In the Beginning…

When I first became aware of the "World Wide Web" in about 1995 I hopped right in. It was a different world then, everyone was was talking about Baud rates, 14.4, 38, 56k. When was the last time you heard the word "Baud"? People set their browsers to not load images, a different world. Anyway, I didn't know what to do, but no one did, so I started.

The first web page I did was the kind that hangs off the ISP's website in my user folder. Did the HTML in note pad, again, a different world. My first site was "Win Big Prizes". I used search engines to find Houses, Harleys, and Porches that were in sweepstakes or being raffled off. I remember my lede, "Only Big Prizes, no mouse pads, no tee shirts, no Teach Yourself Esperanto courses". Anyway, didn't make any money, but I did learn HTML.

The hurdle after the technical is where does the content come from? I latched on to the Directory model. Everyone publishing wants exposure, so I could add value by classifying and grouping other's efforts into a more useful format. I used to enjoy the serendipity of looking at the books in the library near the book I was looking for, I would try to replicate that on the web.

So, the How was addressed, next was the What. At the time, the late '90s, I was partners in a small Olympic Class Racing sailboat, a Soling, on the Delaware River in Center City Philadelphia. As Kenneth Grahame would say in his book, "The Wind in the Willows", `Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING--absolute nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,' he went on dreamily: `messing--about--in--boats; messing----'. So, I would create directory of Boating web sites, BoatingLinks.com. I bought the domain name in 1998, it was easier to pick a good name then.

To be Continued ...