This month marks my eighteenth year in web design. It’s hard to wrap my brain around that.
I spent some time yesterday digging through DVD backups and my external hard drive to gather examples of every layout/version of Hoshichan.com I could find. Missing three out of 31, which is surprisingly good, all things considered — I suspect version 19 was lost in the Great Crash of 2008. The other two, I’m not sure. They may yet turn up on another CDR somewhere, who knows.
It was interesting to open up the HTML files for version 1, circa May 2000. No CSS, no include files (header/footer)… no central images folder, I shudder to think what the site root must have looked like. (I did amend that by version two, but still. Eye-opening.) Not only did I have the files, but it all worked when I uploaded it! It was basic coding, to be sure, but still, I was chuffed.
Eighteen years. The internet is very different from when I started out… yet very much the same. It’s weird.