Monday, June 23, 2008

Lawmune's Netspace turns 10


Ten years ago today, on June 23rd, 1998, this website ("Lawmune's Netspace") went live. Some of the pages were created before June 23rd, but they weren't available on the Internet until that day.

1998 was the year I graduated from college, which is why I started this site in the first place--as a method of communicating with my college friends and whoever else was interested in reading what I wrote.

A lot has changed since then, but a lot has stayed the same, too. Most of the pages I put up in those early days are still up. Some of it is outdated, but that's okay. I like having it there for the historical record. Besides, the Web shouldn't be full of dead links, and taking content down just because it's old is bad for the Web. I'll eventually update those old pages, some day.

A personal website turning 10 years old might not seem like a big deal, but this site has been very important in my life. Because of Lawmune's Netspace, I've gotten the chance to express myself as a fan of various things, shared knowledge and opinions, gotten involved in other people's creative projects, been invited to speak on several occasions, provided the idea for a character, and even got myself a job. Furthermore, with a brief note of thanks, I reminded the woman who would later become my wife how important she is to me.

My friends know that I'm a fairly private person. I prefer keeping to myself (and my family), but the Web has been a great place for me to share at my own pace. After 10 years, you might think there should be a lot more content here, but I'm actually very happy with what I've got. (That said, I still have a ton of half-formed ideas waiting to turn into full-fledged webpages.)

If you happen upon this blog post, and if this site has helped or entertained you at all during the last 10 years, thank you for visiting and reading! With so many different kinds of pages out there--including social networking sites, wikis, news aggregators, blogs, etc--the humble personal page seems to have fallen out of fashion, but I still think they (personal pages) are important and rewarding. Here's to 10 years! Let's see what the next 10 will bring.

5 comments:

  1. Congratulations!
    Serial Experiment Lain has now the same age... I think it will be a good year.

    Don't know if it's important for you, but I'm from a german Lain forum and we are pretty active... sometimes. ^^;

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  2. lets look up to 10 more great years.^^ congratulations. youre site is great.

    Don't know if it's important for you, but I'm from the same german Lain forum and i find my girlfriend there. ^^;

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  3. Thanks for the kind words :)

    I'm trying to think of something cool to do to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Lain...

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  4. Well, I've been visiting occasionally for a few years, mostly to Thought Experiments Lain and Lainspotting, so I guess I'm one of those who's been "helped or entertained" in the last ten years.

    So congratulations, and thanks for helping me make some kind of sense out of Lain. Here's to ten more years. ^_^

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  5. Congrats for 10 years, and it's nice to see that you're still considered one of the better known experts on Lain and one otaku culture. Glad to see that you're still having fun with it. :3

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