So I’ve finally got round to updating my site with a nice WordPress blog.
This is the fifth generation of my site.
- My first site was created in 1999 with various personal pages.
- In 2000 I split the site into personal pages and my new business: Richard Loxley Ltd.
- In 2001 I made the business site the focus, with my personal pages relegated to a ‘Fun’ sub page.
- In 2007 I dropped my 1990s ‘Web 0.1’ theme for something a bit more professional.
But even in this fifth generation, I want to hold on to those original pages. In part there’s a great satisfaction in having pages that have been served continuously for 13 years unchanged. But also a few of those pages have become popular and are linked from elsewhere – in particular the page I wrote about the Apple Macintosh Risk game.
I particularly remember how one particular image of my cats turned out to be number 2 on Google image search for the word ectoplasm. I was always beaten to the number 1 spot by James Randi (as the classic debunker of such matters). I was bemoaning this fact to a friend at his birthday party, and went online to show him. And in that brief moment it turned out that I’d somehow knocked Mr Randi off the top spot and I was number 1 in google! That made my day :-)
Of course, in these enlightened days my kitten pictures are nowhere in Google’s index, and that’s how it should be. And I learned SEO for real, and have instead had other sites rank in the Google #1 spot again.
But nothing beats those somewhat naive pages from a bygone era, so here’s the link to those original pages, if nothing else so they’re still indexable by Google, should she wish to peruse them.