I’ve been writing on the web for fourteen years.
My first website was called “The Official DALnet #teenwicca Homepage.” It contained resources for an IRC channel aimed at neo-pagan teenagers, of which I was co-moderator when I was thirteen, in 1996. Soon afterward, I started “Gamori’s Nameless Domain,” the first in a series of personal sites with tiny fonts and black backgrounds, hosted on Geocities and Tripod and the domains of my friends, such as milligram.org and sleepy.org. I wrote a lot of teen angst poetry on these early sites, which had names like “Impaling the Damselfly” and “Not Quite Orgasmic.” I only knew one other person ‘in real life’ who knew HTML.
The archives of my online journal from 1999-2007 are available here. In 1999, I was fifteen, a sophomore at Statesboro High School in Statesboro, GA, when I registered my first domain, Sarasvati.org. Sarasvati was up until mid-2000, and featured cutting-edge (for the time) design and digital art, in addition to the diary. It was surprisingly popular, and was linked by early bloggers Jason Kottke and Jeffrey Zeldman. When other people in my small town started reading it, I freaked out and took it down.
My next web project – Erendira.org – was up until late 2001, and it covers my senior year in high school. I was trying out a more experimental writing style, rather than the typical diary format, and I began posting my digital photography as well. The original site is still online via the WayBack Machine.
There’s a gap in the archives from the end of 2001 until the middle of 2002, the period during which I moved from Georgia to New York City for college, and then dropped out of NYU and ran away with my then-boyfriend (whom I’d met online through one of the pre-Sarasvati sites). During that period, I was writing mainly on LiveJournal and in paper notebooks. A small subset of the hitchhiking diary entries (which were written near-daily from February through August 2002) are presently online. I’ve long planned to type out the rest someday.
In 2003, while I was living in Washington, DC, I started Villanelle.org. I was 19. The entire journal was password-protected until August 2006.