site philosophy

FUCK WEB DESIGN! FUCK JAVASCRIPT! FUCK SOCIAL MEDIA! FUCK THE MODERN WEB! THE TIME TO EMBRACE HELL IS NOW

the value of personal webpages

If I were to have a dream for the future, it would be for more people to embrace creating personal websites and pages instead of relying on social media. Social media tends to provide heavy restrictions on user personalisation and customisation, is heavily moderated, and mostly serves to sell users' data for profit. For example, see sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

While personal sites are a bit more... difficult to setup (requires knowledge of HTML, CSS, the like), the results are a lot more personal and satisfying imo. While Twitter lets me choose a icon, a header (which is barely used), and a bio, creating a page on Neocities allows me so much more creative freedom. Any text, images, and layout can be applied (within the terms, of course), and these possibilities can be expanded if one were to purchase their own web hosting or server.

If you somehow accessed this site from somewhere outside Neocities, I definitely recommend giving it a try. Outside of this, I know Github also allows static pages to be created, and I'm sure there are still some other free options there. I don't really reccommend using sites with WYSIWYG editors as it takes away from the magic, not to mention usually contains an ungodly amount of Javascript, bloat, and external resources that bogs down the user experience (looking at fucking Wix).

If anything, I think it's also just plain cool to be able to make your own webpage and do whatever the hell you want. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time of Neopets browsing user-created petpages (webpages that conformed to the site restrictions) and just looking at them in awe. A lot of these pages just contained simple scrolling divs that contained the user's art, but I still just looked at them like "holy shit, I wanna make these too." Neopets and its fansites thankfully contained HTML tutorials, so that's where I began learning the basics of what I'd still be doing for a hobby 10+ years later.

(31/07/2019)