Time to Say Goodbye?
Today I note this site’s eleventh
anniversary. I have no plans to shutter it, but this notice is
probably the last of its kind.
In the late Nineties, I ached to
have my own website, and by 2004, Microsoft’s FrontPage
enabled me to relieve the ache.
After some awkward first steps, I settled on a “look and feel”
swiped from a color consultancy’s site and filled it with
Since text that is pleasant to read
on paper via reflected light might cause eyestrain when direct
light burns those words into one’s retinae, I chose Verdana Bold
for my font and narrow columns. Also, I vowed that no vendors would “hit
up” my visitors. This is not a commerce site, not even “on the
side.” No ads, algorithm-selected or otherwise, with their
page-disfiguring animations, spoil my visitor’s mood.
This site has mainly been a
kind of "billboard" for scholarly articles that, at least ten years ago,
were somewhat hard to find – unless they were already in one’s
personal files. My own had many I thought worth sharing.
As should be obvious, the evolution of the
Internet since 2004 has not affected this website. Except for
the link to my email, there is no “interactivity.” But
technology has rendered this site a quaint irrelevancy in
Articles of the kind that reside
here are simply no longer as
hard to find as they once were. That is, this site’s competitive
advantage has all but vaporized. University
libraries with subscriptions to JSTOR are accessible to
researchers, who may, as individuals, purchase subscriptions to that treasure trove.
There is no market for my hod-carrying.
Anyone can have a web site these
days – and, it seems, anyone does – but I no longer have ends
to which adding to mine regularly is a sensible means.
To maintain it actively would be
like writing letters with a quill pen and expecting others to
wait for their arrival by Pony Express.
In appreciation of the gratitude
that some have expressed for this site’s content,
however, I will maintain it passively for the foreseeable
future. Also, the papers of my friend
have had a “portal” here almost since the beginning, and I would
not abruptly deprive them, or him, of that Internet real estate.
January 17, 2015
About This Site
Were you looking for me?
Probably not. Most likely you were searching for certain content
and, having found it here, you wanted to know a bit more
about what's behind it.
This website, non-commercial (and technologically unevolved,
best viewed on Internet Explorer) is a repository of (a)
scholarship that has put me in debt and (b) essays of mine
whereby I pay that debt forward.
Tool around. Perhaps you
will find things of interest that you were not