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I’m on a Webring Now

Added on 2020-11-14 with tags: webringupdate

I finally was confident enough (and pleased with where my website is right now) to apply for a webring and got accepted last weekend. It’s the webring many Merveilles folks are featured on among other individuals. I don’t think it has a name, but it’s hosted by Devine Lu Linvega on webring.xxiivv.com. Feel free to explore the more than 140 websites featured there!

This webring is an attempt to inspire artists & developers to build their own website and share traffic among each other. The ring welcomes personalized websites such as diaries, wikis & portfolios.

What Even is a Webring?

The Wikipedia on what a webring is:

A webring […] is a collection of websites linked together in a circular structure, and usually organized around a specific theme, often educational or social. They were popular in the 1990s and the early 2000s, particularly among amateur websites.

That’s basically it in a nutshell. The particular one I am on now is not linked circularly, but acts more as an index for all member websites. A good examples for a circular one is the Low Tech Webring, where all the websites contaon a set of links, mostly in the footer, where you can go directly to the “previous” or “next” website, to cycle through the ring.

I like the small revival the webring idea goes through currently (at least it feels to me like it is). It takes me back to the times when the web was still new and exciting to me, and not full of bullshit as it is today. I don’t think I’m alone though, since personal websites seem to pop up again here and there, and projects like the IndieWeb seem to have their place as well.