A Letter to the Yesterweb


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A Letter to the Yesterweb | 2022-06-08
(this is largely directed at members of the Yesterweb, but also applies to people i've met thru neocities and mastodon!!) Also, it's clearly not done, but if I don't upload it now, I never will...so it's a WIP!!!

Dear Netizens,
Today is my NeoCities anniversary. One year since I created an account on a fairly unassuming website with a cartoonish cat mascot. At the time, I had no idea what a change my life was about to go through. How long ago it all seems!
It all started with emreed's Low-Tech Webring. Some of my IRL friends and I like to keep up with
Everest Pipkin's projects, and one of them sent me the webring's directory link after discovering that they were part of it. From there, I found Sadness' site (a phrase I often see in the #intros channel, haha!) and through that, the Yesterweb Discord server. After awkwardly hanging around for a bit, I finally made a NeoCities--A whole MONTH after joining! Before NeoCities, I had a rather simple page hosted through GitHub, but NeoCities brought me something that I was looking for: Community.
I feel more connected than ever--even if someone's interests are radically different than mine, i still, inevitably, feel a connection to them. We both sought out a place outside the confines of the starched code of places like Facehell and Bird App. There's a certain DIY ethic, a drive to create and share what you create (even if it can sometimes feel like shouting into a void) with others, that I think all website creators necessarily share. If we didn't, then we wouldn't be here! additionally, i cannot stress enough how important it is to have a learning community. we motivate each other, learn from each other, and inspire each others' creative spirit. There have been innumerable times where i've been
inspired to make something by a question that someone else asked in one of the help channels. Thank you all for making the Yesterweb a welcoming and fun place to be, and here's to hanging out more in the future!!!

Shoutouts: people who have inspired me, helped me learn, and grow: (some of them i am even fortunate enough to call my friends!)

sadness--the leader of our ragtag crew of HTML hobbyists, career IT experts, and artists >:D I feel like you're sort of the mad scientist of the Yesterweb--
You always announce that you have a crazy-cool project in progress and then like an hour later you're like "omg done!!" and it's amazing
madness--an essentially unknowable server cryptid, madness will surface for like an hour, say something interesting, and then disappear for weeks. probably the healthiest way to use discord, actually....
cinni--An incredibly talented artist and the creator of one of the most ~ A E S T H E T I C ~ sites around!
a magician with CSS, she's also unfailingly kind and the person to see if you need a retro cute/anime graphic~!
AuzzieJay--Creative, levelheaded and quick to make a joke. I appreciate your sense of humor! LITERALLY my favorite vegan marxist webmaster >:D
xandra--I have yet to have a conversation with you where you are anything less than a positive and rational voice! plus your site is styled as a museum, which is rad.
Snufkin--a cool cat for sure. *old man voice* we go waaay back, snufkin is someone i hung out with a lot when the server was smaller. plus ur a moomins fan so >>> and ur website is one of my all-time faves hehe
Grafo--Another mad scientist, and a positive presence on the server! thanks for setting up the cybercafe hub, it's super cool!
Bytemoth--my go-to person for software recommendations. Bytemoth knows what's up.
Spriteclad:
Melonking:
LLT--such a kind (and enigmatic) individual. Though it's been a while since we've talked, I always appreciate your insight!
maya: Maya's site design takes the phrase "simple yet elegant" to a whole new level -- also has a ton of great links!
kicks condor:
weiwei:
grossgirl94: such a well-designed site!!!
everest pipkin: basically the reason i got into this stuff when i did. constantly in awe of their projects!!
tsvety: tsvety has helped me troubleshoot hard drives and given me lots of resources for learning russian :) (not to mention the fact they got our mastodon instance up and running!!) (thx tsvety)
memo: i'm not sure we've *directly* interacted that much, but i've seen you give a lot of helpful tech advice in the server, which i appreciate!!
fLaMEdfury: just generally a cool guy, fLaMEd has consistently provided top-tier tech help, and is always willing to give pointers when someone needs them!!
hiraethe
lhfm/LiterallyHifumi
owocean
teddybear-halo
rocktype
dannarchy
and many, many more...

Hope this letter finds you all well,
Tonic J. Funk, Hedge Programmer

P.S. i know i haven't been super active recently--the combination of Life Stuff and having executives that love to dysfunction gets in the way, so recently i've mostly ended up just lurking T_T i'm still around tho!!