I had forgotten all about the Internet Archive Wayback Machine until I was working on updating the “About” page for this web site (changing my theme today, and thusly having the “About” page info show up in the site’s footer, made me realize I had forgotten about it when I relaunched ab.com); it’s an Internet archive of the lameness that has traditionally been my personal web space.
Check out out here: http://web.archive.org/web/*/andybartlett.com
You can see I basically did nothing for a long time; made a relatively decent effort to get something going in 2004; continued that into 2005, and then followed my usual pattern and saw things kaplode. The archive doesn’t track when this site switched from dot com to dot net due to my horrid experience with the thieves at register.com, so there are some things in the 2006-07 range that are likely just gone. Which is probably fine – I’m sure those things sucked anyway.
I found my experimentation with content managers interesting; Blogger in 2002, pMachine in 2004, etc. I’m enjoying WordPress right now, but there will probably be something new at some point in the future. Stuff changes all the time; but somehow, there’s a site like the Wayback Machine recording your experiments for all eternity. Good times.
I just wish it had my old-school sites archived from when I was a student at Kansas State; those would be fun to look at again.