This blog has been online since 1998
This blog started out as one of the oldest “personal homepages” of the early internet.
I first set up a free home page on Xoom, then it struck me how cool it would be to have my own .com domain. I checked, and found that bauck.com was available. Voilà!
Since I had the domain, it made sense to use it for more than just publishing an assignment, so I created some pages coded in HTML, using Windows Notepad. Those pages included a short story of my life, my CV and a handful of pictures. It basically followed the recipe for the handful of “personal home pages” that tech-savvy people used to have in the late 90s.
When I discovered the joys of photography around 2003, I started uploading some of my pictures to the site. I had already moved to Kenya at the time, and rarely missed out on an opportunity to travel to new places in Africa. Back then, pictures online of most places on this marvelous continent were scarce, so when I discovered a thing called Google analytics, I was shocked to see ťhat my site actually attracted thousands of unique visitors monthly.
I had even taken the effort to write a few words about some of the places I had visited, and this suddenly placed me among the top Google hits for a lot of places in Kenya, Ethiopa and on Zanzibar. At one point, my site would even come up as number 6 when you googled “Nairobi“.
The concept of blogging was in its infancy at this time, and I was still using static pages, requiring quite some effort for every addition. Hence, the site remained limited to a photo gallery, and a handful of travel stories.
In 2009, I finally started using WordPress, and the pages from my old website finally entered the era of blogging.
I’ve been an on-and-off blogger ever since, but for as long as people keep clicking, I still do find it worthwhile! 🙂
My About Me page, the core of any classic 1990s “personal home page”, was the original centerpiece of my blog. It has evolved quite a lot since then, along with my life, and this site! 😄