Putting my website on github through the process of creating a static website based on jekyll marks the 9th version of my online presence. 10th would have been better to justify a little retrospective, but then I never considered myself a numerologist.
The first. 1997.
Interestingly the site already contained a component of slapping on a date + title as a headline, accompanied by some content. I'm sure quite a few people did it that way, someone just decided to give it a name at some point: blog. That's how it goes with humans. Business is just a natural extension of what we like to do. I wish we could be relaxed about it at some point.
2000 - CGI.
This was a page on virtualave that allowed free hosting while being able to use some cgi stuff, includes in the html and the like. Fancy stuff, sadly I cannot generate a screenshot of that one anymore ;)
2001 - The first page under realfiction.net
Around 2000-2001 I finally bought realfiction.net and installed my first website, which, if I remember correctly, I maintained with Dreamweaver. This had no blog-style concept but was more like a personal website with things I deemed presentable to a small (possibly very small) audience.
I had that page for quite some time, with only small variations.
As you can see, the latest instalment of the static website had a link to a "weblog", which pointed to a Drupal-Installation.
2005,2006 - Drupal-based page
Around this time I really started to create some content for my website, and I decided to have everything running on the CMS Drupal (as my web provider would allow running PHP and MySQL). I reckon that the final switch to everything running on Drupal coincides with this post here.
2009 - Custom-made website
With my skills growing in SW development, I felt the need to stay in the game with web technologies as my daytime programming was pretty thick client-heavy. Still my roots were in the .NET tech stack, hence I was looking to find a hosting provider which would allow me to run .NET, which I found in WinHost. Also, I wanted to use git, as it was all the rage - My first commit for this website is dated Oct 10, 2009.
The first version of this site was based on NHibernate + FluentNHibernate and ASP.NET MVC. Some 2 years later I switch to the (know unfortunately defunct) FubuMVC. The last incarnation allowed to drop markdown into a dropbox folder which the website would pick up and publish. Not too bad, but somehow I am once more in a phase were I want to reduce any maintenance burden there is for my website.
2014 - Jekyll on github
The github pages striked me as a viable option to keep writing markdown, with pushing as easy as writing git push.
And there I am, looking back at 17 years of personal web pages. A myriad ways to the same conclusion: Sending a web page to a browser.
Still liking it!