This is a non-sewing post, and probably not going to mean a lot to most of my readers. But I’m feeling nostalgic and I can’t shake it.
Recently one of my favourite blogs (heck I might as well just call it my favourite blog since I’ve been reading since 2005) talked about blogs changing and whatnot. Someone in the comments started talking about ol’ fanlistings and blinkies and all the relics of the 2000’s blog scene, and good ol’ nostalgia just went into overdrive. I haven’t been able to shake the feeling since this morning. I’ve also been replaying the re-mastered Final Fantasy X remake which has not helped with the nostalgia at all. This was my life back in high school. I never studied much, but I pretty much lived for Photoshop and really basic web design.
With that said I just want to take a very selfish tour of my blogging history (very selfish because I can’t imagine this being interesting to anyone other than me) until today. I sort of want to do it to move on as well. It sounds ridiculous but I do get very sad thinking about how owning a website and blog has completely changed now. The change is, to be honest, really for the better because people can actually learn stuff from today’s blogs. Back in the day (and you’ll see) I used to just write really inane, wanky, and insufferable 15 year old shit. Still, there’s something to be said for the extreme narcissism of the teenage blogs of yesteryear. The thing I probably missed the most were the ever changing layouts though which were as complicated as heck.
I saved a lot of stuff from wayback when, so I’m just sharing the abridged version. Holy heck I don’t even remember doing half this stuff – like apparently I ran an abacus adoption site!
Anyway… LET’S LAY SOME FREAKIN’ GHOSTS TO REST NOW.
This was my first saved layout for my old personal website ‘Hikaria.net’. I lost a lot of my very early layouts from before 2004. It features Lulu from FFX because my life was literally that, Photoshop, and MSN messenger. Looking back I have to say I’m surprised that I chose Lulu, I did not even like her!
Then there was this Naruto layout from when Naruto was super relevant and I had a crush on an anime character. This layout is so generically 2000’s personal site that I am in nostalgia overdrive right now.
(PS can you believe Naruto is still going right now?!)
Probably the only useful thing I did at the time was make free Photoshop brushes for people to download which were actually a hoot.
Then everything became a bit more subdued…
And then Hikaria.net pretty much closed down for me in grade 11.
Then a blogging friend of mine hosted my site on her personal website (back in the days when we applied to be hosted on other people’s sites!)
This post was actually from 2007 when I was in first year uni, which surprised me. I thought I had stopped blogging like this well and truly in high school. Either way I don’t think I continued for long and took a very long break from blogging.
I then took up sweets deco and blogged about it at hikaria.wordpress.com which is still there. It became known as a blog specifically for sweets deco, which I didn’t want. I wanted to blog about a lot of different stuff, so I decided to make another blog and ‘rebrand’ myself.
…which became known as the short-lived ‘One Dessert, Please’.
Then uni took over and I didn’t like sweets deco anymore. I decided to just give it all up again until last year, when I realised I just can’t stop blogging, and returned.
AND NOW WE’RE HERE.
Looking back, my biggest, biggest regret is giving up so many blogs to ‘start anew’ because I was scared people wouldn’t like me changing the focus of my blog. But I’ve decided I blog for myself now for the pure enjoyment of it, and if it means one day I’m going to take people on a super narcissistic journey of my blogging life and the next day i’ll be posting very informative reviews on sewing marking tools (spoiler alert), so be it. I just want to blog.