Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Those were the days

I almost missed Thom's belated comment to my 'Ten Thousand Hellos' post, but I'm so glad I spotted it.  It casually directed me to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, which, incredibly, has several old pages of the original Hermit Guide for viewing.  I was totally astonished to see them, and somewhat depressed to note that I was a far better blogger six years ago than I am now (is it bad form to laugh at your own writing?).  Most of the images haven't survived the archiving process but it was still a fascinating journey.  I must draw your attention to the page dated 28 November 2002, in which I moan about my lack of wisdom teeth.  Does that sound familiar?  I was also amused by my discovery of eBay on one of the early pages, even recommending it to my readers as if they wouldn't have heard of it!  Anyway, the archive page is here if you're interested.  There's plenty of embarrassing stuff too, but it made my day.  Thanks, Thom!

4 comments:

Ariane said...

As well as a very funny writer, I think you also didn't give yourself credit for some great web design. And it's lovely to have a reminder of our friendship over the years. x

Hermit Guy said...

Thank you. Some of the design was good (22 versions gave me plenty of practice!) but with all those missing images you'd never know it now. It rather reinforces the importance of content over style.

Yes, interesting to chart our friendship - we appeared to see a lot more of each other back then...

Thom said...

You are welcome. Yours was the first website I could think of to check on, especially as I lost track of the number of versions and fancied a reminder. You were so naive and innocent back then..ahhh! I never did learn how to be a Hermit though. Perhaps I will wait for the movie. By the way, you appear to be back on Facebook - my wedding photos are up if that is the case.

Hermit Guy said...

I was looking at your wedding photos today - very nice. I did leave a comment on my wall, but then realised that I should have written it on your wall. I've done that before - the whole wall thing doesn't make much sense to me. Anyway, I only rejoined temporarily for a specific reason and will be gone again in a week or so.