[July 16, 2023; updated July 20]
All this made me realize some things:
Overall, then, I wanted to write in a more personal voice, flaws and all. I wanted to give the web more heart. I’m sure some old-timer will tell me the heart was gone by the 80’s or the 90’s, but since my parents finally plugged their aging 14.4 kbps modem into a (second) phone line in 1999, it’s that 1999-2003 period that I miss.
Well, somewhat miss. We didn’t get even CSS 2.1 support in all browsers until after the Great Stagnation. To write for the post-Internet-Explorer web is as though a great burden has been lifted, or a deep shadow banished.
I guess one other inspiration has been the solar powered Web server🌎 from Low←Tech Magazine, which I read about ages ago. (NOTE: the link may be offline, particularly in winter, if there isn’t enough sunlight in Barcelona, Spain to keep the battery charged.) It seems like a good guiding philosophy for my own personal site: if page weight is kept down, so too is data transfer time🌎, and therefore energy usage. I don’t have the luxury of literally running the site on solar power, but I can follow the aesthetic.