Ten years ago, in a school's computer room somewhere in northern Taiwan, I became a blogger, and I didn't even know it!
To get my printed photos online, I began using using a scanner in Chinese and yahoo's geocities to record my daily life here in Taiwan. The photo quality is terrible . . . and the layout was tedious, but, if I do say so myself, the design was better than many "homemade" websites from the late '90s.
But OH! if I had had flickr and blogger back then, not to mention a digital camera . . . how sweet that would have been!!!!
In fact, I carried my mom's 35mm film camera in my purse daily for a year. Soon after that I got my first digital camera, and so for nearly 10 years now my purse has always housed a point and shoot camera. It is essential--more important than lipgloss and a driver's licence!
Anyway, Geocities is closing later this year, which made me want to take a walk down memory lane. Feel free to click through and see what life was like for me as an exchange student in Taiwan in 1999.
Here was my very first "blog." (nothing is there now besides the "first blog," which I didn't even know was a blog at the time.)
I had an index/home page (which originally was set up kinda of like flickr's sets page), that I changed when I started using another site and then changed again when I moved to blogging.
summer in taiwan
studying in taiwan
residing in taiwan
friends in taiwan
sightseeing in taiwan
holidays in taiwan
classmates in taiwan
religion in taiwan
vacation in japan
Based on these "album" names, can you guess what I called that very first site?
That's right "amanda in taiwan." And, yes, my love for not using capital letters in my online world titles started with this very site . . . ten years ago!! (Can you tell I'm having a hard time accepting it was a decade ago that all this happened!?!?!)
Bye-bye, my dear first online home. Rest in peace.