March 05, 2005
Two new sites launched
I haven't done much of this kind of work in a long time, since that sense of nausea set in around May 2000, when I realized that the Web of that time was an artificial creation of too much stupid money being spent on too many ridiculous ideas... an artificial ecosystem, if you will, for as little as the sites of those days were hooked into real communities.
So besides developing an aversion to shopping carts and look-alike sites that hang out a shingle for no real purpose or good reason, and despite my sense that most web design companies were still taking advantage of many companies' ignorance and trying to suck as much naive money out of small firms as they can, legal con jobs, in other words, I pretty much stopped working on non-personal web ventures altogether.
RSS, Atom, blogs and FOAF networks, growing out of the overdue rubble of those times, were a sign of hope. But still, I couldn't bring myself to work on sites that were just rehashing and imitating code that had already been written many times over. I just couldn't get excited over anything that was not innovative, or pushing on limits, not just limits for their own sake. That was pretty much why I suspended aggressive development of this Serendipit-e, Inc. site until I had a stronger sense of where I wanted to go with it.
I was sick to death of riding around on the Web on a horseless carriage. I wanted something to come from this grand shakeout. Interesting content, and advanced ways of navigating and interacting with it.
And whether it did or whether it didn't, I just helped launch two new non-personal project sites, sites I care about and am proud of, even if there are many other sites like these, because I feel they empower the people whom the sites represent and give them their due.
I don't know if this means I'll actually give this micropublishing thing a shot, or if it was just something to do, but by god, take a look if you feel like it.
Book site: The Curse of Cain, Civil War historical fiction.
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