things here is like exercise, i.e., it’s good for me whether anyone else notices or not.
The server wasn’t mine, but the code, text and images were, and on that platform—unlike any previous medium—they could be viewed instantly by anyone anywhere in the world. In the first few months, I received email comments from people in 17 countries. If you thought about it at all, a big part of creating your own site was deciding what it would be about: What do I have some knowledge of? What can I contribute? Those personal sites were like a community garden planted for its own sake.
Alas, now we mostly have little storefronts in somebody else’s mall. These are mine: